Powdery mildew is a major factor in my decision NOT to plant cucumbers in 2019. Luckily I still have pickles in the cupboard, but for those who must have pickles …. try these preventative measures to get ahead of any mildew problems. 3 PREVENTION methods that won’t harm the bugs… Better site the cucumbers – […]
This year saw unintended permaculture experiments, and one in the making. I never installed the replacement soaker hoses in the flower bed. Instead of trying to salvage what couldn’t tolerate the semi-arid conditions it became another experiment in conservation. Next spring I will take inventory of what comes back. I do not intend to water […]
Permaculture Practice Where to start is to read The Permaculture Design Course Handbook. It leads you through the 11 design principles whose goal is a community of plants and animals acting in coordination for mutual benefit. When thoughtfully placed near each other (relative location) each element provides at least three functions for other elements. Principles […]
How the seedlings are doing 3/16 So it’s been a few days. The Valentine grape and the Verona tomatoes are now coming up. The Valentine grape 9 of 12 seeds have propagated. For the Verona six seeds of 12 have germinated. 3/17 in just 24 hours all of the peppers have started to come up. […]
If you are new to gardening you might be a little intimidated when it comes to starting plants from seed. There’s no need to be afraid! Companies today offer products that make it very simple to do. Many vegetables we like to grow are from equatorial regions and cannot be started outdoors. They need longer […]
Like all things in the world the garden creeps towards entropy without diligent effort. After many years of only needing a bit of cleanup, the raised vegetable beds need maintenance. Replace soil in most beds to remove powdery mildew spores Repair irrigation chewed by varmints Paint fence Replenish mulch But this year I would also […]
I saw this picture I took a few days back and it’s the perfect back drop for a saying that speaks to me.
The spaghetti squash is going mad! Or should I say growing mad!?
Each year I propogate more peppers and tomatoes than my my small vegetable plot can hold. I’ve successfully grown not only peppers in pots but corn on my upper deck. This year the plants are healthy and tall with a little guy already going! The variety I’m growing is Burpee’s ‘Big Guy‘ hot pepper. They […]
I planted the following in 2016 garden: Burpee Pick-a-Bushel cucumber: harvest 50 days Touchon carrot: harvest 65 days Green Ice Lettuce – yucky Chioggia beet: 54 days Dwarf blue curled Vates Kale: 55 days Northern Xtra-sweet hybrid sh2 corn: 67 days Habanero : 95 days after transplant! Vegetable spaghetti Winter squash 100 days Fresh salsa […]