If the arrival of the catalogs was exciting, then you know the arrival of new seeds is a thrill. Images of tiny plants sprouting from the soil in the mini greenhouses fill my imagination. The joys of watching them grow, eventually moving into larger containers and under the larger grow lights. Scribbling notes on how … Continue reading The Arrival of the Seeds
Vertical Gardening: Growing Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space by Derek Fell. If you're interested in growing a vertical garden, this book is an excellent read. It: Addresses the pros and cons to growing vertical Explains the different levels of a vertical garden (climbers, foundation, and support) Provides detailed … Continue reading Book Review for Vertical Gardening by Derek Fell
I love the flavor of pink tomatoes. Caspians and German Pinks have been my favorite tomato for several years now. Not only are they massive in size, but have excellent flavor and are perfect for my preferred way of eating tomatoes; sliced. Unfortunately, I passed on the Caspains this year and only planted German Pinks. … Continue reading Now that’s a Tomato!
August 1st marks the celebration of the first harvest; Lughnasadh. The celebration of the sun, of life, and of the harvest. By this point, I've already harvested a few plants (especially if I'm growing peas) but it marks the time when the garden really begins to flourish. Tomatoes and peppers are being picked by the … Continue reading The Garden in August
"I'm not going to do a garden next year." That's what I keep telling my husband. Gardens are a lot of time and hard work. But when January rolls around, I know I'll start planning. I know I'll pull out my notes and garden layout from this year. I know I'll start looking at seeds … Continue reading I’m not going to do a garden next year.
Have I been busy or what. At one point, in a two week period, I was home for 3 nights. The adventures never stop. Unfortunately, my garden has taken a bit of a hit. Weeds were starting to get a bit out of control and my plants are well over-do for a good feeding. … Continue reading How the time Flies
There's a lot going on in the garden these days. New plants are going in daily, and the cool weather crops are being harvested. My Holmes Royal Radishes are coming up and oh do they taste delicious. This is my first time growing radishes. It is not what I expect and in the future, I … Continue reading The First of the Harvest
Every year the Environmental Working Group releases a "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce". The list, Dirty Dozen, contains the produce that tested highest for residual pesticides. If I remember correctly, this study tests non-organic produce. Dirty Dozen Strawberries Spinach Nectarines Apples Peaches Pears Cherries Grapes Celery Tomatoes Sweet bell peppers Potatoes Hot Peppers You … Continue reading EWG’s Dirty Dozen #WhyIGrow
In a disappointed state, I examined the tiny bumps on one of my banana pepper leaves. There were dozens of them. I tried to wipe them off but they wouldn't budge. At least I knew they weren't eggs from a little pest. I told myself that I would probably have to toss the plant. What … Continue reading What the heck is Edema?
Planting schedules. How awful are they? Those little charts that give you an estimated time to plant things based on your zone. Sometimes they are not clear. Sometimes they go against each other. Sometimes the seasons are different. It can be overwhelming and frustrating. A little while ago, I read a blog post: Daffodils? That means … Continue reading Nature’s Signs It’s Time to Plant