Everything is behind this year it seems. Spring was cold and rainy. Summer never seemed to want to arrive. Crops were late or failed to germinate. I fell behind in even posting anything to my blog, for a variety of reasons. But: Here I am again: This year was my first season growing garlic in earthboxes. I just harvested the… View Post
Yesterday George found this very interesting looking insect in the garden. It turns out it is a snakefly – I got an ID from Davesgarden.com, which is a great site for all things gardening. It’s a beneficial insect, predates on many garden pests, like aphids and others. I had never seen one before today! Here are some photos of this… View Post
Things are so late this year. Usually I have most everything planted and done this time of year. I did get part of my tomato plants (11) in the ground yesterday (+4 in earthboxes), but that’s just about 3 weeks later than usual. And I was hoping to get a little time to be in the garden today, but it… View Post
Today I transplanted most of my pepper and eggplant seedlings (60 of them) from the Bio-Dome to small green pots. A few days ago I transplanted the first of my onion plants to 4 Earthboxes (1 variety per box) I used to say I would never grow onions in Earthboxes, because of the recommendation of 10 per box. I am… View Post
On March 17 I planted a 60 cell Bio Dome with Hot Peppers and Eggplant, and an additional 22 cell tray with Sweet Peppers. I also reseeded a few cells of tomatoes that had not sprouted yet. March 19 I planted a tray with a variety of blooming plants, like Marigold, Foxglove, Morning Glory, Salvia & Malva, and set them… View Post
March 7. I have been growing Strawberries in earthboxes for the last few years, but this year I decided it is time to do some in the ground, so I dedicated one of my 4X4 beds to strawberries. Tristar is well suited for growing in this area, and I love the flavor of this berry! I also got a Bio-Dome… View Post
I planted another Bio Dome, Saturday night (Feb 27) It contains Toothache plant, Tarragon, Brunswick Cabbage, Basil (which I will try growing indoors on the windowsill, too early to plant out, I will start more later on for outdoor growing), Various Lettuce varieties, Chicory, Mustard, Italian Dandelion, Crinkle Cress, Fennel and Cilantro. This is what it looks like today, less… View Post
Today I planted a bunch of seeds, mostly flower seeds, and set them on heat mats out in the garage under lights. Planted a lot of Pansy, also Dusty Milller, Alyssum, Snapdragon, 4 O’Clock, Lupines and got some Wolfberry seeds planted that may be too old – we will see!
I just harvested this parsnip. Gladiator is turning out to be a great variety! Two days ago, I moved the onions, broccoli and cabbage off the heatmat and under lights.
Yesterday, February 7, I got some more seeds started. This batch was started in a Park Seed Bio Dome. Planted Broccoli, Cabbage, Parsley and Celery. They are now on a heat mat, side by side with the onions – and the onions have already started coming up!
It is time to start onion seeds, so I just ordered up seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. This year I decided to try some new varieties, I’ll be growing 3 new onions and 1 I have grown before. Yellow of Parma (grew this last year) Gold Princess (new for me this year) Jaune Paille Des Vertus (new for me… View Post