Tips From the Potting Bench: Soil Temps and Timing

Timing is everything so just how do you tell when to do what? One way is by the calendar. Generally speaking the USDA says our last average frost date for spring is April 15. Now, average last frost date is not the last frost date though it does give us a good benchmark to plan by. Dates on a calendar can be fickle though so in addition to knowing the average last frost date there is another, more surefire way to know if conditions in your garden are right for sowing or transplanting certain seeds and plants. Read More →

Tips From the Potting Bench: Get Your Garden On!

Here we are, already at the half way point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Technically that would be February 2, or as we have come to celebrate it, Ground Hog Day. This day actually has as many names as there are cultures around the world for every culture marks these special days. Even if you didn’t know that little tidbit of information I bet you feel it. Read More →

Tips From the Potting Bench: Jot it Down

With solstice right around the corner we are fast approaching the winter season, the garden is all but put to bed except for those hardy veggies that can fend for themselves through the short days and long cold nights of winter. If you were on it you got carrots, beets, turnips, rutabagas, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels’s sprouts and other assorted leafy greens planted back in July or early August. The garlic and onions are planted and mulched so except for going out to harvest something for dinner it’s time for a little rest and lots of garden dreaming. Read More →

Tips From the Potting Bench (Pests)

Here it is almost the end of May and the forecast calls for ‘frozen mix’ by the end of the week! The weather sure did change with the new moon solar eclipse, although truth be told I’m looking forward to a little cooling off, it means I don’t have to spend so much time watering giving me more time for planting. The temps in the green house will only be in the 90s instead of over a 100, which the plants and I will appreciate. Read More →

Tips From the Potting Bench (Ah, Spring!)

Ain’t that the truth? What a glorious time of year this is, made sweeter by the dark, grey days of rain. First the peach blossoms all alone in the chill and grey of March’s gloom burst forth and glowed in the dankness to be joined some weeks later by the daffodils and tulips. Now the whole orchard is blousy with blooms, and the rain continues to fall. Read More →

Tips From the Potting Bench (Give Peas a Chance)

Another year, another opportunity to perfect your gardening! It’s garden-planning time once again. The seed catalogs have been arriving in the mail with all their tantalizing choices. Read More →

Tips From the Potting Bench

Happy Lammas everyone! We are at another turning point in the seasonal cycle of life, half way from the Summer Solstice and half way to the Autumn Equinox. It’s a time for rejoicing and giving thanks for the first harvests of the season as well as a time for farewells and regrets. The surging energy of spring as the day light grew leading up to the summer solstice is giving way to softer energies and the diminishing light of harvesting and preserving for the winter dark to come. Read More →

Tips From The Potting Bench: Tomatoes

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed the increase in bird population lately? It is a veritable symphony around here starting at about 4am and lasting well into the evening. I can’t help but think of that Happy Days episode where Fonzi and the gang go camping and Fonzi can’t get to sleep because of all the forest critter chatter. And in a classic Fonzi move he gets up and yells Ayyyyy! And they all quiet down. Ok, so you had to be there! In any event I sure am liking all the bird song. I wonder if the weather has kept them around longer than usual? Read More →