I have to confess that when winter arrives, I usually ran around the garden and pile everything from furniture to kids toys into the sun room. Having turned the sun room into a games room and bar earlier this year, I suddenly find myself without anywhere for the piles of stuff that simply won’t survive a NY winter outside. The intention had been to build a decent sized barn for the animals this summer and include a hay loft and some storage for the garden bits and pieces, but with on...
Even though we grow the vast majority of our own vegetables and fruits (and herbs) in our rather expansive gardens, we are a modern family. The push towards more organic has actually been in large part due to our modern knowledge of the real effects of the fertilization and insect control methods of years past. I often laugh when it is implied that my organic methods are throwback methods to years gone by as the fact is while they share some commonality with methods of many years ago, it is m...
It can no longer be avoided – winter is officially here and somehow we seemed to complete bypass fall and go straight into sub zero temperatures and snow. My wife insists that fall did, in fact, happen but I don’t think that 2 days of attractive leaves constitutes a fall (much like only one day of genuine heat does not constitute a summer!). So, completely taken aback by the incursi of winter, the garden is nowhere near ready. Some of the garden furniture is already irretrievab...
Just to let my GT friends know … we had to say good-bye to our cat Jasmine a couple of weeks ago. She was about 17 years of age and had lots of health issues. She wasn’t well. And who is Tippy?Well, at the end of August this year we were the recipient of a “drop-off” kitten who became the neighbourhood cat (remind you of Gabby?). Anyway, we refused to pet him although all he craved was to get on anyone’s lap and to get indoors. We did, however feed him, as he ...
Many people love to plant trees and plants in their gardens. However, the harsh sunlight in this busy city makes your plant or tree wither away. The extreme weather conditions can be very dangerous to the growth of the trees and can even destroy them. All your problems are solved with the setup of a greenhouse. A greenhouse is a glass building in which growth of the plants are protected from extreme weather conditions such as harsh sunlight and cold weather. However, it is always not possible...
Just like creating a new miniature garden, renovating an existing one is fun. You can easily go into your own world of imagination and create a miniature garden that you will love to show off. Renovation not only improves the appearance, but also extends the life of your miniature garden. Unlike renovating a full-sized garden which involves back-breaking work, miniature garden renovation is easy and you can do it in few hours. Here are some tips to get you started. Gather the necessary ...
One of the goals for next year’s garden (as mentioned in another post) is to make it more hospitable. Rather than just utilitarian, since it is virtually all of the back yard, to make it a place we can still gather and entertain with a few walk ways and benches. With the additional space we have gained by getting the area from the adjacent lot especially, we can spread out a little and make the gardens both functional and decorative. Along that theme I am thinking of replacing the posts wi...
This year the season is favorable to my flower and vegetable garden. Here is just a glimpse of my garden in October. Hibiscus Colorful Bougainvillea Overall Look Flower Red Okra Red Okra Bottle Gourd Smooth Gourd Colocasia Butterfly* Sharad
Everybody has heard the saying “you are what you eat” and it is one of the reasons I have a garden – to make sure I have lots of fresh wholesome fruits and vegetables for my family. In more recent years we have taken that a step further and learned (through first common sense and later proven by science) that simply choosing to eat carrots and peas and beans over processed foods is not the end of the story. Where and how these vegetables are grown and what is fed to the plants and sprayed on ...
It is around this time every year, as the current years garden becomes more barren with more rows tilled and empty than growing plants, that I begin my planning for next year. It is arguably as busy as the spring planting season, but instead of being bent over with my hands in the fresh dirt I am hunched over the counters peeling and blanching vegetables for canning and or freezing. Just as in the spring I pass the hours of work daydreaming of the harvest to come and the taste of the fres...
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