Tending My Garden
Currently I’m planting buckwheat in the garden as a cover crop in beds that contained spring peas, lettuces, or onions this spring. Although fundamental truths for success in gardening remain firm, techniques to obtain those can vary with each individual. In this post I’ll share techniques that may give you ideas about how to save […]
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Keeping gardening simple, not only makes it easier in the best of times, but could make all the difference in your chances for survival in hard times. I’ll go over many of the benefits of using my suggestions for doing that in this post. Those who have a more complicated way of gardening may want […]
A reader just left questions as part of her comment on the last post. She wanted to know if I offer gardening ideas for kids? And at what age should she start introducing her kids to gardening? As soon as kids can get into your garden (whether you’re still carrying them or they’re toddling in) […]
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A new reader (a container gardener) writes and asks, “Could you give me some advice, and could you do a blog about the unique issues with container gardening?” Some Folks are Unable to Garden in the Soil One possible situation for some gardeners might be to either garden in a container or not garden at […]
Gardens are constantly changing. This year’s garden observations late summer into fall show the garden’s progress and change since my post in mid summer. Observations can often give you some helpful organic gardening tips. Garden Observations – Fall Tomatoes are even Better! As mentioned in the last Observations post, Big Beef (which has been my […]
Fall plantings can help you eat from the garden through fall/winter and into early next spring. How much you plant and when you plant it can make a difference. For the most success: stagger plantings of the same crop several weeks apart. This can make a big difference in how long you enjoy eating from […]
Once you have the fungus (Sclerotica cepivorum) that causes white rot in your soil it’s not likely you’ll get rid of it. The good news is organic home gardeners especially can deal with it and still get a healthy crop of onions and/or garlic (or other alliums). Your success will come with incessant attention while […]
There’s a secret to success in the garden (or any other endeavor) that’s seldom mentioned. In spite of what’s promoted – either in ads for various gardening products or articles on gardening – things are not always perfect no matter how good the gardener or the garden is. As plants age they (like most life […]
Learning organic gardening is easier when we learn from others. Pictures, organic gardening ideas, and observations from my July garden might help you in yours. My first garden and my current garden have proven to me many times that working with nature (using my 3 keys as the foundation for success) is the easiest way […]
These pictures and organic gardening ideas from my June garden might help you see (if you don’t already) that your garden doesn’t have to be perfection as dictated by someone else. Rather it can (and should) suit your individual needs AND be easy. Lots of New Gardeners This Year/ Prompted by Fear? Based on the […]
Sunday, April 5, 2020 I sent a private letter to TMG subscribers entitled Ways to Cope in This Pandemic Climate. (I was very pleased to receive many emails from readers saying how much they liked the information and that they were looking forward to more. I have not finished replying to all yet — but […]
There’s always more than one way to accomplish a goal. One of the secrets to choosing the best way for YOU is knowing the advantages and/or disadvantages of the way you choose. That’s not always the easiest thing to know; especially when you’re new to gardening and have no experience. Most articles concentrate on what […]
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Plants need fresh air and good air circulation. This is true even in winter. No matter what form of protection you use for your plants, you’ll still need to insure they get enough ventilation. Fortunately your plants can survive short periods of being “closed up” when weather makes it impossible to do otherwise. When Lettuce […]
Do you remember the uncared-for old farm house I told you about in a previous post? No heat, no running water, no bathroom, no phone. The one occupied by thousands of crickets, snakes, mice and the occasional raccoon and rat when we moved in. Bill and I lived there 20 years and our most memorable […]
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This area anticipated some much needed rain from hurricane Dorian passing off the coast the first part of September. Although a day of mist wet the leaves and grass, it didn’t even dampen the soil in the garden. We’ve not had a good rain since sometime in August. The bad news is that it’s hard […]
Things September Brings to Mind – Extending the Season, Beautiful Blooms, Transplanting When it’s Dry, Tomatoes, Garlic
Garlic Do you buy your garlic from the grocery store? Are you aware that most of that comes from China? If you want to know the multitude of reasons why that garlic might not be your best choice you’ll want to review this post: Garlic – A Good Reason to Grow Your Own Garlic is […]
A New Gardener Asks: “- what to do — after it all stops producing? Is there any thing I could plant which may grow from now till the first frost?”
Susan, a reader in New York, started her first garden this year. She told some of what she had learned in the comment section at the end of this post. In closing she asks “—what to do (if anything) after it all stops producing? Is there any thing I could plant which may grow from […]
The garden is so much a part of who I am that at the start of the season I had a lot of emotion which turned the “effort” of resuming the tending of my garden, into a painful struggle. There were more days I felt like giving up than I care to admit. I realize […]
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The norm should be (and easily can be) gardens and borders that only take a few minutes here and there to weed as you plant and harvest make gardening even more fun. Who wants to be bogged down with weeding all the time. I’ve written several posts on how to make that your reality and […]
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Once you establish the habit of always looking for the good in any situation, it makes difficult situations easier to deal with. Although the good is always there, that doesn’t mean that we prefer this new situation to the previous one. And we all know that sometimes looking for and especially “working with the good” […]
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