Hello and happy August!! For any new readers, this is the month where I feature a handful of millennial gardeners in hopes that their combined experiences can help each of you with your own gardening journey. They are provided with a questionnaire and asked to submit their responses as well as some photos of their garden(s). I then piece together their post and let their … Continue reading Millennial Gardener Feature Month 2020 – Intro
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
Proud moment — my baby brother has decided to give gardening a try. [all the warm and fuzzy feels] After chatting with him a bit about seeds, plants and what his newbie goals are it became clear to me that this blog has deviated a bit from the original intent. The purpose of this platform was to break down topics and concepts that can be … Continue reading 5 Tips For Beginner Gardeners
It has been a long cold spring here in the Mid-Atlantic, both literally and metaphorically (thanks to SARS-CoV-2), and my garden is off to a slow start. That being said, I thought now may be a good time to check in and tell you what I have growing, how long they’ve been growing and what kind of progress they’ve made. Let’s start with with warm … Continue reading Whats Growing – Spring 2020
Often times when I am chatting with fellow veteran gardeners, I hear the expression “succession planting” thrown around. This term technically has four different meanings, all of which may be new and exciting options for the beginner gardener. In my previous experiences working with first-time gardeners, more often than not they have the notion that the seeds get planted all at the same time and … Continue reading What does “succession planting” mean to you?
It is not uncommon to find myself chatting with a non-gardener and hear them claim that they would love to give it a try but they just think that, “the whole thing is too expensive.” I then gently explain that gardening can be expensive but it certainly doesn’t have to be. That is a choice. There are many ways to minimize the cost of a … Continue reading Gardening on a Budget
A friend of mine recently reached out and asked for some gardening advice. She was unsure about which plants should be started inside and which should be directly sown into her raised bed. I provided her with some suggestions and thought you may find them helpful as well. Here goes… Beans – directly sow both bush and pole varieties after last frost. Beets – these … Continue reading In or Out?
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
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
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