Spring Has Sprung 2020

Here in zone 7A, signs of spring are popping up all around us. Many varieties of trees and shrubs are heavily budded and early flowers such as Daffodils and Tulips are breaching the soil surface in vibrant green clusters, on nearly every lawn. Song birds can be heard attempting to lure in a mate and many can be witnessed collecting materials for nest building. It’s … Continue reading Spring Has Sprung 2020

Red & Blue Grow Lights: 5 Tips to Get You Started

I have had several inquiries recently about my use of grow lights for starting seeds inside, so I thought I would share my advice here for all of you to reference as well. There are several benefits to starting seeds inside in early spring. Not only does it extend the length of your growing season by 2-3 months, but it also gives you more control … Continue reading Red & Blue Grow Lights: 5 Tips to Get You Started

Garden Planning: The Method To My Madness

It’s that time of year. Seed catalogs are arriving weekly, if not daily, and you’re getting the itch to start seed shopping. Wait a hot second! Before you start filling your cart it may be helpful to do some planning. Spacing is very important for a fruitful garden and you don’t want to buy significantly more seeds than you have the soil for. I’ll take … Continue reading Garden Planning: The Method To My Madness

2019: Lessons Learned

As we move into the final quarter of 2019 I thought now might be a good time to discuss successes and failures. After all, both are equally important for forward progress and personal development. I find that each year of gardening presents new challenges and allows me a multitude of learning opportunities. First let’s talk about some less fortunate events… NUTRIENTS This was the first … Continue reading 2019: Lessons Learned

Save Your Seeds & Swap Them

If you’re new to the gardening game you may not know that there are groups out there that organize events known amongst the gardening community as a “Seed Swap.” These range from small affairs held locally to entire nonprofit organizations that facilitate the exchanging of seeds. One such example is the Seed Saver’s Exchange (www.seedsavers.org) which allows you to list your available seeds on their … Continue reading Save Your Seeds & Swap Them

Work/Garden Balance: The Struggle is Real

It’s been a long week. Long days at work…stressful days. Days when I have had very little time to spend in my garden. People think that if you garden, you must be 100% committed, every single day. I assume that this is the reason, more often than not, that I get the “I just don’t have time” response. Do not be fooled, ladies and gentlemen, … Continue reading Work/Garden Balance: The Struggle is Real

Millennial Gardener Feature Month – Closing Remarks

My time at plot #55 has provided me with countless learning experiences but my successes would have been far fewer had it not been for the support of the gardening community. This is the reason why I reached out to some of my fellow millennial gardeners and asked them to share their stories with all of you. I hope that you enjoyed reading their posts … Continue reading Millennial Gardener Feature Month – Closing Remarks