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Mizuna: a home run in the winter garden

Posted: November 13, 2017

  I tried the leafy green called mizuna this fall for the first time, sowing an entire packet of seeds into a broad, low container filled with good compost. The results have been amazing. The mizuna sprouted right away and now, in mid-November, I am starting to cut it for salads. Delicious: much milder than … Continue reading

Fall garden surprise!

Posted: November 10, 2017

   Just four weeks ago – in mid-September – I planted a variety of cool-weather seeds to see how far I could stretch the growing season. These seeds included sugar snap peas, beets, mizuna and arugula (both greens), plus carrots and some French breakfast radishes.     Results are in already, and while it was the … Continue reading

Pumpkin Patch


Sow True Seed’s small Sugar Pumpkin is the perfect size for gardeners who don’t have an expansive area to grow pumpkins. I’ve grown the variety for the last several years and it has become one of my favorite things to grow because of its dependable production. My garden area isn’t huge and my husband and … Continue reading

Cold-hardy Kale


Do you miss gardening when the cold wind starts blowing bringing winter along with it? I’ve been growing a garden to feed my family for the last 15 years or so and every fall I’m glad for the weeding, harvesting, and preserving to be over till next summer. But my happiness only lasts so long. … Continue reading

Fresh sprouts – from the great outdoors


In my fall-planting frenzy I am already seeing spouts coming up from radish seeds and beet seeds planted barely two weeks ago. And I have an unexpectedly bountiful crop of fresh salad sprouts into the bargain. No need for jars, screens, careful rinsing, and all the work that might go into kitchen-raised sprouts.   My … Continue reading

The Fall Garden – I’m Sold!


Less than two weeks ago I blogged that it was time to get seeds in the ground for a fall-winter garden. Armed with some fresh seeds and new plant labels from Sow True, I planted away; my husband had worked up the soil a bit by removing summer’s spent vegetation and turning over the ground … Continue reading

Field Trip to Lettuce Land


After tending my slow-bolt lettuces in containers this spring and summer – a successful experiment – I recently ventured far from my North Carolina home to visit farmer friends in Upstate New York. I learned some tips from the professionals and want to share the news.     First, these farmers are lucky enough to live … Continue reading

Blast Off Today for a Great Fall Garden

Posted: October 23, 2017

After this summer’s success growing edibles in containers I’m approaching fall as a whole new productive season. I did well from spring through late summer with Sow True Seeds’ Parris Island slo-bolt lettuce, Buttercrunch slo-bolt lettuce, Roman chamomile, dwarf sunflowers, hot peppers, basil and even eggplants. Out in the yard I had great results with … Continue reading

Starting lettuce from seed

Posted: August 14, 2017

Because I encourage everyone to grow at least some of their own food, regardless of whether or not they have a yard, I thought it would be fun to grow some lettuce in a pot on my back deck this year, and I chose buttercrunch, which is one of my favorite lettuces. I planted the … Continue reading

Brown Marmorated Squash Bug Garden Pest - young adult stage

Bug Watch: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Posted: August 10, 2017

First, there are a lot of different stink bugs out there and not all of them will damage your crops. In fact, some of them are beneficial predators in the garden. This article highlights one of those stink bugs: the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halymorpha halys). This guy is an invasive pest that causes damage to a … Continue reading

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