Archive for the ‘Extending the Season’ Category

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

Fall Gardening in a Greenhouse

It’s that time of year here in Zone 5/6 NE. Pa., and I’m doing my homework to make the most of the greenhouse as the temperatures drop. At the end of this post you’ll find a few links we thought to be helpful. Our average fall frost is about 4-6 weeks away, and we have […]

August 23, 2015  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Extending the Season, Gardening  2 Comments

10 Tips to Get More From Your Garden

  If you are going to put the time in to get dirty, you may as well get the most bang for the buck right? So here’s what we do to maximize our growing areas:  Plant as much of the year as possible. For great info on this, check out Year Round Vegetable Gardener by […]

July 18, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Extending the Season, Gardening, Techniques & Issues  No Comments

When to Start Planting a Fall Garden

Depending on your location of course, another round of planting might just be something you can do. This link from Territorial Seeds, shared by my e-friend Rich, gives you a good starting point with which to work. They are located in Oregon, so adjust the timing as needed. Another great way to get started on […]

July 11, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Extending the Season, Gardening  No Comments

How to Get Melons Sooner

If you click on the picture above you can see where 6 melons are growing on this single potted plant. Not bad at all for this Zone 5/6 area at the end of June. For most gardens around here, these kinds of crops might be just starting to flower. You can see the first melon, […]

June 28, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Container Gardening, Extending the Season  2 Comments

5 Reasons to Use Season Extenders

“Why Use Season Extenders?” To say the least we were surprised recently when asked that question. Before we could answer, it was followed with “Why bother? It’s not like you’re going to get any more food. A tomato plant produces until its done. That’s it.” Well, for some plants that may be true. But not […]

June 9, 2015  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Extending the Season, Gardening, Techniques & Issues  2 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

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

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