5 Simple Tips for Seed Starting Success

It’s that time of year friends. Seed catalogs are arriving daily and gardeners of all sorts are evaluating their seeds stocks, shopping with reckless abandon and preparing seed starting materials. Yes, Spring is less than two months away and we want to be ready to greet her with the warm embrace that is a collection of robust seedlings, ready for the annual migration to their … Continue reading 5 Simple Tips for Seed Starting Success

New Year, New Gardens — Welcome 2021!

Happy New Year! I’d like to start by saying that I hope you and yours enjoyed a safe a happy holiday. 2020 was challenging, to say the least, but rather than dwell on a year that cannot be changed I prefer to focus on the blank canvas in front of us. Let us create a masterpiece, shall we? My 2021 gardening season is forecasted to … Continue reading New Year, New Gardens — Welcome 2021!

Garden Goodness: Soups, Stews & Chilis

While I do appreciate a good bowl of soup at any time of year, I am particularly fond of them throughout the cold months. I don’t know what the weather is like where you’re sitting but here in Maryland, USA the cold months are upon us…and I’m jonesing for a big bowl of warm-me-to-my-bones deliciousness with some good crusty bread. MmmmmmMMM!! A while back I … Continue reading Garden Goodness: Soups, Stews & Chilis

Project FeederWatch 2020-2021

As many of you well know, I am an enthusiastic participant of the citizen science program known as Project FeederWatch. Led by the ornithology department at Cornell University, Project FeederWatch enlists the help of the general public to monitor bird populations across North America. Simply by recording the different species that visit your backyard feeders and the total number in attendance, you can help scientists … Continue reading Project FeederWatch 2020-2021

Garlic Planting 2020

The coming year is going to be riddled with additional gardening challenges for the Rices. First, we’re expecting a 17-year brood of cicadas. Based on everything I’ve read, this mimics an event straight out of the bible with millions of cicadas covering all surfaces, destroying every stem in their path. Ok, this may a bit of an exaggeration, but it holds enough truth that experts … Continue reading Garlic Planting 2020

“Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder”

I know that the winter solstice is several weeks out, but my fall garden seems to have abruptly turned a corner this weekend. Last week I was harvesting several lasts; last of the carrots, last patty pan squash, last eggplants and tomatoes. The excitement of so much harvesting was quickly followed by the letdown that is a desolate garden. Don’t get me wrong, there are … Continue reading “Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder”

Saving Cucumber Seeds

We’ve survived the dog days of summer, and as autumn creeps in our plants start to look exhausted. Growth slows, the leaves may take on a yellow tinge or start to curl under, and productivity drops; the season’s end is approaching. Now is a good time to start weighing your options for seed saving. Do you have any heirloom or open-pollinated varieties growing in your … Continue reading Saving Cucumber Seeds

Summer Garden Highlights 2020

About this time each year, I force myself to take pause and evaluate the status of my garden. I share whats growing, the things that have gone well, the epic failures and what I’ve learned thus far. This year has been no different; I’ve had some surprising successes and some frustrating failures but there are lessons hidden everywhere so let’s learn together. Shall we? Let’s … Continue reading Summer Garden Highlights 2020