Getting Started Growing your Own Food

Most of this is adapted from Master Gardener Mary Demeny’s  Tips for a successful garden in our area & Starting Your Fall Garden in July talk at HUG. Easiest crops for the new gardener:  Greens, long beans, sweet potatoes, Okra.  Maybe peppers. But the last two will need a lot of sun and Okra needs a lot […]

Gardening in January

Garden ToDos: If you want to grow tomatoes from seed, you must start them now & protect them until all chances of a freeze are past.  Also, be shopping for your squash, cucumber & pepper seeds. You’ll want to start them in March.As for what else to plant, refer back to lessons learned from HUGger Mary […]

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Gardening in October

Garden ToDos: Refer back to lessons learned from HUGger Mary Demeny. But in short, it’s time to seed beets, radishes, chard, cilantro, green peas, spinach, turnips. And if you didn’t do it in August or September: dill, parsley, carrots, arugula, lettuce, leeks & onions and any brassicas.  And to add mulch again to help protect […]

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Laurel’s Garden in August

So, we still have long beans. Lots and lots of long beans. And basil. The other current producer is a cucuzzi squash. This is in the gourd family not susceptible to squash vine borers. You can pick it green or let it mature for a while as it becomes butternut-like. But too long, and you’ve […]

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Laurel’s Garden July

The garden actually looks great for July. Surprisingly, there have been few problem with insects.  The towers of long beans are lovely.  The Juliet Grape tomato is hanging in with a few tomatoes still ripening.  One Cucuzi Squash/Gourd plant covers most of the ground and a lot of fence with it’s long vines. It just […]

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Jul ’16- Start your Fall Garden in July-Aug w/ the Demenys

So, it’s always a fun & informative meeting when Mary and Roger Demeny teach us their techniques and and talk about what they are growing now and in the coming months. Mary is a Master Gardener and has been gardening for 66 years! Mary kicked it off with her seven tips for a successful garden […]

Laurel’s Garden June

So, we’ve replaced the soaker hoses in the irrigation system replaced with this dripline tubing with built in emitters every 12″ inches. An easy DIY product that reviewers say can last up to 20 years! We finished the project Memorial Day Weekend but have yet to turn it on. It would be a shame if we didn’t even […]

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Laurel’s Garden – May ’16

We are having the soaker hoses in the irrigation system replaced with dripline, so planting is on hold. We are letting the bolting winter lettuces and other greens and herbs go to seed for collection for next year. Cucumbers & a few squash have been planted. Beans, okra, peppers & eggplant starts are waiting to […]

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April '16 Home Garden

Laurel’s Garden – April ’16

The vegetable garden is in a state of transition. There are bare spots that look nearly dead, and areas of thriving greens like cilantro interlaced with old vegetables like broccoli that are ready to be pulled and/or the pods used for next years’ seeds. What we’re eating from the garden are kale, Asian cabbage, radishes, […]

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Subtropical Zone 9

The vegetable garden is doing OK considering this cold weather. The rain has helped, too. We have quite a few things growing but most of them are stunted or small, and are not making much produce. Yet the garden looks good: What we’re harvesting are small Big Bertha bell peppers, Satsumas, fennel, thyme, mint, parsley, […]