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
Last year I had mentioned that I would be growing garlic for the first time, and I promised to document the experience in hopes that others could learn from my success or failure. Overall, I’d say the effort was successful, though it definitely has room for improvement. I’ll give you a step-by-step overview of my methods and then share the adjustments I intend to make … Continue reading Growing Garlic
I’ve fallen in love with Purple Top turnips. So much so that not only did I order a second variety of turnips to plant alongside them this fall, but when four of the fourteen turnips that I planted this spring bolted I was elated. Yes, I know, most people are disappointed when their root veggies bolt but I was thrilled at the idea of saving … Continue reading Saving Turnip Seeds
I’ve decided to start a “Food for Thought” series. I often times have thoughts while gardening that aren’t necessarily informative, no intended growing instructions or pest control tips; just thoughts. I had previously decided that they were not post worthy but today I stood in my plot chastising myself about something and thought…maybe I should share this. The self-lecturing was based on my perception of … Continue reading Food for Thought: Onions
Each year, when spring creeps in and Jack Frost slowly releases his icy grip, one of the first cold tolerant vegetables that can be sown is lettuce. It is easily planted, quick growing and can be harvested gradually or all at once, to meet the grower’s needs. All of these properties make lettuce a great choice for the novice gardener. I find that there are … Continue reading Let Us Chat About Lettuce
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?