Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Lycopene Cravings

The first hard frost hasn't even arrived yet, but I am already dreading the severe withdrawal symptoms that I'll experience because of my addiction to fresh tomatoes.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mangiamo!

Believe it or not, October 17th is National Pasta Day in the U.S. Now you don't have to be an expert on Italian cuisine to know that there are any number of things that can easily be grown in a garden or even in containers large and small that can be used in the almost endless variety of dishes that can be made using this versatile ingredient. I mean, just look at the photo below. 


O.K., so you can't grow cheese or olive oil in the garden, but you get the idea. From pasta primavera to lasagna, there are many things that can be produced by even a small garden that will add fresh flavor to many pasta dishes. And if you like garlic, now is the time to plant it so that you'll have a fresh supply for next year. Just make sure you plant it before the ground freezes. A sunny location with rich soil is best. Plant the cloves root side down four to six inches apart at a depth of one to two inches in rows one and a half to two feet apart. And in Northern areas six inches of mulch should be used for protection against the winter's cold.

You can even grow garlic indoors. Use pots that are at least six inches deep along with a good potting mix. And if you wish to plant more than one clove in a single pot, make sure that it is wide enough to allow at least four inches of separation between the cloves. Of course, a sunny, south facing window is preferred. Only light watering is required.


 

Monday, October 16, 2017

National Bosses Day 2017

I'm the boss of my garden, but that doesn't keep the lettuces and cabbages from arguing about who should be the head.



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Oh, If Only...


I think I'll try planting some of these next year.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Thank You Mother Nature!

Since all the squash are in and tomorrow marks the average first frost date of our area, I think I would not be premature in thanking Mother Nature for another squash bug free growing season. I don't know where these pests have gone or what is keeping them away, but I hope they'll be absent from next year's growing season as well.


Friday, October 13, 2017

It's Time To Smile

Here is something every gardener knows. The knee is a device with an uncanny ability to find any and all of the rocks in your garden.

Thursday, October 12, 2017