Flowering Cabbage & Kale plus Pansies line my entry walk, all are edible
As more and more of us are interested in having good fresh produce in our house, many are turning to growing their own foods. However, if you have a small lot or live in a condominium you may not have room to put in a vegetable garden, berry patch and small orchard. Edible landscaping to the rescue.
What is edible landscaping? It is incorporating edible plants right in [...]
‘Old Mexico’ zinnia by 2 days. The ‘Thumbelina’ zinnia is now open as well. Both are yellow. Last year all the ‘Thumbelinas’ were pink, so I’m really glad to see that I have something other than pink this year.
This is one of the most exciting times of the year. Everything is popping into bloom or sprouting from the ground. Because the soil is nice and warm seeds are sprouting in just a few days. I planted corn, beans, squash, and [...]
You’re lazily having your morning cup of java, enjoying the early spring air and all the beautiful flowers in your yard, when you switch on the TV and find that yet another burglary has happened in your neighborhood. Glancing out your window at your recently finished workshop, you realize that you might just want to look into a home security system. You’ve got a lot of expensive woodworking tools out there and would hate to come home and find them [...]
Spring is well underway and the vegetable garden is starting to produce masses of peas, greens, lettuce, and strawberries. The spring bulbs and perennials have flowered and the early summer ones are starting to blossom. The most anticipated time is when the first flowers grown from seed blossom.
This is a truly fun time as you wait to see what colors the flowers will be. If you’re growing a new variety, waiting to see how big the flower is, what markings [...]
To be honest I love all flowers, but I have two that I particularly like. They are both what I call “drop and grow” flowers. This is because if you happen to drop one of their starts on the ground they will invariable start growing wherever they land. Pests or diseases rarely bother these plants, and their flowers are big, bold statements.
So, what are these magnificent additions to your garden? Irises and daylilies. Irises [...]
One thing that you’ll do a lot of in a garden is cutting. There’s trimming trees and bushes, deadheading flowers, cutting back winter dieback, and harvesting from your vegetable and herb gardens.
Having the right tool at the right time is a great help and makes the work simple and quick. Depending on what you have growing in your yard you may be able to get away with just a simple pair of scissors, or you may need a chainsaw.
There are [...]
These days there is a lot of talk about growing things that will need little if any watering, especially in desert climates. Xerascaping is a great way to have a lovely landscape without water worries.
What do you do if you want to grow fruits and vegetables, though? Most of them do not grow well without any extra watering. The next best thing is to put in a drip irrigation system. This puts that water where it’s needed and you lose [...]
It is always exciting when the berries begin to bloom. There is almost nothing that can rival the taste of berries fresh off the bush. Unfortunately they are so tasty that none ever make it to being frozen or dried for winter consumption.
The tastiest berry on the planet is the marionberry. It is like a blackberry on steroids. Huge berries that are more juice than seed, with a complex taste of blackberries and raspberries combined. They don’t have any bitterness [...]
You’ve spent the entire day in the yard cleaning, weeding, and sprucing things up after Winter’s ravages. Your body’s tired, but you still feel energized and like having some fun. That’s the time to have something special planned for the evening. You could’ve just stayed at home and watched a movie, but you were more creative and have tickets purchased for your favorite band’s concert; front row balcony, your favorite spot. You got to choose the seats right [...]