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
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
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
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?
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?
At this point you have decided on a gardening style that suits your desires and meets your lifestyle requirements. You’ve prepared a gardening environment, be it pots, raised beds or a nicely tilled plot, and you’re ready for the exciting part — buying SEEDS!! (the clouds part, crepuscular rays shine down and angelic singing can be heard) I get it, you’re excited!! Hold your horses, … Continue reading What does it all mean?
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?
As a young professional the idea of starting a garden of your own may seem daunting. Ever spent hours googling immaculate gardens only to find yourself feeling overwhelmed? Did you think, “I don’t have time for that” or possibly “that must be so expensive” or even the tried and true “maybe when I retire”?? You’re not alone. As a young professional who spends her time … Continue reading Why start a blog?