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. I thought a novel way to keep the highly attractive smelling fertilizer from the pup was to encapsulate it… Continue reading Using bone meal based vegetable and tomato fertilizer.

The art of staking in a flower or vegetable patch

There is nothing better than an architectural piece of a garden.  Giving extra support is a necessity for plants like tomatos and beans. In small gardens a squash can take over a whole bed, so growing vertically is a must.  Supports need the right amount of heft to faithfully hold up its cargo and yet… Continue reading The art of staking in a flower or vegetable patch

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: Building raised beds

4 ft x 4 ft x 8 inch planter

The first set of plans for the garden included about 80 square feet of garden space among 4  4×4 raised planters, a 2×6 planter, and a 2×4 planter.  These just didn’t fit in the actual garden plot. Planters: So what we have this year are: 3 – 4×4 1 –  2 x 6 Total Gardening… Continue reading Square Foot Gardening: Building raised beds

Square Foot Gardening: Plant Chart

This will be my first year using the square foot gardening method in Colorado.  I’ve chosen a number of different sized plants to see just how true my resources end up being for plant spacing.  I was surprised to find just how many plants could be added in the small number of raised beds I… Continue reading Square Foot Gardening: Plant Chart

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