Garden

Bedding Plant Success The Greek Way

Pack Of Romaine Lettuce

Almost 40 years ago I was taught how to plant bedding plants by a Greek emigrant named Simon. Back in those days, I lived in a 3rd floor walk-up apartment in Boston with less than 500 square feet for a yard. The only place for any kind of “garden” was for about 6 feet along…

Planting Late Flax For Seed

Late Planted Flax

I had flax seed left over from the flax I grew last summer. Things got busy around here and I never got the seed planted in April. At the beginning of this month I decided to broadcast the flax seed in a small garden area. I’m interested to see how far along it could get…

Planting A Fall Garden

Cabbage & Broccoli Plants

I started my “second season” garden this past week. The fall garden went in the space that used to be a rose garden. I planted cool weather crops like broccoli, cabbage and peas. In many ways a fall garden is less trouble than a main season garden. Disease and insects seem to be less of…

Hardwood Ashes Grow Tall Asparagus

Tall Asparagus

Asparagus grow tall and healthy in my garden. I think it’s because the rows of asparagus are never weeded. And because they are top dressed with up to 8” of hardwood ashes from my wood fired stoves all winter long – year in and year out. Hardwood ashes are a rich source of potassium and…

Moving A Rose Garden

Rose Garden In Early Spring

My husband and I have decided to increase the fenced area around our barn and farmyard. It’s a good idea and will make better use of the space. The only problem is that my small rose garden is in the way. So I’ve decided to dismantle the rose garden and move it somewhere else. We’ve…

Extra Homestead Income – Pussy Willow Branches

Pussy Willows & Pruners

There’s a hedge of pussy willows in my front yard. I started the hedge years ago from some cuttings my mother-in-law gave to me. The hedge supplies an almost endless supply of pussy willow branches to decorate my home and helps to bring the outdoors indoors. But my pussy willow hedge is also a seasonal…

Protecting Rare Corn From Crows

Test Plate For Early Butler Corn

Yesterday I started a germination test plate for some Early Butler corn seed that has been snoozing in my freezer for the past 2 years. Early Butler is a hard to find heritage variety of an early dent open pollinated corn that originated in Grand Valley, Pennsylvania. The corn makes wonderful corn meal and animal feed…