Using bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer.

This year I am testing a bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer. This is a natural fertilizer that provides not only phosphorus but calcium. Calcium helps avoid blossom end rot that can ruin a tomato. Update: I’m sure noone has read or followed the wet instructions… but if you’ve just come across this… DON’T… Continue reading Using bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer.

Square Foot Garden – Irrigation and Planting!

After building boxes, installing beds, and making soil we finally got to plant the square foot plan I created.  As with all plans, adjustments were made to better accommodate the plants I had and the irrigation I convinced my husband Mike to create. Irrigation Originally Mike envisioned spray heads at each corner of the beds.  I thought this might… Continue reading Square Foot Garden – Irrigation and Planting!

Square Foot Gardening Plan

To best plan our small plot for vegetables, I am learning about square foot gardening. This technique uses the principle of marking coordinates to best utilize a space. Instead of rows that may have two feet of empty space on either side allowing room for weeds to grow, one or more plants are fit into… Continue reading Square Foot Gardening Plan

Dreaded Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is often associated with roses and other plants requiring a good amount of moisture to sustain growth. My vegetable gardens in the last few years have been stunted and in the case of 2010, a complete loss due to mildew. Powdery mildew is most active at temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees F.… Continue reading Dreaded Powdery Mildew