Trying out new things in the garden is a necessity year after year. A soil blend you like might be out of stock or reformulated badly, so you have to give something else a try. Last year your favorite tomato really beefed it and got ultra blighty or aphidy and you now know sun-gold is … Continue reading Old cucumber seed, new cucumber growing method
So as I try to dig my garden out of the doldrums and into spring planting, I'm running into the usual problems of time and space and weather. But I'm also finding some surprising success stories. This bed was almost totally harvested and left fallow for potatoes- but one surprise plant clearly was surviving and … Continue reading Operation kale lift is a go!
We had a doozy of a late winter/early spring out here, alternating between sporadic rain, gusting winds, random days of near 85 degree temperature, and amusingly, hailstones tearing chunks through leafy greens and windshields alike. The windstorms were the worst of the bunch- as they always are, and once again my way-too-big-for-his-own-pot tree collard decided … Continue reading Righting the ship. Playing the part of the ship in this metaphor, is a top heavy tree collard.
Not everything in a vegetable garden needs to be edible. A truly lovely salvia came into work the other day and I snagged it. "Ember's wish" is just a gorgeous specimen- I look forward to feeding the hummingbirds. Also threw in some anise hyssop into the mix because why not. Both plants are good choices … Continue reading The only plant(s) appropriate for the weather
Despite the weather issues, despite the fungus, despite being both crazy busy and having nothing to do except water and moan about bugs... and the whole pandemic thing- the tomato haul so far is intense. I've already been gushing about the Spike- and that was a real dark horse in terms of yields, if not … Continue reading The best and biggest surprise(s)- Black Krim the clear winner in the tomato adventure