I've never grown Leeks before. That makes it a bit intimidating but also means I'm spending a lot of time researching them. What do they need? How do they grow? How should I start them? Starting Leeks There are a few varieties of leeks that require different growing seasons. Early season leeks are less hardy … Continue reading Growing Leeks
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
One of my goals for this year is to design, build, and install an irrigation system for the vegetable garden. To better achieve this, I decided that it would be worth examining last year's layout and converting it into a design that would make it easier to work with such a system. In addition to … Continue reading A Layout Revamp
Over the last two days, I've received both my Baker Creek and Seed Saver Exchange catalogs. A pleasant reminder that garden planning is right around the corner. While others are dreaming of a "white christmas", I'm dreaming of freshly picked peas, ripened tomatoes, and dirt under my fingernails, completely ignoring those words I utter every … Continue reading Seed Categories: My Favorite Time of the Year
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
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!
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
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
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.