Archive for 2012

Christmas Present(s)

Of course much of what happens at holiday time centers around giving and receiving. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach children. When ours were old enough to understand, we would take an afternoon and go through their toys. “If you want good things to come to you” we would say, “you need to make […]

December 30, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Keeping up with the Joneses, Kids & Gardening  4 Comments

Christmas Future

Christmas is the most exciting time of year for many kids. “Mommy, when are we going to make the Christmas cookies?” “Mommy, when are we going shopping?” “Mommy, when are we going to get the tree?” “Mommy, when are we going to watch Rudolph on TV?” Multiply that by 2 and repeat throughout the day. […]

December 29, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Keeping up with the Joneses, Kids & Gardening  One Comment

Christmas Past

The most wonderful thing happened this year- Mandolin and I became grandparents, just one week before Christmas. With the holiday approaching, my daughter and her husband started considering what they will do when the time comes to talk to Sprout about Christmas. You see, we didn’t tell her and our other kids about a jolly […]

December 28, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Keeping up with the Joneses, Kids & Gardening  11 Comments

From All of Us to You

By their very nature, gardeners are a giving sort; always happy to pass on tips and seeds. Since this is the season of giving, we decided to celebrate by handing out 5 signed copies of our gardening manual to you. Well, maybe to you- an online randomizer will pick 5 names from all those submitted. […]

December 25, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Jonesen'  43 Comments

Foolproof and Fabulous

There are so many varieties of beans to choose from, it could make your head spin. Purple, green, yellow, and red, pole and bush beans, snap, shell and dry beans- whoa! A big variety is nice if you have the room and the time to keep up on the harvest. If you can’t always get […]

December 23, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: All About Seeds, How to Grow  4 Comments

The Three Sisters of the Field

Many gardeners have heard of this technique of growing corn, pole beans and squash together. A lot of what is on the internet IMHO does not explain it right, so you may just be surprised to know: The beans fix nitrogen into the soil, which the corn loves (you probably knew that). The corn supports […]

December 22, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Gardening  3 Comments

It’s the End of the World, As We Know it.

Today is the winter solstice, and as such one of our favorite days of the year. It means simply that the winter tide has turned and the days will be getting longer- little by little we are headed towards spring. Today also happens to be the day the Mayans stopped keeping track of their calender… […]

December 21, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: You are What You Eat  One Comment

3 Reasons to Rotate Your Crops (Otherwise, Don’t Bother)

Most gardeners would agree that crops should be rotated, but the reality is that this is not always necessary. If you have a small garden, it may even prove impossible. Think about it. If you are growing any perennial fruit, vegetables or herbs, you already have crops that aren’t getting rotated. Why sweat the others? […]

December 18, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Gardening, Techniques & Issues  7 Comments

Confession #51 The Brown & Yellow Chicken

We all have snippets of life that we will always remember. Not the major occasions like weddings, births, and funerals; sure we remember those. It’s those little moments that have meaning to us, perhaps only to us. Such was the case many years ago. My father had retired and he and mom opened a ceramic […]

December 16, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Addiction, Jonesen'  2 Comments

How to Grow -Chinese Cabbage

Also known as ‘Oriental Cabbage’ and ‘Asian Greens, this relative of head cabbage has similar likes- mainly cooler temperatures and shorter days. Like other greens it can also handle a little more shade than many veggies. Napa cabbage is often bundled into this category, but it is a different subspecies with slightly different needs. More […]

December 15, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Cole Crops, How to Grow  2 Comments