One of my favorite garden dark horses this year has to be my salsify plant going hog wild next to my tomatoes. Not only is it supposedly delicious- but it has the best flowers. I'd heard it spread easily and that getting seeds to sow was a cinch- but since half the plants died over … Continue reading Saving salsify seeds
I put one 4 inch squash plant in a large plastic grow pot earlier this spring. Oh my. I'm getting nearly a squash a day or every other day now, which is a really glorious situation to find oneself in. But we're approaching the zucchini event horizon- when the plant gets mega-unwieldy very quickly and … Continue reading A Zucchini tree in the making
3000 new recruits in the ever-ongoing war against aphids! I lucked out the day I got them- very foggy and overcast which meant a mid-day release. Normally of course you have to wait til dusk, so that the little ladies are tricked into thinking that the garden was always their home. But when it's wet … Continue reading 2021’s Ladybug onslaught
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!
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