Seed starting time is just around the corner. Gardeners prepare by gathering seed starting supplies: Containers – some purchased; some recycled (egg cartons, take out containers, etc.) Water-holding trays to put under containers Seed starting potting mix Shelves set up with lights on adjustable chains Seeds, of course! Before we plant seeds of our favorite… Continue reading Planting Seeds vs. Transplants – Which is better?
2017 has been named the Year of the Brassica by the National Garden Bureau. The genera Brassica reminds me of a family I know with thirteen children. How do they keep track of them all? When I started brushing up on the Brassica family, I realized I had forgotten about a couple of its children.… Continue reading 2017 is the Year of the Brassica
Plants are wacky and wild and cool. I love every one. How about you? Let’s look at begonias and okra and spruce. These would have been favorites of our Dr. Seuss. Some plants have buds fuzzy and fun. Some plants have pods that are second to none. Some plants have branches spiraling out of control.… Continue reading Plants Dr. Seuss Would Love
Happy National Strawberry Day! Strawberries deserve a day, don’t you think? They are sweet and yummy and full of Vitamin C and manganese. They are rich in antioxidants and have a relatively low glycemic index. Eating strawberries may improve heart health and help prevent cancer. I planted strawberries and peas together in a large pot… Continue reading Plant a Pot of Peas & Strawberries
The first bulbs to bloom in my garden are snowdrops. They started blooming earlier this year than I can ever remember – February 10th in my garden – as a result of several unseasonably warm days. Unlike Puxsutawney Phil who prognosticated six more weeks of winter and went back to sleep, snowdrops took a leap… Continue reading Snowdrops are blooming!