Archive for the ‘Extending the Season’ Category

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

12 Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs to Grow Indoors

When it comes to larger financial decisions, my husband and I hold off unless we both agree. Usually, when one person doesn’t want to spend the money, the other one finds creative ways to talk him into it. And so it was with an unheated room that would be a great place to not only [...]

November 16, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Container Gardening, Extending the Season, Garden Projects, The Experiments  6 Comments

5 Types of Season Extenders

There are a number of ways you can get more growing time for your garden. Which you choose will depend on your budget, the size of your garden, and the extent to which you want to grow in the cold weather. Here are a few to consider: 1. Cold Frames Not only good for starting [...]

November 14, 2014  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Extending the Season, Gardening, Keeping up with the Joneses  No Comments

How to Plan a Fall Garden

In the southern states a fall garden means starting tomatoes and such indoors, as the fall is the best growing time for them. To our neighbors far north, planning for the fall would involve at least low tunnels and cold frames. This post is for everyone in between. Succession planting, or following one plant with [...]

July 19, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Extending the Season, Gardening  3 Comments

5 Plants You Can Easily Grow Indoors

You don’t need a hydroponic growing system to have fresh homegrown food even as the snow falls. Some vegetables need less light than others, some do not need to be pollinated, and others don’t need the heat of summer. 1. Greens Pretty versatile and undemanding, greens are easy to grow indoors and do not require [...]

December 14, 2013  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Extending the Season, Gardening, How to Grow  2 Comments