Archive for the ‘Gardening’ Category

A Gardener’s Dilemma – Pineberry

  The wonderful hybrid (not genetically engineered) Pineberry is a variety of strawberry somewhat new to our gardens. We purchased only one plant last spring, they can be somewhat expensive after all, and planted it in a new bed with a few strawberry plants we got from their runners. We did what we normally do with a […]

November 17, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: FAQs, Fruit  3 Comments

Greenhouse Update – November

  The temperatures in the little greenhouse have gone down into the 20’s at night and at times, into the low 100’s during bright sunny days. Certainly not typical weather at any time of year here in the northeast. We’re trying to see how long we can go without using the small propane heater. So […]

November 14, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Extending the Season, Gardening  4 Comments

Eating Seasonally – Fall

  We wrote about eating seasonally a few years ago, more from the psychological side than what was actually available to enjoy. So here’s a look at what is growing in a northeast garden this far into the fall season: In the picture you can see kale, kohlrabi, leeks, and a few different carrots. There […]

November 1, 2015  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Extending the Season  2 Comments

Getting Serious About Growing Tomatoes

I mentioned earlier that this past summer was not our best gardening season. It was in fact the second worst ever, which is saying a lot. And our tomato harvest was not spared. Between the late spring that never left, and the summer that arrived in September, there is very little fruit to can. This […]

October 24, 2015  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: All About Seeds, FAQs, Tomatoes, Tomatillos & Ground Cherries  5 Comments

Maintaining a Seed Stash

So you have decided to build up a supply of seeds. That’s great! We’ve looked at getting started before, and discussed saving seeds as well. But we have not written about one question we get asked a lot: How long will seeds last? More specifically, how long will seeds remain viable with a decent germination […]

October 18, 2015  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: All About Seeds, FAQs  2 Comments

What Not to Grow

 Every autumn as the main part of the gardening season comes to an end, we start to plan for the changes we intend to make next spring. This year was not a good growing season for many of our veggies, and the pantry will suffer. Fortunately we try to be prepared for such a situation, but […]

October 10, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Gardening, Techniques & Issues  9 Comments

Edible of the Month – Sugar Baby Watermelon

It seems appropriate to launch a new series with the last of something from the garden. Our final Sugar Baby Watermelon of the season was harvested a wee bit late, but still oh so sweet. This single fruit was plenty for the two of us, and we could have shared as well. A small melon comparatively, […]

September 27, 2015  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Edible of the Month  No Comments

Don’t Be Afraid of Your Vegetables

Or fruit, for that matter. If you are new to growing food, you will find that what you harvest doesn’t necessarily look like what you see at the grocery store. The reason is simple: Produce that doesn’t meet the standards of appearance that grocery chains look for gets tossed. Yep, wasted; and they were otherwise […]

September 26, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Gardening  No Comments

Fall in the Northeast Garden pt. 2

Our roadside gardens become completely inaccessible in the winter for us, mainly because they sit atop a small hill that can become dangerous when the wintry weather hits. In these areas we do not attempt to push the season, but rather just make starting again when spring comes a little easier. Of course, this comes […]

September 13, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Gardening, Techniques & Issues  2 Comments

Fall in the Northeast Garden

“Just like that,” he said, “and it’s Fall.” It was only a week ago we still had the AC on, and now our overnight temperatures are quickly approaching the 40’s. Fall can come fast in the Northeast. But that doesn’t stop the gardening of course. Today we are moving a planter tomato and an eggplant into […]

September 12, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Extending the Season, Gardening, Gardening People, Places & Things  One Comment