It has been very hot and dry lately, so I have been spending more time watering the garden. And when I water, I observe. This morning I was out and I can’t resist checking on things, even if I am in a hurry and need to get to work. I am grateful that my job is flexible enough… Read More First Watermelon Ever
We Were Soldiers is one of my favorite Mel Gibson movies. He plays Lt Colonel Hal Moore who fought an epic battle in the Ia Drang Valley during the Vietnam War. At one point, the enemy presses them on all sides and is about to over run them. Moore sees it all, stops and shouts “Broken… Read More Broken Arrow!
This is my first year growing melons, and I am very excited at the growth I am seeing. I am not without trepidation, though. It is like watching your favorite team winning, but the score is too close and they could still lose! I am excited, but what could go wrong?! Trellising My strategy going into… Read More Melons
They look awful. Just awful. The blight I mentioned before has infected most of my tomatoes to some degree, some a lot and some only a little. I have been trying to apply the Liqui-Cop to combat it, but I think the rain has not helped at all. I really hate showing bad pictures, but here goes:… Read More My Poor Tomatoes
On Tuesday night I went out to harvest more tomatoes, which you can see below. We are getting so many! I also picked some cucumbers, yellow and Lebanese squash, and a few beets to roast. The tomatoes are still coming in and are beautiful and delicious, despite the blight. We harvested roughly the same amount of tomatoes… Read More A Little Garden Cost Analysis
Patiently I wait for this beautiful fruit! So slow to grow… maybe it is the waiting that makes them taste so sweet. My goal this year was to be a better succession planter so that vegetables get spread out throughout the year. In prior years I would get a big harvest all at once and… Read More Pepper Update
This experiment will either be a colossal win or a colossal fail. I found this video on Youtube (linked below) where a gardner had set up a wooden trellis on her raised beds for her squash, cucumbers and melons. I really liked the set up, and how efficient it was. It was really inspirational! I already had… Read More Trellis Experiment
Today the UK voted to leave the European Union, and all over the news there is plenty of opinion on the why’s and how’s. I am not going to comment on whether it was good or bad, but it has created a lot of uncertainty in the financial markets about where and when to invest… Read More Financial Markets Plunge…But My Garden Futures Are Up!
Harvest There is nothing like a fresh ripe tomato from the garden, and what only makes it better is beautiful variety. Below is a half bushel of tomatoes I harvested last night. I am growing Black Krim, Dr. Wyche’s Yellow, Black Cherry, Green Vernissage Cherry, Sunrise Bumblebee Cherry, as well as a Yellow Pear and Cherokee… Read More Tomatoes
This spring I had a little bit of trouble growing carrots, and I am not sure why. Last year I grew them for the first time, and I loved how flavorful they were straight out of the garden. But some of my carrots grew well, and some did not, and I did not know why either. Sprouting… Read More Carrot Sprouting Experiment
Means The Transition to More Summer Plants! Last year I grew peas for the first time and we loved them, especially just eating them right in the garden. No pests and just some trellis. I knew they would be done by the end of May-middle of June, so I planned to transition those beds to… Read More The End of Spring Peas…
Really, the title should be Experiments in Efficiency and Companion Planting. Today I am going to talk about how I planted corn and squash together, and truly this was an experiment. Not even an experiment… more of a guess. Not even an educated guess, really. Honestly, I call myself a gardener! The bed above is 4′… Read More Experiments in Efficiency (part 3)
The Start of the Journey It all started with Michael Ruhlman’s book Charcuterie. I know, how odd. A book about curing meats got me interested in fermenting vegetables. Go figure. But it had some recipes for making pickles and sauerkraut just using salt, and I decided to just try to make sauerkraut using his instructions.… Read More Fermentation
With Sevin Dust, I fall in the middle. To me, it is like a gun – keep it safe, respect it as a potential danger, use it carefully only when necessary (hopefully never!). When I first started gardening, a friend said use Sevin dust to take care of pests. In the years after, I have… Read More Sevin Dust Used Judicially