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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

How to Make Tomato Wine from Homegrown Tomatoes

Posted: August 2, 2017

A wild way to use extra tomatoes! Sometime late this summer you may be confronted with surplus tomatoes. Not only have all your tomato plants borne fruit – nice, juicy, delicious, nutritious fruit – but friends and neighbors will be handing you whole bags full as well. When that happened to me two years ago … Continue reading

Growing lettuce in the garden

Posted: July 19, 2017

I’ve been gardening for practically my whole life. I started out helping in my parents’ garden and graduated to my own once I was married with a family of my own. In every garden I’ve ever participated in lettuce has been grown in early spring, but after this growing season I will never think of … Continue reading

Adult squash bug laying golden yellow squash bug eggs - garden pests

Bug Watch: Squash Bugs

Posted: July 13, 2017

Squash bugs (Anasa tristis) These bugs can have explosive and multiple population growth throughout the summer and prey upon plants in the Cucurbit family. The inject their long proboscis into the stem, leaves and fruit of the plant, causing local necrosis and eventual death of the plant. The eggs are golden to yellowish to reddish … Continue reading

Growing garlic provides soil conditioning help

Posted: June 30, 2017

Growing garlic provides soil conditioning help. If garlic weren’t already such a great plant – good for human health, good for garden health, pretty, hardy, and easy to grow – it turns out that garlic can provide some soil conditioning as it matures in the ground. My garden has a high degree of heavy clay … Continue reading

You can’t miss with borage

Posted: June 13, 2017

Sometimes there’s a plant or seed that’s so foolproof it’s perfect for beginning gardeners – a confidence booster – and yet so lovely that even accomplished gardeners include it in their landscape plans. That would be borage, a soft, fuzzy herb with beautiful bright-blue, star-shaped flowers that hang in clusters. Borage is listed as an … Continue reading

For the Love of Beets

Posted: June 7, 2017

I’ve been growing Detroit Dark Red Beets for over ten years. Each spring, I am still amazed by their hardiness and how good they taste after a long winter. I did not grow up in a home where beets were grown or even eaten for that matter. It was only after I was a mother … Continue reading

Trying lettuce in containers


With garden space really crunched this summer, I have been trying something new: growing lettuces in shallow decorative containers….on my patio. This has been a great experiment because it got me to slow down, concentrate on each seed, and tend the pots carefully. Not that much trouble really, as weeding is a non-issue and the … Continue reading

Starting Peppers and Eggplants from Seed

Posted: February 23, 2017

Peppers (both hot and sweet) and Eggplants are two crops from the Solanaceae family that have similar seed starting characteristics and are generally started around the same time. They are both frost sensitive annuals which require a fairly long and hot growing season. For this reason, they are starting indoors under controlled conditions and then … Continue reading

June Gardening Flea Beatle Damage On Eggplants for Summer Planting

June in the Garden

Posted: June 7, 2016

The changing seasons are always bittersweet for me and so are the progressions of my garden throughout the year. Now that the warming temperatures of June are here, the greens that I enjoyed in early spring are beginning to bolt and become bitter. It is with mixed feelings that I rip those plants out to … Continue reading

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