Archive for the ‘Techniques & Issues’ Category

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: В 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

5 Great Reasons to Grow a Pixie Grape

Okay, so we know this Pixie Grape is still a wee plant, but we wanted to share info about it in case you want to get your hands on one as well. So use your imagination, and picture this: 1. This variety grows best in a container, even small ones. So, even if your garden [...]

May 4, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Fruit, How to Grow, Preparedness & Green Living, Techniques & Issues, You Can Grow That!  No Comments

The Simple Way to Space Plants

How far apart to space plants is a function of how big and wide the plant will get, and how large the root system will grow. This information is found on seed packets, in plant and seed catalogs, and usually on plant markers for live plants. Some gardeners have made the whole thing more complicated [...]

May 2, 2015  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Techniques & Issues  No Comments

4 Natural Ways to Keep Squirrels Out of Your Garden

Often referred to as Tree Rats by aggravated gardeners, squirrels can do a lot of damage. They can jump 6 ft. straight up, and have been known to use sunflowers as a mode of transportation; snacks included. Fencing does little to stop these pests, unless it is an electric fence. Squirrels enjoy taking just a [...]

November 28, 2014  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Gardening, Techniques & Issues  No Comments