My Rattlesnake pole bean plant has shot up the past few weeks and I guess now that it figured out it ran out of vertical room, I looked and saw several dangling pods that were at the right size to pick. That startled me. Those suckers seem to grow pretty fast (I'm guessing water from … Continue reading Q #141: How do you store your home-grown crops when you don’t have a root cellar?
I didn't get too much done today--too much work outside the home and I was nodding off mid-day, so I napped through quite a bit of it. Bummed me out because I had plans, but sleep needs to happen, too. What little I did do happened in my garden, and as I let myself SLOWLY … Continue reading Learning new things in the garden a little at a time… & knowing you’re gonna go WAY past your initial investment if you don’t watch it.
I wasn't feeling very good today, just general tiredness from the storm the night before waking me up several times. I finished most of my notebook regarding plants I'm working with and any specs and instructions I can find on them, and then went to check on what I already had planted versus what was … Continue reading When “you get what you pay for” means you’ve lost not just money, but time as well.
I try to be a creative person as much as I can. But I have a few things that tend to get in the way of that, namely that I'm an over-analyzer with impulsive tendencies. I realized while writing this that it doesn't make much sense. You're generally either one or the other. Well, I'm … Continue reading When “sleeping on it” is the best thing you’ve done for yourself all week…
My Copy: 9781603429986 (image from bn.com) Vertical Vegetables and Fruit is pretty self-explanatory. While some might see tomatoes, cucumbers, and ivy as mostly climbers, there are plenty of other vegetables and fruits that have the ability to climb, or at least be trained to grow up more than out, saving valuable space in a small … Continue reading Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative gardening techniques for growing up in small spaces; by R. M. Hart
My Copy: 9780760361603 (image from bn.com) If you're trying to minimize your garbage impact, running out of compost pile room, big on experimentation (for yourself or the kids), or just wanna grow your own food... then this is a book to try out. No-Waste Kitchen Gardening doesn't require you to have much more than an … Continue reading No-Waste Kitchen Gardening: Regrow your leftover greens, stalks, seeds, & more; by K. Elzer-Peters.
My Copy: 9780761116967 (image from bn.com) Well, that was a surprising read. And for the most part, "weedless gardening" seems to really mean weedless. Weedless Gardening has an interesting premise in its pages about how to start gardening and what you're supposed to do with the soil to get your plants a healthy start, whether … Continue reading Weedless Gardening: the hassle-free all-organic system, by L. Reich.
Well, something was bound to happen, even before I finished building that last bed for my plants to be. I have a bunch of seed starter trays going with several herbs and vegetables, and I made sure to label the sections. I knew there might be some difficulties keeping things together, especially with those trays … Continue reading Adventures in Gardening: Labeling gaffs (oops)…
My Copy: 9781493026579 (image from bn.com) I gotta admit--the photos in this book make me drool over the lovely plant-life. The Backyard Gardener is a great resource for those who need some info before investing a bunch of money in gardening. (I kinda wish I started reading this before I went all-out in my quarantine … Continue reading The Backyard Gardener: Simple, easy, & beautiful gardening with vegetables, herbs & flowers, by K. Orzel.
This popped into my head when a storm rolled in pretty hard and violently around 4:30 this morning. I laid there, thinking it was gonna be bad for a little bit, but got worse and worse. I'd just set out the last of my seeds and trays in the seed greenhouses last night before coming … Continue reading Q#131: How do you protect a food garden from a hurricane?