I was catching up on some reading this morning and came across this posting- 27 Tips from a Master Gardener - published on The Survival Mom. There are some great tips in there, some of which I already practice and some I had never heard of. Either way, I thought it was interesting enough to share.
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
Okay, so maybe I exaggerated a bit. It was one beetle on one eggplant but that little guy was hungry. And one of the weirdest pests I have ever seen. It took me a little while to figure out what it was. I had never seen anything like it before. I thought it was some … Continue reading The Invasion Clavate Tortoise Beetle
For years, my husband I have dreamt of owning a piece of land. Some place far away from any major city or a large population of people. Some place where we can spend hours hiking, exploring waterfalls, or just enjoying the view. Some place we can call home. Five years ago we found that perfect … Continue reading Home Sweet Home
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
I get these ideas sometimes. They are great ideas. Practical ideas. However, they tend to make things a little more complicated. My garden's structural design originally was simple, natural structures. This would help keep cost down and would result in me spending more time in a forest, gathering supplies. Bonus. Although spending time in the forest … Continue reading Mini-Greenhouses that Convert
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
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?
My nursery is quickly running out of space and I'm starting to get this overwhelming feeling of despair. The end is near! Or rather the beginning. My nursery has kept what were once little seedlings and now flourished plants, alive for weeks. They are eager to get outside and I'm eager to get them there, … Continue reading 8 Newly Planted Beauties