Archive for the ‘Odds & Ends’ Category

Aloe from Seed – You Can Grow That!

Every gardener, whether they admit it or not, has at some point grown something in spite of themselves. Perhaps they didn’t know any better; ask me sometime about my first experience playing golf (ps. don’t ask himself). Or maybe they gave up on a plant, only to have it thrive. Such was the case with [...]

March 4, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Herbs, Odds & Ends, You Can Grow That!  2 Comments

How To Grow Chick Peas

AKA Garbanzo Beans or Ceci beans, these legumes are actually neither a pea nor a bean. They are not often found in the home garden, especially this far north. The reason is they prefer much hotter temperatures and lots of rain. We are just getting our first beans now, partly because of the weather but [...]

August 27, 2013  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Beans, How to Grow, Odds & Ends, Peas  No Comments

Eat Vegetables? They’re Yucky!

If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that Mandolin and I are cutting out most animal products from our diets- to see if our health improves. And although I do have some fresh veggies left from last season, as well and frozen, canned and dried- we wanted to add to that selection. So off we [...]

February 5, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: How to Grow, Odds & Ends, Recipes  4 Comments

February Friday Fairy Gardens

As a child I vividly remember watching one evening as the fairies danced and played on top of the tall grasses in the fields near our house. I have no idea where the memory comes from- a dream perhaps, or a book- but the memory remains. So when I heard about ‘Fairy Gardens’ recently I [...]

February 3, 2012  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Garden Projects, Gardening People, Places & Things, Keeping up with the Joneses, Odds & Ends, Whimiscal Gardens  18 Comments

How To Grow – Vietnamese Fuzzy Gourd

A relative of cucumbers and melons, this interesting veggie is just as easy to grow. It’s sensitive to transplanting, so be careful if you choose to start indoors, about a month or so before the frosts have ended. You can direct seed in early summer, covering the seeds a bit and watering. It produces a [...]

September 16, 2011  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: How to Grow, Odds & Ends  5 Comments

How to Grow Scorzonera

How to grow what? It was the name of this veggie that first caught our attention while thumbing through seed catalogs. It was also the description of its flavor; it was compared to artichokes and oysters, an odd combination. Wanting to know more we did a little research: 1. It’s a member of the sunflower [...]

June 18, 2011  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Odds & Ends  One Comment

How to- Dry Birdhouse Gourds

Gourds are about 90% water. Towards the end of the growing season, about the mid to end of September here in Zone 5, reduce watering to encourage gourds to dry. It is best to leave the gourds on the vine until after the first frost. They can be left this way all winter, but will [...]

February 6, 2011  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Drying-Roasting, How to Grow, How to Store, Odds & Ends  2 Comments

Grow Your Own Birdhouse

As a Master Gardener, I go out to groups to present talks on different gardening subjects. My most requested presentation is on how to grow and craft birdhouse gourds. Birdhouse Gourds, Lagenaria siceraria (also known as Bottle Gourds) are the seeds most commonly used for gourd birdhouses. They require a full growing season, 100-120 days. [...]

February 5, 2011  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: How to Grow, Odds & Ends  4 Comments