Month: August 2010

Mulching My Garden Beds

Once a week I mow the lawn and I often use the grass clippings as mulch on my beds. Leaves and small sticks collected by the lawnmower can be used too: A bed of leeks has been prepared this way: When you have a layer of mulch the weeds have a hard time reaching the

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Month: August 2010

Saving Arugula Seeds

Last year I saved seeds from spinach and the seeds turned into healthy plants. This success inspired me to look at other plants that I could do the same with, so after a nice harvest of arugula leaves for salads I let the plants bolt. What a mess: Pods with seeds have been formed that

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Month: August 2010

Rescuing My Tomato Plants

When I find these new shoots on my tomato plants I normally pinch them off to force the plant to focus its energy on the developing fruits instead of foliage, but now that all of my plants are affected by blight I suddenly find myself welcoming these new shoots as they provide much needed foliage

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Month: August 2010

Wind and Blight

I came out yesterday and found more of my corn plants loosing the battle against the heavy wind we are experiencing at the moment around here. The meteorologists say it’s not unusual at this time of the year but I’m noticing the wind because it’s damaging many of my plants, especially since I was convinced

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Month: August 2010

Back From Vacation

I took a week of vacation last week away from home and the garden. I was a bit worried what would happen if my garden was left by itself at the peak of the season. The weather turned out to be windy and wet (and so did my vacation 🙁 ), and below is a

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Month: August 2010

How to Save Potato Tubers from Blight

Unfortunately all of my potato plants have been hit with blight. After reading a bit about potatoes and blight I found out that Asparagus potatoes is a type that is almost certain to catch the blight each year: I grew this type of potato in previous seasons and didn’t have any problems but I think

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Month: August 2010

Month: August 2010

Month: August 2010

Month: August 2010

Video: Authors@Google: Amy P. Goldman

This video from YouTube gives a very thorough introduction to the different heirloom tomato types, presented by Dr. Amy P. Goldman. You’ll also hear a bit about her history growing tomatoes, along with her personal favorite types of tomatoes. She’ll speak about seed saving and throw in a few growing tips near the end of

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