It’s time to dust off the seed starting flats, plug in your grow lights and rob the recycling bin. Once upon a time, I swore I would never be one of those crazy people whose every surface was covered with small contraptions of germinating sprouts gathering condensation under jury-rigged greenhouses. But if you want to [...]
Holly berries? For the birds. Rotting persimmons? I’ll leave those to the squirrels. There’s not much going on in my garden right now, and certainly nothing warm and comforting. I don’t have a piping hot lasagna plant or a corn chowder vine. What I do have is Bok Choy. Also known as Pak Choi, or [...]
I am really bummed. I just got an order from Scheepers Kitchen Garden, which included ‘Cheddar’ cauliflower, a beautiful yellowy-orangish cauliflower, high in beta-carotene, which I was very excited to try.
I should have done my research before I ordered, because I just found it is a Monsanto seed. I just assumed that nothing at [...]
I have added not one, not two, but three new raised beds to my yard! I am beyond excited. Here I am this morning putting the finishing touches on a 5′x3′ bed that will go in the front of the house. It took about 10 minutes to make, the big box store I went to [...]
We’re nearing the end of tomato season, and soon I will be pulling the plants down for fall clean up. And then come the long months sans fresh tomatoes. So I have been harvesting and putting up tomatoes in various forms. Today I made a massive batch of sundried tomatoes, actually oven-dried. Although the batch [...]
It’s been about 10 days since I discovered the Squash Vine Borers had been lunching on my pumpkin vines. I worried whether my little babies would make it, now that their main food supply was cut off. They developed new roots, which I nurtured half-heartedly, I mean there are a lot of mosquitoes out there, [...]
Oh this most evil of garden pests! The Squashe Vine Borer (SVB) burrows into your cucurbit vines at the base, destroying the plant’s life force, and before you know it, your healthy vine is limp, leaves are desiccated, yellow, your plant is dying. Unless! Unless your plant finds another mechanism by which to survive. Plants [...]
This is what the table on my back patio looks like:
I’m sure it seems like a mess to my neighbors, but there is purpose in the chaos. Those are some of my tomatoes, taking in the sun. I have salvias and agastache coming along in the milk jugs. Flats of old-fashioned sweet-peas [...]
I started my tomatoes in late January. Pretty early, but I am determined to have a longer tomato season than I did last year. This is batch no.1, and I plan to start another batch in late March.
So I sowed three different types, Black Cherry, Stupice and Sungold. The first two of the three [...]
As I mentioned in the previous post, I decided to get some peas going in case we have a super short spring. Of course, as soon as I decided to do that, the temps dipped and are now hovering in the mid 40s. Not exactly typical February temps, but cooler than its been. Still, I [...]