Your Gardening Calendar for July 2018

As the summer marches on, so do the list of gardening chores we need to do. Maintenance and Clean Up Mound soil up around base of potatoes.  Watch for blooming to tell you when it’s time to harvest.  If you’re gardening these using the tire method or the bag method, keep piling on the straw! …

Perfect companions usually never have fewer than four feet …

Unless you’re using companion planting in your yards, gardens, flower beds and orchards. Companion planting can combine beauty and good effects to give you a healthy and enjoyable environment. As gardeners, we are curious and creative folk. So let your imagination soar. There are many ways to incorporate the useful and helpful plants into your…

Gardening Calendar – October 2017

All summer, many of us have yearned for cooler weather.  Meteorologists are calling for frost this week.  Again.  And time, once again, marches us into the fall. There’s tons to do before the gardens are put to bed.  There are a couple of important things that you might want to think about before that, though,…

Gardening Calendar for September … And Stuff.

It’s always … And Stuff. From time to time, various companies with natural products, or products that appeal to me (coffee makers, anyone?), invite me to test out their Stuff.  So I do, you know, because … Stuff. The folks at New York Biology have sent me a bunch of different things to try; essential…

You can still grow stuff before the snow flies!

These end-of-summer edibles delight in hot days and muggy nights and grow quickly enough to produce a harvest in two months or less. When the heat brings an end to the harvest of lettuce, peas, and many other cool-weather crops, it’s time to compost the sun-scorched remains of those spring edibles to open up garden…

Beneficial Insects are Important, People!

Hey, folks.  Today, we’re going to look at beneficial insects – what they are, why they’re good, and how to attract them. But first, I want to talk about sleeping.  Does everybody get great sleep and good rest?  Ugh.  I don’t, usually.  Racing brain, thinking about all the stuff I didn’t get done, all the…

Battling blossom end rot

I think just about every gardener in the world has battled with blossom end rot on their tomatoes at one time or another. It’s really irritating to find those water-soaked spots on the ends of the fruits that you’ve nurtured through frosts and heat and hornworm attacks. That spot at the blossom end of your…

Deer-proofing your garden

Sure, they’re cute with those big eyes and expressive ears, but when it comes to deer-proofing your garden, they sure can be infuriating pests. Short of building a fence high enough that they can’t jump it—at least 8-feet tall—there are no permanent solutions.  Although, if you’re feeding them – you might want to stop that….