I heard about the “Seeds of the Month Club” a few weeks ago, and was really intrigued by the concept. I just love looking through seed catalogs, but with all the choices today, I’m always conflicted about what new seed varieties to try. So I was excited to learn that for just $3.09 per month, the Seeds of the Month Club would send me eight packets of seed the first month and four packets of seeds for the next 11 months. For a garden lover like me, it’s a perfect monthly treat – and I don’t even have to agonize [...]
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The propane torch shown below is the best $29.99 I’ve ever spent for weeding (I found it at Harbor Freight) - it’s awesome what I was able to accomplish in very little time.
This is what it looked like as I started using it to remove the weeks on the bank above our new rock wall (see Bramblestone Wall).
And this is what the bank looked like less than an hour later – weeds eradicated! It would have been difficult and time-consuming to do this using other methods.
After torching, we were able to immediately plant with Ivy to start getting a ground cover established. We got the torch with the electric [...]
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Right now, it’s very important to focus energy on cleaning up the vegetable garden. I wish that all my cleanup chores were done; but I’m still working on it because I know a few hours of work now will make a huge difference in next year’s garden.
It’s most important to remove and destroy (not compost) all the remains from this year’s vegetable plants because many vegetable pests survive from year to year on old plant debris. This will help prevent insect and disease problems from starting next spring and summer.
After getting all the plant debris removed from the garden, I like to get a good layer of leaves [...]
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Growing a big garden is lots of work, and I’m ashamed to say that I’m always tempted to throw in the trowel mid-summer. It’s hot, it’s no fun weeding, I’ve got a million other things I’d rather be doing, etc., etc. But I generally persevere, and then BIG harvest time hits.
There’s squash, potatoes, onions, sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, etc. coming out of the garden so fast it’s a challenge to cook and preserve quick enough to keep up – and I love it. Each year I get a little better at cooking and preserving recipes that we really enjoy, and that [...]
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According to the Seed Starting and Planting Schedule I made for this year’s garden, this is the last week to set transplants out, and everything else should be planted too. I’m proud to say that this year I made it, even with a two week vacation in the middle – everything is planted and seems to be growing!
Chard Five Color Silverbeet
Today I put the last of the cucumber, chard, zuchini, tomato, pepper, and eggplant transplants in the garden. For the tomato, eggplant, and pepper transplants, I set them [...]
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