Here in the mid-Atlantic it’s time to put our gardens to bed for the winter. The only gardens I keep going are a small greens garden, as it will give us fresh greens throughout the winter, and the front door bed, which is now planted with pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale, as well as regular cabbage and brussel sprouts.
Now is the time that all the clean up work kicks into [...]
Perilla, also called sisho, is one of my favorite new herbs.
The summer harvest is slowly starting to come in. Yesterday I harvested our first full sized tomatoes. They weren’t quite ripe, but the critters in our area have a way of tasting them when they reach perfection, so I take them in a few days ahead of time.
We’ve got peppers coming on, too, although none of them are ripe yet. I have an interesting paprika pepper this [...]
For the past three weeks we’ve been harvesting berries galore. It started with a few strawberries early on, but not many due to a sudden cold spell and then records rains. Then summer berries started coming in, in earnest.
Raspberries were first, but we didn’t get many, because the birds found them before we did, then it was blueberrie’s turn, with marionberries following on their heals. Now that the marionberries have finished up we have thornless blackberries ripening.
Or, should I say pine needling up. However, I don’t think you would have understood that like you do the title. I’ve been working hard in the yard this spring and finally got to cleaning out the blueberries and giving them a deep layer of pine needles.
What a mess…
As you can see from the first picture they were not a pretty sight. The winter winds had blown most of the grass clippings off of them and even some of [...]
I’m back. Sorry I haven’t blogged much for the past couple weeks, but I was trying to get a huge amount of work done on the gardens before the summer heat set in. This week the heat has arrived, so I’ll be back to just a few hours of gardening in the cool, early morning hours.
Visions of large spinach leaves dance in my head.
Wild Spring Gardening Frenzy
I did manage to get a lot done during the past couple weeks [...]
Amazingly enough I’ve got almost all the vegetable beds ready. Only one big one and one small one to go. I should have them all cleaned out and amended in time to start planting my early spring crops next week, as we’re supposed to have a pleasant warm weekend, without rain, coming up.
Trimming trees so that they’ll grow for better crop production is important.
One task that many of us need to be about right now is trimming back some [...]
This past spring we planted quite a few new fruit trees. In doing research about how to take care of them, I found that there were some important things I needed to do to ensure they would survive the first winter.
Small trees are very vulnerable to attacks by rodents, rabbits, and deer, so it is recommended that you protect them. They can strip the bark off of them and kill them. There are several different ways you can do this. [...]
Even little plants have an amazing will to live and reproduce!
I think I just learned not to tease my plants, or maybe it’s the other way around. In August when the weather cooled down one of the pear trees I had planted this spring put out a blossom. I teased it about being off in it’s timing, why didn’t it do this in the spring, etc. Actually I was just having some fun and marveling at how a pear [...]
Fall is upon us. The trees are starting to change daily, and the gardens are giving up the last of their bounty, except the fall greens and peas. My kitchen and dining room are filled with a bounty of dried and drying foods. So, what can you do to preserve your food for later consumption?
I recommend dehydrating over freezing or canning. Mainly for the convenience. With freezing you have to prepare the foods for freezing and then hope that you [...]
So, I’m looking at the overall success of my gardens this year, and there were some definite winners and losers.
Carnation ‘Chabaud’ did great this year. It was worth the wait!
A Look At The Winners
Last year I started a seed packet of carnation ‘Chabaud Mix’ and ended up with 36 plants. I planted them in the garden last fall and quite a few of them made it through the first winter. These guys produced an abundance of frangrant flowers up [...]