The Growing Season Begins

Started Seedlings We've been bombarded with snow storms every week for the last three weeks and still have plenty of snow on the ground as a result.  The temperature dropped back to winter levels again after a warm stretch in February.  But it's time to start germinating seeds for a new season, especially those that... Continue Reading →

Growing Tomatoes

The Trellis Experiment I know it's the middle of January but I also know that plant and seed catalogs start pouring in.  Many of us comb through them and get that gardening itch.  Like it or not, winter is a time to think about the next planting season, at least for me anyway.  Looking back... Continue Reading →

Tomatoes And Chili Peppers

Time To Start Seedlings Tomatoes and chili peppers are a staple in our vegetable garden.  We love trying new kinds of tomatoes for both color and taste.  Once we find the one we like we cull seeds to grow the year after.  Four kinds of tomato we have been growing every year because they have a... Continue Reading →

A Good Year For Tomato

Slow To Start But Good At The End The growing season started late this year because winter seemed to last forever.  Vegetables that need warmer temperatures like tomatoes and peppers grew slowly at the beginning.  I started to germinate the seeds in March but couldn’t put anything in the ground until May.  Once in the ground, they... Continue Reading →

City Tomato

A Will To Live I snapped this photo while I was on a lunch break.  A healthy tomato squeezing up from a crack in the sidewalk, between a drain pipe and a building.  It's over a foot tall now so it's been there for while. Who said a tomato plant is fussy and difficult to... Continue Reading →

Started Seedlings

Adapting To A Long Winter I usually start seedlings of any plants that need longer time to mature in the house not long before I can plant them outside: Chili pepper, tomato, Bitter melon, Moonflower and a few more. I put them right in their permanent spots in the garden when they have developed their... Continue Reading →

Vegetable Garden

Summer Vegetables Our vegetable garden this year is very different from last year.  We had a lot of cherry tomatoes last year from seeds that sprouted up in compost I used.  There are not many of them this year as I've pulled the sprouts out early before my guilt set in.  I just can't bring... Continue Reading →

Vegetable Seedlings

Seedlings In The House I promised myself to be tougher with self-sown seedlings this year.  Last year we returned from vacation to discover plenty of tomato seedlings in the vegetable garden.  They were very healthy too, so I dug some up and either gave them to colleagues or replanted them in my neighbor’s garden.  I... Continue Reading →

An Invasion of Cherry Tomatoes

Too Much of A Good Thing I have promised myself I'll pull out the self-sown seedlings in the vegetable garden in the next round, some of which will be thrown back in the compost pile and some replanted in a more manageable space.   I use compost extensively in both flower and vegetable gardens and that's... Continue Reading →

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