Author: Kat

Will There be Corn?

My corn now stands about 5 feet tall and the tassel at the top has begun to open up fully. The sticky silk dangles from the emerging ears below. It seems to be doing what it should be doing. Yet,…

Babiana in Blue

I recently found this adorable little surprise in my garden poking up from between some wild marjoram. As always with most bulbs, I had completely forgotten planting them and am always a little shocked when they appear. Having to battle…

To Bee or Not to Be

In February of 2008, Haagen-Dazs launched a campaign to bring awareness to the plight of the honeybee. Complete with an absolutely adorable website,viral video and a donation program, the company helped spread the word about the problem with Colony Collapse…

Here Comes the Sun

I always forget how quickly arugula seedlings come up. Much like lettuce, you merely blink and they are sprouting. I was checking my seedlings a few days after planting for water. I pulled them off their perch on top of…

A Steamin’ Bag of…

Yesterday when I went about starting some seeds, I noticed some fungi growing in a new bag of supposedly sterile seedling mix. I knew you could sterilize soil in the oven, so I did some Google research and came across…

The Truth About Garden Remedies

The Truth About Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why by Jeff Gillman is certainly worth keeping on your bookshelf. The book is a terrific guide in regards to “what not to do” in the garden. Examining old wives…

First Bloom

The buds of my newly planted Pink Lady apple are finally starting to open. The Pink Lady was hybridized in Australia and is a cross between a Lady Williams and a  Golden Delicious. One of the later blooming apples here,…

Companion Plant List

The image left is a list of companion plants for vegetable gardens. Click on the image to view full and print if you like.

Best of Friends

As I prepare for my own vegetable garden this year, I’ve been doing a bit of reading on companion plantings. Some plants just get along better than other plants. One of my new favorite companion plants is borage. This lovely…

Forcing Spring Blossoms Indoors

I recently taught a class on planning a cutting garden and one of the suggestions for having flowers all year long was to force spring blooming shrubs into bloom. I’ve always loved the delicate blossoms of peaches, cherries and apricots,…

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