Tag: gardening

Common rose pests: controlling them naturally

Common rose pests: controlling them naturally

Roses are perhaps the most beloved of ornamental garden plants. Easy-to-grow hybrid roses such as the popular Knock Out rose has made it possible for even beginning gardeners to enjoy roses in the landscape. Even so, several common rose pests can make keeping plants healthy long enough to be rewarded by the fragrant and showy […]

May 25, 2018 | By | More
Gardening for year-round interest

Gardening for year-round interest

People who know I’m a gardener are usually surprised when they find out that autumn, not summer, is my favorite season. Sure, spring brings new life and summer brings an embarrassment of riches with both food and vibrant color. But fall…the air is clean and crisp and the sometimes gaudy colors of summer give way […]

November 13, 2017 | By | More
Growing and harvesting your own dried beans

Growing and harvesting your own dried beans

Every year at this time as I walk through my overgrown vegetable garden, I question my sanity. My spring self gets overzealous about planting time and I overdo it, screwing royally my summer self. My garden doesn’t look good, and I struggle to keep up with the harvest. Once I finally harvest, the next project of making sure […]

August 18, 2017 | By | More
Your garden, your story

Your garden, your story

When I go on vacation, I usually return home with fewer than a dozen photos. It’s not that I don’t like photos, it’s that in the moment, I’m too busy enjoying the experience to be bothered by snapping photos. If I’m standing barefoot in the wet, cold sand of Pfeiffer Beach in January and the […]

June 17, 2017 | By | More
10 Fall Crops to Grow Now

10 Fall Crops to Grow Now

I have mixed feelings about late summer. I wait all winter for spring because I love getting my hands in the soil and harvesting the first fresh food of the year. All summer, I work constantly to keep up with harvesting food, cooking  or preserving it and making sure it doesn’t go to waste. Now as […]

August 26, 2016 | By | More
The Perfect Lawn and Why You Should Ditch It

The Perfect Lawn and Why You Should Ditch It

Walking Lucy the other day was an exercise in patience at a time when I had little. I was on the first week of my new job where I am very fortunate to work right at home. During my lunch break, I wanted to enjoy at least some outdoor time with my girl, but I […]

June 14, 2016 | By | More
Can Growing Food Save You Money?

Can Growing Food Save You Money?

During the spring of 2014, my first year with the Tomato Envy garden, one of our most successful crops was lettuce. A crisp organically-grown green salad was part of almost every dinner. The Prez joked that every one of those salads cost about $50. Being in the banking business, he’s always pulling out the calculator to […]

January 12, 2016 | By | More
2015 Vegetable Garden Lessons Learned

2015 Vegetable Garden Lessons Learned

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow! This sentiment rings true in the Tomato Envy garden since our yard gets closer each year to being the edible landscape I envisioned long ago. I’ve dreamed, visualized, planned and planted to get where I am today, but there are always new garden lessons to be […]

October 21, 2015 | By | More
Tons of Tomatoes!

Tons of Tomatoes!

Tomato season is well underway! How are your plants doing…lots of tomatoes? Me too. Here’s an update on what’s going on in the Tomato Envy garden, specifically with tomatoes. I really want you guys to gander a guess at how many tomatoes, total, I’m going to harvest through September 30, 2015. My annual Guess My […]

August 26, 2015 | By | More
Tips for Curing and Storing Garlic

Tips for Curing and Storing Garlic

In addition to my fun gig creating Tomato Envy in my spare time, I have a “day job” that demands a lot of my time and energy. I work for a medical device company on Long Island and I travel there often to work with my marketing colleagues in the office. Having grown up in the heart of the […]

August 4, 2015 | By | More