Plant questions and answers! This week: Can California poppies stand a little shade? Here are my thoughts…
While I haven’t specifically tried to grow California Poppies in partial shade, I think that you could probably get away with it. California poppies tend to be pretty tenacious and will grow in some [...]
Plant questions and answers! This week: Can pansies grow in a window box? Here’s what I think…
For the most part, I would say YES! Pansies tend to be a great windowbox plant. Of course, not every windowbox is alike. In short, if you have a sheltered windowbox, pansies make an [...]
Photo: Corn Ears
While I’ve tried (half-heartedly) to grow corn in the past, each harvest has been less than exciting. You reap what you sow… and in this case it is true in the literal sense: Each ear had so few kernels that I didn’t even think they’d be worth the [...]
It's a row of lettuce, oh wait… I mean dirt.
Well, you win some; you lose some. And for me this spring, that’s definitely true.
To put it simply, my try at a raised lettuce row failed miserably. I’m pretty sure that I planted directly into the ground too early. [...]
How to save space, use less plastic, and grow better seedlings using soil blocks.
Tray of soil blocks
This summer I have discovered something that’s going to change my greenhouse forever: Soil blocks!
One of my friends, Jason Beam, who also happens to be the guru of soil block gardening at pottingblocks.com, sent [...]
This year we had a very early warm streak, so despite my better judgment, I planted my peas during the last week of February. And, lo, it did freeze not more than a week later. Luckily the sprouts hadn’t emerged from the ground yet.
Generally, after about a week and a [...]
I am torn. My favorite gardens are the ones that contain flowers, shrubs, fruits and vegetables of all kinds, mixed and matched together with absolutely no grass at all. In fact, I tend to really relate to the “food, not lawns” campaign. However, I do like to have a little [...]
A year ago last spring I planted four raspberry plants in a desolate corner of the yard. I amended the poor soil with lots of peat, compost and fertilizer, worked it up really well, planted the starts two feet apart and planted them deep. I must have done everything right [...]
Six ways to give your tomato plants some support.
Mid summer is ripening on the vine! The tomato plants are bursting with green tomatoes and maybe even have a few ripe ones. They’re hitting a growth spurt, putting on new growth and new flower clusters right and left. If you haven’t [...]
Tomatoes love to be warm. Here are some ways to build your own bell cover, row cover or temporary greenhouse on the cheap and keep those tasties toasty.
I love tomatoes…. I love growing them and eating them fresh off the vine. My 5-year-old calls them “sports candy” and eats them, [...]