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Leggy Plants

My sprouted seeds have legs and that’s not a good thing.  Apparently leggy seedlings mean they’re growing long legs in an attempt to find quality sunlight. Fortunately, it’s a lesson I’ve learned early in the season so I can go back to the drawing board early enough and still have veggies this year. Growing from… Read More

Too Much

The recurring theme this growing season is “too much.” I sowed too many seeds and too close together. My organic garden is a jungle. The cucumber and squash won’t stop growing. They’ve overshadowed everything in their path. Aside from aggressively growing squash and cucumber, my tomato plants are taking off also. Actually, all of my… Read More

Garden Growth

Things seem to be going well with my garden, sort of. The challenge I’m facing is too many plants growing too closely together. I know it’s my fault for putting too many seeds in the ground. I wasn’t sure all of the seeds would germinate so tried to help the odds by putting in a… Read More


In earlier posts I shared how I made a raised bed vegetable garden. Fortunately, I used cedar wood for the garden. On the outside of the garden fence I placed smaller pressure treated wood boxes to grow flowers. 9 Boxes to be exact. The flowers serve a two-fold purpose; they make the garden look nice… Read More


My last post showed how I put together the raised bed vegetable garden. This post will talk about how I’m attempting to keep critters out of the garden and what I did with the spaces between the garden beds. Keeping Critters out of the Garden I want to start off by saying that if a… Read More

Raised Garden Bed

A few years ago I documented my attempts, failures and successes with container gardening. The one challenge I had with container gardening was that I wanted to grow many more vegetables than my containers could hold. The containers worked wonderfully, but my deck provided limited space. I always said that one day I would put on… Read More


I think I’m learning more about my sprayer than I wanted to learn. The other day I decided to give my new Chapin sprayer a spin. I use it for foliar spraying my plants and vegetables with bokashi tea. Part of the tea preparation includes adding molasses which feeds bokashi’s beneficial bacteria. I sometimes add water… Read More


It’s been awhile since I’ve added any new posts to this blog, but with the purchase of my new garden sprayer I’m inspired to write. You see, I just purchased a stainless steel garden sprayer. Why? Well, because I got tired of wasting money on the annual purchase of a new garden sprayer only to… Read More


I Love This Time of Year!


As I was evaluating my container garden this year, I couldn’t help but snap a photo of my early strawberries. These are the very same strawberries I almost tossed in the compost pile (thanks Crystal and her SIL for talking me down). There was also another surprise. For seasoned gardeners, this isn’t a big deal… Read More


My container garden taught me several valuable lessons this summer: Indeterminate cherry tomatoes grow like monsters and cannot be contained by tomato cages. Collard greens grow beautifully in containers and so do basil, tomatoes, lemongrass, spearmint, mesclun mix, dill, mustard greens, jalapenos, cayenne, tarragon, radish and string beans. I think cabbage grows well in containers… Read More


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