Category Archives: Raised Bed Gardening

Towering Tomatoes

The view standing next to my Hartman’s Yellow Gooseberry Tomato. The view a few steps back.  This tomato plant has already over taken the 8 foot bamboo support pole and I need a step ladder to access the top with … Continue reading

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Seeing Red (And Green)

Today’s garden science lesson:  pill bugs can produce offspring up to 3 times per year and they like strawberries.  Not all of the strawberries, of course, just a pill bug sized sampling of each. I picked berries between the intermittent … Continue reading

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I Break For Blossoms

I took a break between tending to existing plantings (pruning, mulching, thinning, tying up) and starting on seeding new plantings (cilantro, cucumber, edamame, squash and zucchini) to enjoy the blossoms that beginning to pop up around my garden. Sugar Ann … Continue reading

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Berry Delicious

First* strawberry of spring! *technically the third one to ripen, but the first one that I beat the birds to.  The strawberries are now covered enough to keep birds and squirrels out but let the pollinators in.

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A Berry Short Haircut

Last fall I had a niggle as I watched the lush, green growth of the strawberries yellow in some places and brown in other.  I made a cursory search for winterizing strawberries and fall strawberry preparation and did not find … Continue reading

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Finally Spring – Garden Update

The average last frost date for this area has come and gone and the lowest nighttime temp forecast through the end of the month is 41.  I think spring is finally here to stay! The French Breakfast Radishes are speeding … Continue reading

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Avant Garden

The single, yellowed leaf I found on one of my paste tomatoes at the end of February was actually the opening shot of a fungal tug-of-war that will likely continue for the whole of 2016’s growing season.  The Septoria Leaf … Continue reading

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Making Lemonade

Unless I take the time to carefully pluck them out, one by one, before taking a garden pic, you have probably noticed the indecent number of pine needles lurking in the background of EVERY PHOTO I TAKE! Once upon a … Continue reading

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Paradigm Shift

I sometimes forget the prevailing notions people have related to growing food.  The most common mental images seem to center around long hours of back breaking labor spent tilling, planting, hoeing and weeding. I am quickly reminded of the current … Continue reading

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Springing Ahead

After a week of travel, timezone jet lag and leaping ahead an hour, I returned home to find my spring garden well underway. The blueberries and strawberries are already in bloom and hoping the 33 degree overnight currently forecast for … Continue reading

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Batting 500

I have two spring perennials that required a 2 year latency before the first harvest: Last night I harvested my first two spears of asparagus, one each of Jersey Knight and Purple Passion. But my morel boxes… only contain mulch … Continue reading

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Getting Back On The Grid

With the spring starts happily growing indoors and awaiting the last frost date in April, today’s sunny, spring-like* weather meant getting down to the business of putting the square back in square foot gardening. I have tried a few different … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions (Then and Now)

For 2015 I set two gardening goals for myself – begin keeping a garden log and saving seed and I did pretty well on both of them.  My 2015 garden log ended the year with 8 typed pages and containing … Continue reading

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The Expat Starter Garden

A dear friend is moving south of the border to live on the shores of Lake Chapala, said to have the second best climate on earth, behind only Atenas, Costa Rica.  She wants to start a small garden there and … Continue reading

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Countdown to Garden 2016

Even before presents are unwrapped, the countdown is on with less than a month to go before indoor starts of cabbage, leeks and rosemary get going in the first part of January with peppers (hot and bell) just behind. So … Continue reading

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