Category Archives: Square Foot Gardening

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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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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Hello, My Name Is…

This year will be my fifth year as an urban food grower.  It will also be my fifth attempt to create plant markers that are still legible at the end of a growing season.  With 52 varieties of annuals planned … 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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December Morning on the (Urban) Farm

Some keep the Sabbath going to the Church I keep it, staying at Home With a Bobolink for a Chorister And an Orchard, for a Dome Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice I just wear my Wings And instead of … Continue reading

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Store Bought Reboot – Regrowing Veggies

Here at NearlyHomeGrown, food scraps usually end up being frozen for future vegetable and/or chicken stocks or composted to feed the next generation of growing food.  But I have been interested in the regrowing veggies craze and finally had the … Continue reading

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Quest For Fire

My tomatoes were troopers this year holding onto green romas, blue beauties and red delicious globes into early November, but I gave up and pulled the remainders two weeks ago just so I could begin cleaning the beds and preparing … Continue reading

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To Buy or Not To Buy, That is the Question (Dal Fry)

Each year between September and January the question of “what to grow” must be asked and answered by growers everywhere.  This is the time of year when seeds are carefully saved, seed catalogs are perused and garden plans begin to … Continue reading

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Variations On A Theme – Potato Leek Soup

My favorite recipes are the ones that resemble a good canvas – a delicious backdrop that can be accentuated and modified by what is in season and/or on hand.  Having just finished a post about an overabundance of serrano peppers, … Continue reading

Posted in Backyard Gardening, Chiles, Chili Peppers, Food Preparation, Herbs, Leek, Potato, Potato Leek Soup, Raised Bed Gardening, Recipe, Red Peppers, Serrano Peppers, Soups, Spice, Square Foot Gardening, Thrift, Urban Farming | 1 Comment

Fall Cleaning

Unlike houses that only gently admonish us once a year with the expression “Spring Cleaning”, gardens ask that twice a year we get down and dirty and work until our backs and legs are singing to bring a temporary order … Continue reading

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