Spider Mites Oh My! New Video…

I cannot believe July is almost over and I haven't posted anything since June. I think that is a true sign of being in the throws of the doggiest days of summer. Several of my vegetable plants called it quits while others are just getting started and others are trucking along just fine. I still … Continue reading Spider Mites Oh My! New Video…

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Our Garden – June 12 2019 – A Bountiful Harvest is Coming

For this week's update I decided that rather than showing you the full garden tour (see last tour here) I will show you some big highlights. Our sugar baby watermelon plant has flowers! Grow watermelons grow! A salad pot of Arugula, lettuce, and chives is sprouting what will be "cut and come again" salad! Since … Continue reading Our Garden – June 12 2019 – A Bountiful Harvest is Coming

Our Garden – May 29 2019 – Pollinating Squash And Other Updates

Welcome to my weekly update here in the garden blog. As of this morning my first female squash flower opened so I used a Qtip to manually pollinate the flower to ensure pollination and production. I also have new seedlings emerging, new transplants in failed spots, and more growth throughout. Let me show you around! … Continue reading Our Garden – May 29 2019 – Pollinating Squash And Other Updates

Our Garden – May 22 2019 – New Growth And New VIDEO

Welcome back to my humble backyard garden. Many of my plants that were sown around April 13 are growing and thriving, a few seedlings failed, new seeds were planted, purple sweet potato vines were planted (video), and I'm watering heavily to keep up with these drought conditions in zone 8b. Here's a look around. ^ … Continue reading Our Garden – May 22 2019 – New Growth And New VIDEO

Our Garden – May 15 2019 What a Difference a Month Can Make

To think most of these plants were tiny seeds one month ago (with a few exceptions) and now they are several inches tall! Planting seeds is certainly an act of faith and a powerful illustration of what small efforts can produce over time. So let's look around at the garden as of today. Sunflowers and … Continue reading Our Garden – May 15 2019 What a Difference a Month Can Make

Harvesting Potatoes, Finding “Volunteer Veggies”, Thinning, and Transplanting (5.13.19)

It's May 13, 2019 in Zone 8b and I decided my potato vine was dead enough for me to check and see what's under the soil. The think about root vegetables, especially potatoes, is that you never know what's beneath the soil. Side note: it's good to have a daily time to walk the garden … Continue reading Harvesting Potatoes, Finding “Volunteer Veggies”, Thinning, and Transplanting (5.13.19)

A Companion Planting At Play and More on the Way – May 2019

I'm a big fan of the book Carrots Love Tomatoes and refer to it multiple times throughout the growing season for companion planting ideas. Companion planting is the strategy of placing plants next to each other that tend to grow harmoniously. Some vegetable and flower plants repel bugs, others bring out an improved flavor and … Continue reading A Companion Planting At Play and More on the Way – May 2019

Our Garden – May 8 2019 Plants Are Growing and So Is…

In the last post I shared how my backyard vegetable plants were doing May 1 and now is like to share how they look one week later. I also noticed some chew holes in my Serrano Pepper plants. I wasn't sure which pest was doing the damage but today the mystery was solved. Here's a … Continue reading Our Garden – May 8 2019 Plants Are Growing and So Is…