Archive for the ‘Gardening’ Category

On Gardening

Normally there would be a wonderful how-to post or something of the sort here on a Saturday… but not this time. This is why I am not posting today: Happy gardening everyone!

May 23, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Gardening  No Comments

Can a Greenhouse Pay for Itself?

Many gardeners dream of owning a greenhouse, but think the price is too high; or so we thought, too. The problem is that nobody sells heirloom, let alone organic, plants in our area. So it was a few years ago that I drove to the Hudson Valley just over the border in New York State [...]

May 12, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Extending the Season, Gardening  No Comments

5 Great Reasons to Grow a Pixie Grape

Okay, so we know this Pixie Grape is still a wee plant, but we wanted to share info about it in case you want to get your hands on one as well. So use your imagination, and picture this: 1. This variety grows best in a container, even small ones. So, even if your garden [...]

May 4, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Fruits, Preparedness & Green Living, Techniques & Issues, You Can Grow That!  No Comments

The Simple Way to Space Plants

How far apart to space plants is a function of how big and wide the plant will get, and how large the root system will grow. This information is found on seed packets, in plant and seed catalogs, and usually on plant markers for live plants. Some gardeners have made the whole thing more complicated [...]

May 2, 2015  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Techniques & Issues  No Comments

Gardening in a Strange New World

For those of us who remember life before personal computers, when your phone was attached to the wall and there were only a handful of TV stations and they actually signed off at night, social media is a very strange thing. Almost Sci-fi. The fact that you are reading this, likely many miles away, would [...]

February 17, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Addiction, All About Seeds, Gardening  No Comments

Beat Those Winter Blues by Growing Some Green

There are a number of edible plants that are easy to grow indoors, and help make the winter go by just a little faster. Here are a few we suggest: 1. Micro Tom Tomatoes are the smallest growing tomato plant, only getting to a height of about 8 inches. In just less than 3 months [...]

February 14, 2015  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Container Gardening, Extending the Season  No Comments

Fresh Food Year Round – You Can Grow That!

In some regions of the country they can grow fresh food year round because the weather is well suited for it. For the majority of us though, as you can see from the picture of our yard, it’s a challenge. And in some areas, it is for opposite reasons- it just becomes too dang hot. [...]

February 5, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Extending the Season, You Can Grow That!  No Comments

The Colors of Vegetables – Is it Just Eye Candy?

You probably have heard terms like phytonutrients and antioxidants used when people are talking about nutrition, or maybe when they are trying to sell you a food product. It is part of the same idea of eating a rainbow, in that by choosing a variety of different colored fruits and vegetables, you will get a [...]

January 25, 2015  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Gardening  No Comments

4 Natural Ways to Keep Squirrels Out of Your Garden

Often referred to as Tree Rats by aggravated gardeners, squirrels can do a lot of damage. They can jump 6 ft. straight up, and have been known to use sunflowers as a mode of transportation; snacks included. Fencing does little to stop these pests, unless it is an electric fence. Squirrels enjoy taking just a [...]

November 28, 2014  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Gardening, Techniques & Issues  No Comments

13 Items to Upcycle for Indoor Growing

There are a number of items you may be recycling that can save you some money when it comes to indoor growing. You can start seeds in a lot of clean containers, such as: 1) Yogurt Cups 2) Plastic produce containers 3) Empty toilet paper rolls 4) Likewise, scaled down paper towel rolls 5) Aluminum [...]

November 22, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: All About Seeds, Extending the Season, How to Grow  2 Comments