One day your zucchini, cucumber, squash or melons are looking glorious and healthy, and then next day one of them just dies. Flat as a pancake. Wilted, limp, and no heartbeat. What the heck just happened? The culprit is –not squash vine borer, like you thought–but bacterial wilt. Yep, bacterial wilt. So learn […]
Did you know there are two different tarragons? One is Russian Tarragon and the other is French Tarragon. The later is used in cooking. So what is Russian Tarragon and why haven’t you heard much about it? Probably because Russian Tarragon is viewed as the ugly stepsister to the Cinderella French Tarragon. However, I beg […]
Summer just started but believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about fall vegetable gardening. I live in zone 6 with a frost date of October 10. If I have any hope of a fall garden, I have to start some of my seeds in June or July! See why below […]
Are you an avid food label reader? How about reading the labels of your favorite vegetable fertilizer? You should be. I am avid organic gardener but was shocked that The National Organic Program, which regulates organic farming, permits certain ingredients in organic fertilizers. Listed below are the ingredients in question.
Every year I hear gardening friends lament about how “someone” ate their strawberries. Or that someone’s friend devoured their seedlings. There are lots of someones in the land of gardening who find what you grow to be quite yummy. So, I resort to row covers to help me keep those “someones” at bay. If I […]
Don’t you hate when you can’t grow a certain vegetable no matter how you try? And then one day, it magically grows? Well, welcome to my life with celery. Germination is a b*tch. Some years we had a great relationship and others years it was spotty. This on and off again relationship was haunting me. […]
Growing plants from seeds indoors is such a win win to create a bountiful harvest. I am in zone 6 and we have unpredictable weather from cold wet springs to really dry summers. If I want to grow a descent harvest, then I have to grow seeds indoors to take advantage of that perfect window […]
Have you ever dreamed of growing your own food but the thought scares you to death? You are not alone. One of my readers recently asked me if I could suggest the three easiest vegetables to grow. Only three? Oh boy. That’s a tall order.