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Inside Garden #6: March 2015

03-19-2015 11:15 PM by nitepagan | 3 comments »

Late last summer, I had an aphid infestation in my inside garden, so I ended up losing everything I had been trying to grow. I have trashed everything associated with the aphids and am hoping I am done with them for this year. The inside garden was turned off for the winter to save on electricity. I have started anew with some new seed. I am using jiffy pellets, 1 seed to a pellet, using the seed I had on hand, not buying new unless I have to.A closer look at the plants. Seeds were planted...

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Garden Journey 2013 #8: Tomato Harvest

10-03-2013 10:57 AM by justjoel | 6 comments »

My tomatoes are finally coming in fairly steadily, but then again the cold weather is starting in on us a little early too. I’ve been covering them here and there, watching the forecasts and checking the actual temperature each night. I’ve re-used plastic table cloths from a work event to cover them, coupled with some utility lights underneath to provide a little extra heat. The cold has all but killed some of the more delicate flowers and my cucumbers, squash & melons, bu...

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Saving the Bounty #1: In a Pickle.

08-19-2013 03:09 PM by justjoel | 9 comments »

So, I started my first attempt at home canning with something easy – pickles (easy meaning no pressure canner required, just a hot water bath). I even bought a seasoning packet for bread-n-butter pickles. Tried the first one this morning and they turned out great. My 11 year-old son, Jonas, the only other REAL pickle lover in the house, absolutely loves ‘em. I had a hard time getting him to wait until they had cured the required 24 hours. I sliced more cucumbers than I had liquid to c...

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Garden Journey 2013 #7: May Garden

08-14-2013 09:20 AM by justjoel | 3 comments »

Since I now have three separate areas in the backyard that are mainly dedicated to veggies and herbs, I’m naming them each after the month that most of their planting was complete. This has been my main garden since we moved here about 5 years ago, and has of course changed over the years. Being in the center between the east and west fences this area gets the best and longest sun, though the back corner of the east side doesn’t fair as well as the west side. I usually make this garden...

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Garden Journey 2013 #6: April Garden

08-08-2013 11:11 AM by justjoel | 3 comments »

Since I now have three separate areas in the backyard that are mainly dedicated to veggies and herbs, I’m naming them each after the month that most of their planting was complete. April Garden This space was just added last year, and mostly housed two kinds of pumpkins that didn’t get quite ripe enough as I completed the area and planted rather late. So this year it was planted first, essentially in April, and therefore is doing well (though the broccoli is the only thing that I’ve har...

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Garden Journey 2013 #4: The Tomatoes

07-09-2013 09:58 PM by justjoel | 9 comments »

Before I get to the gardens themselves, I’m going start with a few items that I consider to be some of my main “crops,” mainly the beans & tomatoes, as they are planted all over the place, and thusly have a bit more of a story than, say, the onions (though I could talk for at least 20 minutes about my onions this year). As for the tomatoes, I know I have 14 plants, with six varieties planted, but there might be more. Each year, at the end of the season, I dig a compost pit for the win...

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Garden Journey 2013 #3: EVERYTHING needs to be done FIRST!

06-28-2013 03:12 PM by justjoel | 7 comments »

It’s really hard to know where to begin. And that has sort of been the theme, I suppose, of the yard & garden so far this year: Where do I begin? And sometimes I’m slow to start for trying to figure out what project or chore needs to be done before I can move on to the next part. Planning, it takes planning. And it takes changes in plans, and changes to the changes. Sheesh. The whole year has sort of been like when my wife asked me why I was pulling weeds in the flower bed, when I said...

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New State - New Gardens! #2: Square Foot Layout , Mulching, Solar Power, and Pollination

05-08-2013 06:52 AM by Retsof | 3 comments »

My Square Foot Layout: Here are a few photos that I took while I was digging out the garden using my 4’ x 4’ grid. I made two of these grids that bolt together to form a 4’ x 8’ platform that sits on two sawhorses for cutting large sheet goods (plywood, beadboard, pegboard, etc.) with my track saw (I’m also a Lumberjocks.com member). As I was sketching out my garden plans, I realized that I already had the perfect 16 square grid to layout my garden. I...

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New State - New Gardens! #1: Growing Organic Vegetables in the Catskill Mountains

05-05-2013 05:25 PM by Retsof | 3 comments »

Hi Gardentenders! I haven’t posted here in a while because I was in the middle of moving and had to break down all my gardens. I have relocated from Las Vegas, NV (zone 9) to a small town in the Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York (zone 4a). If you take a look at my older blog entries, you will see that I was into container gardening, out of necessity, when I lived in the desert. This year, I am taking some of what I learned in Las Vegas, and applying it to two much bigger ga...

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Seeds - Our Future in a Nutshell. #1: Start indoors anytime...

12-28-2012 04:26 PM by justjoel | 7 comments »

I’m new to all of this, the politics and controversy regarding our food supply, but I’m slowly catching up. And I don’t have the money or the time yet to become as active of a part of these movements as I would like to become. But I can share and discuss these issues with you all, my gardening friends, thus spreading the word to others of like-mind who can then share these issues with those that don’t know what is happening to our food supply. And the challenges st...

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