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 [...]
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 [...]
There’s nothing tastier than homegrown and dried paprika pepper.
I started my early spring crops almost two weeks ago. They’re up and growing now. Today I need to concentrate on summer crops that need to be started indoors. In most areas of the US that means all your tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and the like. If I have time I’ll start some of the annuals, as well, otherwise they’ll have to wait for the next moon cycle.
OK, I thought I was safe from supporting Monsanto if I bought heirloom varieties of seeds. Come to find out Monsanto now owns some of those varieties. This means that they are not GMO seeds, but they are owned and more than likely produced by one of Monsanto’s subsidiaries. Scarily Monsanto now owns 40% of the home gardener seeds!
Sadly some of our most popular vegetable varieties are now owned by Monsanto.
Some of these are big names in the industry, [...]
Wow, I can hardly believe that I need to start seeds inside this weekend. It always catches me off guard, and this year is especially bad, as the shelves that I usually use to hold the seed trays are being used in the kitchen, because I haven’t finished repairs to the cupboard that got damaged last fall! Yikes!
Time To Starts Seeds In Milder Climates
If you live in the mid-Atlantic states or south you need to [...]
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 [...]
I lined my whole front garden with volunteers from this cute flower. They self seed voraciously, but not invasively.
Now that September has hit and the growing season is slowing down, I like to take the time to review the past year and see what is my favorite vegetable and flower; what did well or not; what I’ll repeat and what I’ll discard.
My Vegetable Pick Of The Year
This year’s vegetable of the year is the tromboncino squash. I’ve been looking [...]
Almost anyone who does any gardening has heard about the plight of the honeybee. Many of us sit with baited breath waiting to hear if they are going to make it or not and fearing that if they don’t we’ll not have anything to eat, because there won’t be any pollinators left.
Quite by accident I found information on other bees, in particular mason bees (Osmia), that do even more work for pollination than honeybees. Almost no-one knows anything about them, [...]
After feeling very discouraged today’s harvest was way past amazing.
After last week’s disaster with my tomato plants, I was pretty discouraged with the harvest I was expecting from my garden, yet again. Seems since we’ve moved into this house I can’t do anything right to keep a garden going from spring to fall.
Today my garden decided to let me know it’s doing well and producing just fine. I walked out the door to find three melons had dropped from [...]