On more than one occasion I have stressed the importance of attracting pollinators to your backyard garden. Not only do they facilitate the pollen exchange that is necessary for the development of a mature fruiting body (aka your fruits and veggies) but they are part of the big picture food chain that includes predatory organisms responsible for keeping pest populations in check. At this time … Continue reading Pollinators Rejoice: 10 Flowers For Your Vegetable Garden
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
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?
Poutine. Still need more convincing? Okay, okay…salt potatoes, french fries, home fries, mashed, baked, oven roasted, tots, hush puppies, the list of deliciousness goes on and on. Not to mention potatoes are low in fat and rich in potassium, magnesium, vitamins C and B6, iron and dietary fiber. Yes, please! I’ve also found that I save a significant chunk of change by planting my own. … Continue reading Why should I grow potatoes and where do I start?
Sorry for the abrupt ending, my phone has a mind of its own today. Make sure you tape your planter up in a sunny window and keep a little water in the bottom. Have fun!! Final product hanging in a sunny window! Double Zahara Strawberry Zinnia Continue reading Gardening activity for the kids!
You may have heard people mention that they grow their fruits, veggies and flowers in raised garden beds and wondered why on earth they would fill a box with dirt rather than just planting directly into the ground or using pretty pots. I assembled a raised bed myself this weekend so I thought I’d share some of the benefits with you and then go through … Continue reading Why raised garden beds?
They’re here!!! Your seeds have arrived, you’ve purchased some potting soil and you’re ready to get started. You may have noticed that some of your seed packets suggest sowing directly (outdoors) and either they indicate a minimum temperature requirement or they state that you should wait until after the last frost. Other seeds require starting indoors. I typically separate my seeds into two groups, start … Continue reading When do I plant these?