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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
You can grow a salad PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 August 2017 10:41

Urban gardening is perfect for growing salad ingredients. Space is usually limited in a city garden so you won't be growing corn or other veggies that take up a lot of space. Since the growing season in the Northeast seems to be getting longer (weather is temperate usually until late October), you can take advantage of this and enjoy fresh salad foods for a longer period of time. As the weather cools, you will find that lettuce, peas and radishes thrive again and one can start a second growing season inside. After the summer heat has passed, the seedlings can be moved outside again. Try switching from summer vegetables like tomatoes and peppers to root vegetables like radishes and beets. Kale and chard do very well in the cool weather right into the cold weather.

    Some types of cherry tomatoes to try in a patio pot or raised bed:
  • Sun Sugar
  • Sun Gold
  • Sugar Snack
  • Super Sweet 100
  • Sweet 100
  • Heirloom Cherry
  • Golden Harvest
    Here are a few suitable lettuce types for urban gardening:
  • Red Sails
  • Black Seeded Simpson
  • Mesclun Mix

These varieties do well in raised bed boxes as well as window or patio pots. They are loose leaf and don't grow into "heads", so they are easier to cultivate.

    Don't forget the smaller variety of peppers that can be grown in pots:
  • Cubanelle
  • Cayenne
  • Sweet Red Cherry Pepper

Herbs can be grown on a balcony or windowsill. Try planting Chives for an easy onion-like flavor. Basil is easy to grow in pots and makes a great garnish for fresh tomato with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Parsley is full of vitamins and adds zip as a garnish or salad ingredient. Cilantro can be used in salads or mixed into salsa for Mexican flavor.

    Since these vegetables and herbs are going to be grown in container gardens remember:
  • Don't let the soil dry out, the roots have nowhere to get water but from you
  • Fertilize regularly. Make your own from coffee grounds, eggshells, etc.
  • Keep an eye out for pests. It's easier to nip things in the bud than to treat an infestation of pests or diseases like fungus.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 August 2017 11:21
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