If you are looking for a fast growing, low maintenance group of vegetables that has applications across multiple cuisines and seasons, then you’re in luck. Let’s talk about squash. Squash is typically divided into two categories; summer and winter. Summer squashes include yellow squash, zucchini, pan patty squash, etc. and are best eaten fresh. I personally have attempted several methods for preserving summer squash with … Continue reading Squash: Planting, Pests, Pollinating, Productivity & Pasta Substitutions
If Peter Piper had been any good at gardening then he would have been picking far more than a peck. Peppers are easily my favorite things to grow in the garden and it is partially because they are SO prolific. I grow only 2 or 3 plants for each variety (this year we’re growing 8 varieties) and we still end up with buckets, yes literally … Continue reading Peppers Peppers Peppers
My husband is not a gardener. He provides assistance when asked and has certain vegetables that he requests be included but otherwise the garden is my thing. That being said, he’s a good man who pretends to be interested as I ramble on about my plants’ progress whilst walking him by the hand through my garden to look at improvements that I am certain he … Continue reading Why plant flowers with your veggies?
For the first time ever, this year, I have experienced two significant nutrient deficiencies. I mean, chromogenic transformation worthy nutrient deficiencies. I promised when I started this blog that I would share it all; the good, the bad and the buggy. That being said, here is my honest experience with magnesium and phosphorous. Magnesium: Magnesium is a mobile molecule that plants can pull from mature … Continue reading Magnesium & Phosphorous: A Colorful Conundrum
Let’s talk about Rosemary. I bought a plant about four years ago and put it in a big Terra Cotta pot. It spent the warm months out on the patio and overwintered in our spare bedroom…until last winter. Yes, I neglected my Rosemary plant. Not only had I let it become completely root bound but I left it outside through our two coldest months, subjecting … Continue reading Rosemary: Perseverance & Propagation
I think it is safe to say that tomatoes are one of the most common features in gardens across the globe. In fact, there are people who designate their entire garden and gardening career to mastering the art and science of growing exquisite varieties of this household staple. I am going to provide a basic guide for the novice gardener but I encourage any of … Continue reading A Tomato Crash Course for Beginners
It’s that time of year again. Mother’s Day is next weekend (hint hint) and Memorial Day is right around the corner. I’ve had a few friends reach out for tips and tricks about potting up spring flowers so I thought I’d share a few with all of you. It is a relatively easy task that can be a fun activity to share with friends and … Continue reading Potting Up Spring Flowers
This morning I took some time to pot up a small Berggarten Sage plant that I had picked up from a local nursery. I thought it might be a good opportunity to go through the process of transplanting herbs from their tiny temporary containers into a bigger, more permanent location. No, that underscore is not accidental. It is very important that the container you’re transplanting … Continue reading Potting Up Herbs
Warmer weather has started to settle in here in the Mid-Atlantic and many of my vegetables and flowers that were sewn inside will need time to acclimate to the elements before being transplanted into the garden. This process is typically referred to as “hardening” and I will admit, I struggle with it. This year has been my most successful to date, so I thought I’d … Continue reading Transitioning from Greenhouse to Garden
Beans of all kinds are a classic gardening favorite. Green beans, soy beans, snake beans, broad beans, French, string, kidney, garbanzo, pinto, navy, lima…the list goes on and on. It’s no wonder they make their way into gardens all over the globe. They’re a great source of protein and dietary fiber as well as a laundry list of other nutrients including but not limited to: … Continue reading What do I need to know about beans?