By now your garden should be overflowing with a bounty of crops that you have been nurturing all summer long. Along with your green beans and tomatoes, there is one crop that is ready to take over! The seemingly innocent zucchini that was relatively quiet all season has now started producing so many little green monsters you’re not sure what to do. You thought you had all of them picked last night. And then, when you return to the garden, they’re back! With a vengeance! It’s Attack of the Killer Zucchinis!!!! At first, your outlook is positive and optimistic. You can make some zucchini bread and share a few with the neighbors. But the zucchini just keeps coming. Continue reading Gad Zukes! What Am I Going To Do With All These Zucchini!?!
For many of us, the crisp days of autumn mean a bounty of pumpkins for carving jack-o-lanterns or baking scrumptious pies along with the ingathering of all the other fruits of our labor. But for countless backyard gardeners, autumn is the time to ‘strut their stuff’ before the crowds that gather time again, at local or even national pumpkin growing contests, to see who has grown the most gigantic pumpkin to take home the prize. Continue reading Autumn Jack-o-Lanterns
Autumn is a wonderful time for planting in the landscape or container garden: temperatures are more moderate, soil moisture is easier to maintain, root growth increases in most trees and shrubs, it’s easier to see where empty or lacking places are than in spring and we plant tenders have caught our second wind! Spring flowering bulbs, perennials (including the classic Mum) and trees and shrubs thrive when planted in the fall. Continue reading Fall is for Planting
Foraging spring eats from beyond the garden
Odd as it may seem to the “weed police” of modern North American lawns, for hundreds of years Dandelions were – and still are -used for food and medicine throughout the world. The leaves, blooms and roots all have value in the arena of healing and nutrition. The greens and flowers are seen as gourmet, not survival foods…. the French have a Cream of Dandelion soup! Continue reading Dandelion Delights
Air Plants are funky, fun and trending right now! Air Plants (Tillandsia genus) live on air in the sense that they pull moisture and nutrients from the air through their leaves, rather than from soil. They do not possess true roots, but root-like structures that help them anchor to trees and rocks. Many have colored foliage or interesting blooms and often the leaves mature from green to red before flowering and then dying. Continue reading Air Plants…easy, artsy, fun…for every level of gardener