At this moment, I am sipping my iced espresso and enjoying my air conditioning. Like most of the country we are riding out a heat wave. Gardening work is usually done in the morning and the evening when the temperatures are a little cooler. I was too busy with personal projects to do much with […]
My blogging has been a little sparse due to some recent big personal changes. I’ll be posting more about that later. It’s been a great summer filled with unusual, moderate temperatures and cool evenings. That was until recently. The past few weeks have been filled with temperatures in the high 90’s and low 100’s. The […]
I hoped everyone enjoyed their extra hour of sleep this morning. This Saturday I worked hard in the neglected backyard. Spent plants were removed and leeks,onions, garlic and violas were planted. I finally got around to turning the makeshift compost bin. I have been using an old dog crate. Despite my laziness at turning the […]
The backyard garden is filled with lots of new flowers. I have a mix of my old favorites such as viola, calendula, nasturtiums, and nicotiana. I’m also happy to report a few vegetables are starting to flower like my summer squash, tomatoes, and tomatillos. I especially like the tomatillo flowers which are yellow with green […]
The lemons on my little Meyer Lemon tree are turning yellow. In a few more weeks I’ll be able to harvest them. I was going to try my hand at making Limoncello this winter. But I tend to use my lemons and my vodka up before I get a chance.
Prior to this year, I did not have a lot of exposure to winter squash. My experience was limited to canned pumpkin for Thanksgiving. I never thought to plant any because I assumed they would go to waste. But that was before I was given a few Sweet Dumpling Seeds. I couldn’t resist the temptation […]
After we constructed the Earth Trainer for our tomatoes, I was left with half of a storage container. I thought it was best not to waste it and I turned it into a bed for my cucumbers. I placed it next to my raised bed and used one of my old tomato cages as a […]
I have a confession, last year’s tomato crop was horrible. It was terrible. The combination of putting underdeveloped seedlings out too early, not providing them the right nutrients, and erratic weather patterns resulted in a pathetic amount of tomatoes. This year I vowed it would be different. I have been doing the following and it […]