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 […]
Winter squash blooms are the happiest of all the vege flowers. I have a few small fruits already, and can’t wait to taste it! The three sisters didn’t work out in this bed. The beans never sprouted.
The first crop of radishes took 6 weeks to be ready, a week longer than the seed packet said. Early Scarlet Globe seeds were sown directly into the raised beds on April 3rd under a cold frame. These did not have the heat of previous crops. I don’t think I’ll use this kind again. […]