Archive for the ‘FAQs’ 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

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

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

2 Simple Things About Cross Pollination

There are a lot of misconceptions, no pun intended, out there about plants and cross pollination. Here’s the truth: 1. Plants can only cross with others of the same species, literally. 2. It will only affect the seeds. So, can a cantaloupe cross with a cucumber? No, because a melon is Cucumus melo and a […]

July 26, 2015  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Cole Crops, FAQs  No Comments

Calling it Quits

Often there comes a time when you realize it is better to pull plants and replant something else. Such was the case this year with our potatoes. We got them planted on time, but the spring turned back into winter, then into summer briefly, back again to spring… well, you get the idea. Throw in […]

July 25, 2015  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Eggplant, Peppers & Potatoes, FAQs, Techniques & Issues  4 Comments

How to Avoid the Need for Insecticides

Consider: Insecticides kill bugs. Good bugs as well as bad bugs. Organic insecticides kill bugs. Good bugs and bad bugs. Insecticides should be avoided, and by all means when used, used properly. Here’s the thing. Some gardeners make the assumption that if an insecticide is organic, it is okay to use with abandon. It isn’t […]

July 19, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Preparedness & Green Living, Techniques & Issues  2 Comments

6 Most Common Tomato Problems

Every person that grows food probably grows tomatoes, so we do get asked a lot about the common tomato problems they encounter. Here are the most FAQ’s: 1. What is this black rotten spot on my tomato? Chances are you have Blossom End Rot, especially if the spot is on the opposite side of the […]

June 20, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Gardening  4 Comments

FAQ: When to Harvest Vegetables?

For new gardeners and also for anyone growing something new, when to harvest vegetables and other common edibles is a big question. Too soon, and it may taste like grocery store produce. Too late, and it might be tough, woody or full of seeds. So as not to try to reinvent the wheel, please hop […]

June 2, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Techniques & Issues  2 Comments