What Is A Weed?

Dandelions are considered weeds to some, and not to others. What is a weed to you?

TI have friends who are into wine-making. They occasionally come to my yard, dig up dandelions, and take them home to make dandelion wine. I’ll never forget visiting them and walking around their huge yard, noting a nice-sized bed of dandelions. There was one lone blue bachelor button growing in the corner. Without even thinking, … Read more

Simple Steps to Prevent Vegetable Garden Problems

Find out how to prevent vegetable garden problems

Unfortunately, our commonly grown garden vegetables are prone to specific problems. Tomatoes can get Early Blight, Late Blight, Southern Blight, Gray Leaf Spot, Septoria Leaf Spot, Verticillium Wilt, Anthracnose, Fusarium Wilt, etc., as well as aphids, stink bugs, and tomato hornworms. Cucumber family members (cukes, squash, melons, pumpkins) can get Wilt, Powdery Mildew, Downy Mildew, … Read more

My Favorite Vegetables to Plant

Take some time to enjoy your vegetable gardens

I try to plant at least one new thing every year in my flower and veggie/herb gardens. Over the past few years, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite vegetables. As I continue to try new things, this list is subject to change. Most of my favorite veggies are not necessarily the “standard” varieties. Some … Read more

Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day

This coming Saturday, April 22nd, is Earth Day! Earth Day was established in 1969 at a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) conference in San Francisco, California. In March of 1970, a sanctioned Proclamation was signed at the U.N.  A U.S. senator from Wisconsin organized a national demonstration about environmental issues, and the … Read more

Elephant Ears

Elephant ears

Elephant ears have been cultivated for more than 10,000 years as a food crop—making it one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. The botanical name is Colocasia esculenta—esculenta comes from the Latin word for edible. It’s toxic when raw due to calcium oxalate crystals but edible when cooked. In Polynesia, elephant ears are … Read more

Let’s Take a Walk Around My Garden

It's always good to walk around the garden

It’s National Walk Around Things Day – Let’s Take a Walk Around My Garden Did you know that tomorrow (Tuesday, the 4th) is National Walk Around Things Day? The National Day Calendar is uncertain of the origin of this, so let’s just “run” with it. I’m a gardener, so maybe I’ll celebrate by walking around … Read more

Ah, Spring

Setting seeds is a great part of spring

Today is the first official day of spring—in the northern hemisphere, anyway. On the other hand, the Celtic tradition has spring beginning on February 2nd (Candlemas) and continuing until May 1st (Beltane). In the southern hemisphere, spring begins on September 1st and ends on November 30th. Meteorologists consider spring the whole months of March, April, … Read more

How to Plant Edibles From Roots or Sets

Asparagus is just one form of edibles that can be grown from roots or sets

What is tastier than asparagus straight from the garden—or strawberries still warm from the sun; spring onions so fresh that soil is still clinging to them? There are many edibles that are grown from packaged roots. They are easy, inexpensive, and fun to grow. Some are even perennial and will provide delicious vegetables for many … Read more

Garden Terms You Need to Know

Learning garden terms while planting

Annual—An annual is a plant that grows and blooms in one season, then dies with the frost. Yes, you’ll have to plant it again next year—but it makes up for it by usually blooming the entire summer, all the way to frost. Acidic—When applied to soil, the soil has a pH between 0 and 7. … Read more

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