• Growing Your Own Food – Getting Started

    September 17, 2015

    by John Stone, Smooth Decorator Living in the twenty-first century has brought us a lot of good things. The development of technology and science has extended the human life to the once unimaginable age, and we are thankful every day for spending them on Earth. However, with the development of big cities and rushing hours, […]

  • Tunnel of Cabbages

    September 5, 2015

    First of the Autumn Cabbages from the Tunnel. I harvested the biggest cabbage and was proudly showing it off to The Neighbour Lady, I handed it to her to admire, she said “Thank You” and started walking away with it. I panicked and said I was just showing it to you, she looked so disappointed, […]

  • End of the Edamame, First of the Peppers

    August 20, 2015

    Harvested the last of the Edamame last Sunday, 8/16, could have done it a few days earlier. The Peppers are starting to turn red, we start eating them while they are sill yellow or green but they are at their best when red. Still harvesting Raspberries, Pole Beans & Tomatoes. The Late Summer crop of […]

  • Drying Tomatoes on the Barbie

    August 15, 2015

    Drying tomatoes on the barbie, these are mostly the plum tomatoes from the garden, some Siberian and store bought plums also. This time I tried to keep the pieces all about the same size. I have the draft wide open and am trying to keep it around 200F, which is hotter than the last time. […]

  • 2015 Succession Planting

    August 6, 2015

    Succession planting, the replacing of a spring crop by an autumn crop has started. The Cucumbers which failed after early success and the second planting of snap peas have been replaced with Kohlrabi. This if my first time for Kohlrabi, the flavor is said to be mild, sweet, turnip-like. I have also planted a third […]

  • Fran and the Beanstalk

    July 27, 2015

    Fran picking beans.  She picks a double handful each day from two 7 foot trellises too close together. Fran also picks peas, zucchinis, peppers, tomatoes, cauliflowers, cabbages and the eggplants. I pick the raspberries and blackberries. We have had a good year so far, the only failures are the cucumbers which started well and then died […]

  • Baling Wire, Duct Tape of the Machine Age

    July 13, 2015

    On July 2nd I pruned the Raspberries, and tied up the canes to baling wire strung between two fence posts. This is the first time I have correctly pruned the Raspberries. I am a low maintenance type gardener so I had just allowed chaos to reign. The wild raspberries across the street appear to be […]

  • 1st Zucchini, Cucumber

    June 25, 2015

    I picked the first Zucchini and the first Cucumber. Harvested the remainder of the beets. Also harvested the cabbages. Getting ready for the fall Cabbages. The seeds have germinated and I will move them to the planting trays. After the seedlings poke thru the potting soil and are looking sturdy, I will put the the trays […]

  • End of Spring Raspberries

    June 18, 2015

    Now harvesting the last of the Spring crop of Prelude Raspberries. The three year old plant was the bulk of the harvest, the two year old was disappointing, and one of the two new plants did pretty good. Prelude Raspberries promise a harvest in the fall also, haven’t had a fall harvest the first two […]

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