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
I recently posted a request for my friends to share their favorite ways to use garden fresh vegetables in the kitchen. They did not disappoint!! In fact, in an effort to keep this post of reasonable size, I have selected only a portion of the recipes that were sent my way. Some shared family recipes while others shared their own secrets and others still shared … Continue reading Garden Fresh Recipes
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
If you have attempted to preserve your favorite garden goodies then you know there are some that keep well and some that do not. Root vegetables and winter squash notoriously have a lengthy shelf life (for produce), but for some crops a cool dry storage area just isn’t enough. Fortunately, in 1940 the United States was introduced to home freezer units. I know what you’re … Continue reading Freeze Your Crops For Post-Garden Goodness
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
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
Sarah, like many millennials, is caught up in the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding. That being said, she has not let that keep her from putting her green thumb to work. She has a beautiful set of raised garden beds that I am just thrilled to share with you! Name: Sarah Shelmidine State: New York Grow Zone: 4 Gardening style: Raised bed How … Continue reading Millennial Gardener Feature Month – Sarah
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
Let’s talk about thinning. My more experienced gardeners are most likely very familiar with the thinning concept but for anyone who is trying their hand at gardening for the first time there is a good chance that you have read a seed packet that said, “thin to 3-5 inches” and thought…wait, what? Have no fear, dear friends, the gardening community is here to help! There … Continue reading What does “thinning” entail?
Like anything else in life, before you can establish a goal and devise a plan you must understand your motivation. Why do you want to garden? Do you want to provide organic produce for your family? Do you want fresh herbs so you can recreate your grandma’s famous recipe? Maybe you’d like to breath a little life into that desolate patio or teach your children … Continue reading Why do you want to garden?