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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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