How to save space, use less plastic, and grow better seedlings using soil blocks. This summer I have discovered something that may just change my greenhouse forever: Soil blocks! Even though most of my seed sowing for the season has already been done, I still wanted to try out this “new” technique. (“New” means new […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
It’s late June and it’s that time of the summer… The lavender is just starting to bloom out in the garden! So what to do with all of those lovely purple blossoms? You have a thousand choices, but one of my favorites is preparing to make dried lavender bouquets. Making lavender bouquets is probably the […]Continue Reading... 9 Comments.
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, well… like candy! The […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 effort to cook! Ever had that happen? […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Make your own starter pots from yogurt cups… Here’s how! If you’re like me, you’ve probably had a hard time finding inexpensive 3-inch pots for starting small plants or seeds. And if your family is like mine, you probably go through quite a few snack-sized yogurt containers. so -(starter pots) + (yogurt cups) = Problem […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Nope, not California dreamin’… although with the weather we’ve had lately, I’m almost there. The real story is that I’ve been trying for a number of years to start citrus trees from seed. For some reason I have failed miserably on every attempt. That is, until now! About two months ago I bit into a […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 half I have two-inch […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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. We had several freezes and many hard rains since the last week in February […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Well, it’s been a crazy year so far, with house-buying, moving, repairing, new-carring, etc… and finally getting back into the swing of things. For me, that means planting seeds, and repotting starts, rooting cuttings, etc. Currently dazzling me are my amaryllis. Recently, one bloomed, but even more exciting are the results of last year’s blossoms… […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The move really messed me up. I lost a few of the rooted African Violet leaves I’d started, but I finally got to transplant some of the ones that survived. Looks like one leaf only had 2 babies on it, while one other had about 6. I cut the leaves off the babies and put […]Continue Reading... No Comments.