Book: The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food

Tanya L. K. Denckla has compiled an indispensable summary of 765 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts in this almost 500 page book!

She gives ample information on each entry, including growing and storage requirements, diseases and pests, companion plants, harvest and sample varieties. The remainder of the book is dedicated to organic practices of pest control, plant health, problem identification and pest and disease profiles. This book is a handy reference that will earn it’s place in your library.

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2011 Garden Plan - Peppers

Well, it’s been quite a while since I wrote…the garden is taking up a lot of time & energy, and I have the tan to prove it! Tonight, as I was meandering around the garden after a flash thunderstorm, enjoying the evening sun, I realized that things are changing lots every day, which means it’s time for regular updates…

The peppers are all planted into the greenhouse and garden and are really going! Some varieties are growing faster than others, and there are peppers growing on most of the plants, and the rest are in flower! YAY!

It goes without saying that with a greenhouse, I should have planted them . . . → Read More: 2011 Garden Plan – Peppers

Year-round Gardening: Organize Your Seeds!

Winter is a down time for gardening here. When frigid temperatures set in for the long haul, there’s really not a lot one can do. Or is there?

Besides reading up on new gardening techniques and ideas, drooling over reading seed and plant catalogs, one could take on the task of organizing their garden seeds.

This is what I found myself doing this winter.

Before starting, it was prudent to put some decent thought into how, exactly, my seeds were going to be organized when this project was complete. You see, this is not the first time I have “organized” my seeds. And, I suspect, it won’t be the last.

. . . → Read More: Year-round Gardening: Organize Your Seeds!

2011 Garden Plan

Gardenus indecisionus.: a chronic condition, usually presenting in late winter and peaking in early spring yearly. It can cause insomnia, discomfort and anxiety. In severe conditions it can even cause nervousness and a need to constantly sort out seeds. Extreme symptoms include buying more seeds than the gardener has the space/time/energy/money for with delusional thoughts of a tropical oasis in their yard.

I’m sure I’m not the only gardener that suffers from this dreaded affliction. Right?

I was recently inspired to start cataloging seeds. It all started when I was trying to fill a trade order and couldn’t find the Taiyo Sunflower seeds I knew I had. I looked high, . . . → Read More: 2011 Garden Plan