Archive for the ‘Techniques & Issues’ Category

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

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

How to Propagate Basil

  With all the talk about regrowing edibles from scraps, we have not seen much about how to propagate basil. Yet it is very easy to use what is growing in your garden to keep a supply of fresh basil all year. What you see in the photo are  the tops of a few plants […]

August 30, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Gardening, Herbs, Techniques & Issues  No Comments

The Gardening Half Way Mark

Do you find yourself looking back at the gardening year-to-date when you get mid-way through? That’s about where we are here in our Zone 5/6 gardens, and while we anxiously wait for spaces to open for our Fall plants, we also make notes as to what we intend to change next year. We would love […]

July 28, 2015  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Gardening, Jonesen', Techniques & Issues  One Comment

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

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

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

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

Micro Family Gardens to Make Your Summer Extra Sweet

Guest post by Kaitlin Krull Creating a family garden is a time consuming but rewarding project. Many people think that gardening has to take up lots of space as well as time, but if you plan well and get creative you can create a flourishing micro garden using very little space. Some families even choose […]

May 30, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Gardening People, Places & Things, Techniques & Issues  No Comments