After planting in the greenhouse last fall I have four good pictures for you on seed saving for cabbage family plants. The three plants show the three stages of seed development from flower to seedpod and the drop of the pod. If you have a good long season and plant early you can best do […]
Growing grapes is easy, that is if you get started. At my retreat I had envisioned the legal limit for a homeowner of a ¼ acre. Unfortunately I was overwhelmed with projects, but the deer and birds had a good treat. Many of these vines are still growing. .My desire to make my own wines […]
Wild animals are not dumb, just hungry – all the time. Why chew on an old root when delicious, soft, tender, and tasty vegetables await in a walk through paradise? People have been growing food for thousands of years and battling the wild animals that want that food. They attack from underground, above ground, and […]
Since I move like a turtle in my late years it will probably be next late spring before I get phase II of my new system of gardening. Preliminary observations with the tomatoes and peppers revealed considerable information vs.: one bed that remained un-watered. The first bed was left to weeds watered by infrequent rains. […]
The current worldwide water shortage, i.e.: Mississippi River drying up, that threatens potable water for a number of cities is but one small example of what is going on in the world. No matter if you want to take a political model of thinking and say it is man made or not, all the rhetoric […]
I have spent 25 or so years puttering along with watering the vegetable garden. All of this time was spent teaching me Mother Nature’s intent of the interaction about the needs of plants and modern technology. Essentially this will be a long article with pictures to introduce you to use less water for a better […]
Last October 2010 we discussed the weather pattern predictions for where we are right now at the beginning of February 2011. The Woolly Worm predictions so far have failed miserably and the Science corner was right in predicting a warm winter. However, February and early March are snow months.
One of my neighbors within a mile had a complete potato failure. His potato experience has been over 50 years and depends upon potatoes as a mainstay in his diet. His ¼ acre crop just did not grow. Why? Another neighbor higher up the hill with even better experience who grows commercially had a failed […]