On several occasions I’ve talked about GMO or GE crops. Monsanto and Seminis are the two main companies developing these seeds. While developing their “frankenseeds” they’re also keeping their foot in the legitimate seed door. I recently found a listing of many of the varieties that Monsanto and Seminis sell.
What does this mean for the home grower or the conscientious gardener? Anyone who’s concerned about the effects of Monsanto’s work can vote with their pocketbook, by staying away from seeds [...]
One thing that the US has is a poverty of varieties of vegetables. When you enter a supermarket you find just one kind of broccoli, one variety of carrot, one maybe two varieties of cucumber (eating and a pickling). What most Americans don’t know is that there are literally dozens, if not hundreds, of varieties of almost every vegetable on the planet.
I recently found a great site for buying typical oriental vegetable seeds. Unfortunately I found the site after I [...]
Preparing for the New Season
About a week ago I walked around the property and made note of anything that needed to be done. I came in with a staggering 42 projects that need completing. In looking through the list only a few are attainable in a single day and some could take several weeks to complete. Egad, I just thought of another one!
I love gardening. It’s in my blood and when I don’t do anything for awhile I start to [...]
There’s nothing more aggravating than having an unreliable car. In today’s world a car is no longer a luxury. Gone are the corner grocery and drug stores. Now you have to drive 5-10 minutes to get to a super-grocery or department store. When your car repeatedly fails you, it can create tremendous amounts of stress and cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
Not only that it can cut into time you’d ordinarily have to enjoy yourself. Putting in new gardens, [...]
First spinach seedlings of 2012 emerge.
Ta-da! The 2012 garden show has begun. The very first spring seeds have sprouted. Planted on 3/2/12 the very first spinach seeds have broken ground. I was waiting with bated breath, as it seemed like forever for the first seeds to emerge.
I planted both spinach and sugar snap peas that day. So far just a few spinach seedlings are showing.
We’re having a very hot spring already and I’m concerned that the rest of the [...]
Guest post written by my buddy Bernardo Graham
Sharing bandwidth can make your computer run slower at times.
I recently learned from my small business mentor that if you have Brooklyn T1, you don’t have to share bandwidth with your neighbors. My mentor explained it to me like this: have you ever noticed how sometimes the internet works faster than at other times? Well, there is a reason for that. Neighbors are sharing what is called bandwidth, and when a lot of [...]
Plant dormant fruit trees in spring.
Many gardeners know when the last frost date is for their area, so they know better than to plant their tomatoes or annuals before that date. However, many people don’t know that there are a lot of plants that need to be planted before the last frost date.
Sure, if you do vegetable gardening you probably know that peas and spinach need to go in very early, while the ground is still cold. But there [...]
The trees arrived sometime on Saturday afternoon. I found them Sunday morning. No time to even open the box on Sunday. Monday, today, is cold, blustery, with showers, so can’t plant today, argh.
I did open the box. All the trees look in excellent shape. We’re going to dedicate tomorrow to putting all ten of them in. If the winds don’t get too bad we’ll go out today and remark where they’re all supposed to be planted. However, the winds combined [...]
Why not try something a little different this Easter?
Around here the daffodils, crocuses and other early spring flowers are blooming, which is almost a month early! Even my peach tree is blooming, which means there’ll probably not be any peaches this year, drat!
With the advent of spring many people start thinking about Easter and what Easter Baskets they want to buy their loved ones this year. Usually we think about the usual chocolate bunny and jellybeans, but this year [...]