Lettuce, Poop, and Peppers

First Frost November 18 - Tomorrow morning's temps will be in the low 30's. As cold and as windy as it has been today, I'm convinced we'll get our first frost. At least we got some bonus garden days that allowed our cover crop, Kodiak Brown Mustard, to sprout their true leaves. A delayed frost... Continue Reading →

August 24, 2020 Kitchen Scraps

Eating fresh from the garden fills at least three large ex-pretzel tubs a week with kitchen scraps. The plastic containers work great – made of clear plastic so you can see how full it’s getting. If it looks like a weird science experiment – take it out of the house before it explodes. The lid... Continue Reading →

August 22, 2020 – Start of the Fall Garden

Two days before hurricane Isaias came to Virginia pole beans and okra seeds were pushed into a starting mix of peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite. They sprouted 24 hours later. It was crazy. Encouraged by their rapid growth, I planted broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kohlrabi, and a few more fall plants. The seed trays were left... Continue Reading →

August 19, 2020 – Housewarming Gifts

Hoop House It felt awesome getting the front-walk tomatoes into the hoop house. Of course, seconds later, Dick and I thought of several things the hoop house needed immediatly. Ventilation, irrigation, and information about its climate. Time to go shopping. Even with the 40% shade-cloth covering the hoop house, it was warm and the air... Continue Reading →

August 18, 2020 – Gardenkeeping

I didn't hear the storm last night, but it must have poured. The rain washed out the gravel between the garage and the blueberries. It's also caused several tomatoes to split. Garden Tomato plants in the raised beds and two in pots on the back deck had snapped stems, dropped tomatoes, and were beaten down.... Continue Reading →

August 17, 2020 – Hoop House

Finally, working outside is manageable. Gone is the swimming-in-your-clothes feeling because of the high humidity and changing multiple times because you're soaked. Meaning less laundry. Dick and I survived July and half of August by only working an hour or so before retreating to the pool for a quick cool down. That pool is a... Continue Reading →

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