The Old Farmer's Almanac posted an article on Facebook today entitled "What To Do With Fall Leaves." I have a couple of huge oak trees, none of which I can fit my arms around. They drop plenty of leaves to keep me busy in the fall. This year, I'd like to put them to work in … Continue reading Using Leftover Leaves
The King of the North pepper is the best tasting pepper in my garden, hands down. I'm not a fan of most peppers. I think they have an odd flavor. But these peppers I could munch on. The King of the North is a mild, sweet pepper with an absolutely delicious flavor. This pepper's fruits … Continue reading King of the North Pepper
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
I'm taking a moment to breathe. We have all had those days or weeks even, where everything seems to be non-stop. Home from work, take care of the garden, do some light (and I mean very light reading), process some photographs, play with the pets, and go to bed (if I'm lucky) around 1 or … Continue reading How About Those Goals?
Today I was lucky enough to spend the entire day working in the garden. And I mean working. My mulch arrived yesterday! I read about Deep Mulching on The Prairie Homestead blog a few years ago and have wanted to try it since. Normally by the fall I'm exhausted from the garden and my busy season as a landscape … Continue reading Deep Mulching
Ah, the nursery. Getting the nursery around marks one of my favorite times of the year. Within a matter of weeks, my teeny tiny seeds will start sprouting and life will begin. All of the planning and organizing comes to this moment. So naturally, this being an epic time, I take a lot of care … Continue reading How to Setup a Nursery: Seedling Style
Every year I struggle with coming up with a good labeling system for my plants. I've tried everything from the fancy route to the creative. The fact is gardens are hard work. Why make more work for myself coming up with a creative and time consuming labeling system? Why not go simple and have more … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
There are dozens of ways to create the structures for a vertical garden. If you do an internet search, you'll find hundreds of "creative ways" and "helpful design tips." But what most of these articles seem to leave out is the functionality and toxicity of the materials. For example, PVC materials are a great, cheap … Continue reading Which Wood is Good? The Skelton Structure
When I first started my own garden, I didn't put much consideration into the planting schedule. I figured the last weekend in May was always the best time to plant all plants because the frost has passed. Now that I am more experienced, I've come to realize how important the planting schedule is. Not only … Continue reading Schedules!
While finishing the layout for my garden, I ended up making a few changes to my plant list. Here's the final list. DeCicco Broccoli Groniner Brussels Sprouts Marketmore 76 Cucumber Amish Melon Sweet Granite Melon Butternut Squash Lemon Squash Black Beauty Zucchini Siberian Tomato German Pink Tomato Martino's Roma Tomato Riesentraube Tomato Golden Treasure Pepper … Continue reading The Plants of 2017!