Category: Kitchen Garden

Using Beneficial Nematodes in Your Garden

Using Beneficial Nematodes in Your Garden

As Mr. President often says when something’s a challenge, “If it was easy, everyone would do it!” I feel this way sometimes about organic gardening. I know why some people resort to using chemicals in their garden. It’s not easy to maintain plant health and keep pests at bay the natural way. But, the rewards […]

July 21, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Wanted Dead: Three-Lined Potato Beetle

Wanted Dead: Three-Lined Potato Beetle

Every year, I learn many new things about nature in my garden. I also discover “new” garden pests that I have to control without nasty chemicals or killing the beneficial insects in my garden. During the summer months, this effort is ongoing. I’ve already started battling aphids and I know the Japanese beetles are on […]

June 9, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Lean On Me: Tomato Supports

Lean On Me: Tomato Supports

Ah…the taste of a summer tomato. Does anything else compare to plucking one of these beauties and snacking on it, still warm from the sun? I used to do this when I was a kid, and I still do it today. There is supreme gratification in growing these summer treats yourself. Choosing the right types […]

June 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Time for Tomatoes! Tomato Season Kick-Off

Time for Tomatoes! Tomato Season Kick-Off

Ever since the dead of March when I started these itty-bitty seeds in my dreary basement, I’ve had visions of overflowing garden hods full of colorful, luscious tomatoes. And now my dreams are closer to becoming reality because it’s time to get my rather large seedlings in the ground! Tomatoes are one of my favorite […]

May 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
How to Harden Off Seedlings

How to Harden Off Seedlings

From the moment one of my vegetable seeds cracks open to reveal that brand-spankin’-new bright green stem, I am in love. The seedlings I grow in my basement are like family – family that gives back in the form of food. These seedlings are coddled for weeks in the best environment I can create in […]

April 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Plant Once, Eat for Decades: Planting Asparagus

Plant Once, Eat for Decades: Planting Asparagus

There’s this thing that I want really, really badly: it’s called “passive income.” Basically, it means that after you do a good deal of work to set up your income stream, the money just rolls in forever while you sit near an infinity edge pool in the Maldives and a dude wearing a loincloth feeds […]

April 7, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Pre-Sprouting Peas

Pre-Sprouting Peas

If I was a conventional sort of gal (or gardener) I would have already planted my peas. They say that St. Patrick’s Day is the day to plant peas in the garden. My very first year, I did just that and well, it wasn’t good. Just like my tomatoes that first year, my pea harvest was […]

March 24, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Tips for Crop Rotation

Tips for Crop Rotation

In the winter evenings before I planted the Tomato Envy garden for the very first time, I could commonly be found sitting on our sofa, with my laptop, planning the layout in each of my eight raised beds. My husband thought he’d lost me for good in all my garden planning obsession. But, there was […]

March 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Preparing Vegetable Garden Beds for Spring

Preparing Vegetable Garden Beds for Spring

I have a confession to make. Although I love gardening and cherish the time I get to spend in my happy place, by the time late fall is approaching, I’m usually so over it. I used to worry that feeling this way meant that I was losing my love of gardening. Now, I know that’s […]

March 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
Starting Seeds for Homegrown Vegetables

Starting Seeds for Homegrown Vegetables

Well, it’s that time again! Even though we just got another load of the white stuff over the past couple of days, it’s time to kick off my vegetable garden indoors. There are many reasons why I choose to grow my vegetables from seed. One of the top reasons is that it’s a wondrous miracle […]

March 8, 2015 | By | Reply More