I have noticed an increase in insect activity in the garden over the past couple of days. Bugs that I haven't previously encountered are roaming my crops. I panic, and then my reasoning kicks in. Off to google I go. The Mexican Beetle Enemy This one surprised me. I thought it might be something similar … Continue reading New Allies and New Enemies
Plants are growing. Flowers are blooming. Cool crop harvests are wrapping up. It's a beautiful time for transition. I could spend hours photographing and observing these changes occur in my garden.
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