Category Archives: My SFG
To say I’m busy is an understatement–I almost have more posts than I have days and time! That’s good, it just means I’m a little behind and always have 14 drafts waiting. Here is how my garden has been doing: These are my vegetables I started from seed. These pics were taken at the end of March. I’m also trying to grow some perennial flowers from seed to put in my front garden bed. This is what they looked like at the end of March. At this stage and size, it’s time to thin. I plant 2-3 seeds in each … Continue reading
I’m very proud of myself for actually getting my seeds started on time! Last year I was so busy, I ended up just buying all my plants. But it was EXPENSIVE! So here’s my setup. All the plants in round pots are for my veggie garden, and the square ones are flowers for the front garden bed. I’m starting kale, collard greens (my new experiments), tomatoes, peppers, and some herbs. I was AMAZED because I planted these on Thursday, and nearly half had sprouted by the following Tuesday. All my tomatoes are up, as are the cabbage family. The peppers … Continue reading
I was thrilled to be contacted by a representative of Brighter Blooms Nursery with an offer to try some of their products. They mostly offer landscaping items (trees, bushes, perennials, and vines), but it just so happens that I’m planning a huge redo of my front flower bed. Up until now it has graciously served as a spot for “ornamental squash.” That means I grew all my pumpkins, zucchini, and winter squash there. So it was perfect timing, to say the least! My flower bed is on the north side of my home. So it gets direct sunlight when the … Continue reading
After a beautiful warm day that melted all the snow outside, I got really motivated to get planting! I’m in the Green group, and I can plant peas outside next week. So, I made my plan, wrote my list, and went shopping! I’m up to my ears in seeds and compost, and soon will be ready to head outside. I’m planning on doing some “inter-cropping” by planting quick growing veggies where my tomatoes will grow. Radishes harvest in as few as 25 days, and beets take only 8 weeks. Since my beets will be planted 5 weeks before the tomatoes, … Continue reading
This season I grew and stored 5 “legs” of onions the first week of September. I used the last of them the first week of January. That means I used only home-grown onions for 4 months! The method of tying them in nylon stockings really worked–only about 2 sprouted and 2 went bad. But those were not able to infect the other onions, so I feel like I maximized my harvest. Happy gardening!
Let me just start out by saying, I know many of you will think I’m crazy. I’m not writing about this to give or get advice, to open up a controversial topic, or anything like that. But my family has been making some changes in the way we eat, which I know will change the way I garden. It has opened up a new world of eating vegetables, and so I am excited to share more about growing and eating things I would never have considered even a year ago. Eating a Paleo Diet For the past two months we … Continue reading
Here’s what I received this Christmas: Cuisinart Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor My mom thought I needed a Cuisinart, and I had a list of objections: 1. One more appliance. My cupboards and counters are full of kitchen helps, and I didn’t feel I had room for more. I’ve gotten along just fine without it, so do I really “need” it? 2. Overkill. I have a little food chopper that has been doing a great job for many years, and I didn’t think I needed something “bigger and better”. 3. Lid. It seems like the lid to the Cuisinart ends … Continue reading
I have been dreaming of a green Christmas–one where I can go outside and harvest lettuce and spinach. This gift would make that dream come true! I’m pretty sure it would fit right over several of my garden beds. The reviews are good, it might even hold up to the wind. Spring Gardener Gable Greenhouse If that didn’t work out, I’ve also considered buying or building a cold frame. This allows you to extend your harvest in the fall and spring–I might even be able to keep some things growing all winter. The weather here is cold, but there’s often … Continue reading
I heard or read somewhere (it might have been a comment on this site), that you can store onions by putting them in nylon stockings and tying a knot between each one. This gives them plenty of airflow so they won’t get moldy, and separates them so if one goes bad it doesn’t spread. So, I tried it: Here you see 5 “legs” of onions (queen size). I harvested 25 pounds of onions, so I figure each leg is about 5 pounds. I cut the pair in two right up the middle, dropped in an onion, worked it to the … Continue reading
I cut back to watering my tomatoes only once a week, and can you believe it–they started to ripen. We also had a long stretch of hot weather, and it’s already a month later than usual, so I don’t know if the watering was the magic or not. Here is my haul–peppers (New Mexico Big Jim’s, bell, and jalapeno), zucchini, tomatoes, and cucumbers. I pretty regularly pick one or two cucumbers a week, but these are ALL the tomatoes and peppers I’ve gotten so far. Pretty soon I’ll have enough for fresh salsa! Happy gardening!