This was a good year for tomatoes here . Off to a slow start with cold and snow, it recovered in June and has been warm and sunny for the remainder of the summer right up into September.We have had little rain which caused a bit of over watering and splitting of some fruit but other than that, it was a wonderful year from both quantity and quality
Like most people I have tried a number of things and been impressed with ideas from other gardeners. These were used last year and held up great. They are not too difficult or expensive to make. They also are easily moved and I think will last for years. Materials:1-Wire Concrete reinforcing panel2-u-channel green fence posts2- pre-cut balusters4- bolts/nuts/washers5-wire staples Step 1:Using two bolts for each post, drill holes in baluster to align with existing holes in gre...
Background Rain gardens are planned gardens that capture, and filter, rain water that would otherwise run off, or through, your property. Runoff is a serious problem where increased development has replaced land with impervious surfaces … roads, roofs, patios, etc. that preclude rainwater from soaking into the ground. Problems Associated with Rainwater Runoff - Pollution of streams and water supplies as rainwater picks up chemicals from roads, lawns, farms, and parking lots. - ...
I decided to try something new this Spring. I took some water bottles, cut them in half, put some newspaper around the bottom (as shown by Jroot on another thread) put some soil in them, a seed each and using some good old electrical tape put the top of the bottle back on. I left everything on the deck on the table. I almost threw the whole thing away a month later as nothing, but nothing was showing/growing!!!:-( It always pay to check things out before giving up!!! :-) ...
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...
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...
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...
I was only able to make to one day of this wonderful event, but I spent at least 7 hours there, walking the various exhibit halls and listening to a few speakers. Most of my pictures (below) are from the well-lit produce display/judging area, but there was entertainment and three halls of vendors and organizations on everything from garden art to xeriscaping. Though I haven’t been to a garden show before, I doubt this one was completely like most others, what with the themes of sustainability...
I wrote this short video in honor of Thanksgiving. Here are three plants that contribute to our lives and well-being every day. Watch, hug a plant, and share the video with your friends! http://youtu.be/BA0xmpqiKfk
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