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Square-Foot Garden in Milk Crates!

Square-Foot Garden in Milk Crates!

In 1976, Mel Barthomew introduced us to his method of gardening:intensive, space saving, raised bed, no weeding in one square foot! Since then many gardeners have embraced the method and tweaked it to their own area. A great option is to reuse milk crates as the...

Successful Seed Starting – What to Plant and When

Direct seeding or transplanting by soil temperature is much more dependable than a date or counting back from the ‘frost free’ date in your area. Published ‘frost free dates’ are based on the average last (or first) date that the temperature is expected to fall below...

The Fuss About Frost Dates

Many seed packets say to wait until “all danger of frost has past” before you plant. It’s hard to know when there will be a frost or when the last frost has happened for any given year. Don’t rely entirely on “frost-free” dates that are published by the USDA. The USDA...

Seed Sowing by Soil Temperature

Seeds react to the soil and water that they are in contact with, not the air above the soil. Just like people, some seeds like it cold, some like it hot. Some like to hide in the dark, some prefer to bask in the light. All seeds have a preference. To be successful...
Direct Seeded Flowers

Direct Seeded Flowers

Some flowers just do better when their seeds are planted in the garden. It may be that they develop a root system that doesn’t transplant well or that they need the soil to be a certain temperature to germinate. There are also flowers that people like to plant a lot...
Come away, and play in the garden with me!

Come away, and play in the garden with me!

…. It was 30 years ago this year …. he had spent the previous spring helping Uncle Gubby in the greenhouse and playing in the garden with me. Now he wanted to have a garden of his own! He made that declaration in the fall, and I truly didn’t think this new interest of...
Welcome Winter Solstice!

Welcome Winter Solstice!

As far back as recorded history goes, people have been planning their lives around the solar and lunar seasons. As farmers and gardeners, we depend on a ‘calendar’ based on years of experience and shared knowledge. Knowing when to till, plant, fertilize, harvest isn’t...
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