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Winter Blooms 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 January 2018 13:38

The NJ version of FROZEN outside here, January 5-7. However, indoors there are a few flowers blooming. Dragon's Ear Begonia, Christmas Cactus and Rosemary flowers. Enjoy.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 January 2018 13:49
November 2017 in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 November 2017 14:00
Here's one of the latest harvests:

Now that fall is here, the garden is closed down but there are still some herbs that can be grown inside to spice up your menu. Some herbs are better than others for winter indoor growing. Basil is an herb that needs direct sunlight. Grown inside it becomes leggy and the leaves don't have as much color or taste. It would probably work with a grow light, but like tomatoes it really seems to need the full spectrum of sunlight and heat.

Rosemary is an herb that starts to resemble a small bush as it grows larger. It does well in the full sun of a window. The leaves are like pine needles which may be why they retain their color and fragrance even when grown inside. When the plant puts out pretty little lavender/blue flowers it looks like a small flowering bush. It's a good choice for garnishing chicken, beef, lamb or fish. Adding a sprig of rosemary to a bottle of olive oil will lend the flavor of the rosemary to the oil over time.

Chives seem to grow well just about anywhere. They are a good choice to grow in a sunny kitchen window. They can be picked to add to foods as a garnish when you don't want to use onions. They are milder and add some green color to eggs, salads and vegetables.

Sage is another candidate for growing inside, but it needs the strongest sun you can find. The leaves are pebble textured and need to be trimmed to keep the plant healthy or the plant can grow leggy. Make sure not to over water it. Sage works well with pork, chicken, stuffing and as an antibacterial tea with honey.

These are few of the herbs that can be grown inside in the winter. The benefits of growing herbs inside include freshness, flavor and being organically grown because you don't have to fight with the usual pests in the winter. A sunny window, soil, nutrient and water are all you need to get started.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 November 2017 14:08
Autumn 2017 in the garden PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 10:52
Harvest Time

October is almost over but the temperatures are still in the upper 60's. It's fine because it is more time for tomatoes, peppers, etc. to ripen. This year got off to a late start due to cold, rainy weather in May and June. Chinese cabbage, cherry tomatoes and basil were the best producers this year. Here are some season end photos.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 11:00
Earth Abides PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:21

Maybe the earth will forgive us if we mend our ways.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 September 2017 10:20
Late Summer 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 September 2017 09:37
Ahhh. The summer always goes too fast. Here it is, September and cooler weather already! This is the container garden and just about every square inch has been utilized. Hopefully, it will stay temperate until the end of October!

Last Updated on Monday, 11 September 2017 09:43
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