Category: Planning

Taking Care of Runner Beans

I have 6 runner bean plants in my garden this year, climbing up bamboo sticks. I’ve checked all 6 six of them to be sure, but pictures of the three of them is enough for what I want to show you: Notice which direction they all turn around the bamboo stick? Counter-clockwise. This is good

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What Does a Spinach Plant With Seeds Look Like?

If you take a closer look at bolted spinach plants you’ll find the seeds grouped in small clusters: The seeds can easily be rubbed off the stem although some will stay together and you’ll need to separate those. From a single spinach plant I saved enough seeds to fill at least two normal seeds bags,

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Arion lusitanicus… We meet again

So you like onions huh? Well me too. In the YouTube video I showed you in a recent post Scott McGuire talks about the use of the word pest. He deals with pests by growing more produce and accepts the loss cause by so called pests. No doubt that when we experience some kind of

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An Experiment in Back Yard Sustainability

Here’s an interesting video from YouTube about back yard sustainability. Janaia Donaldson is interviewing Scott McGuire from Oregon about the project he’s running in the backyard of his rented property. The picture is lagging but that’s worst in the first 10 minutes when they talk face to face. After that they take a tour in

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Tomato and Cucumber Plant Spacing

Planting three tomato plants in one grow bag creates a mess, although the self-watering boxes are prepared for three plants having three internal tubes reaching down into the water. When you’re dealing with cucumber plants it’s even too much with two plants in each grow bag: One cucumber plant in each grow bag is a

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Successive Planting

The new potatoes are just about gone for the year and that leaves the soil bare. This is bad because rain will wash nutrients down into the ground, therefore it’s good to have something growing all the time. In the picture you’ll find six new rows of spinach ready to take over from the potatoes.

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How to Grow King-Size Red Beets

It pays to watch the soil moisture closely if you want large vegetables. I’ve had good results this year using my garden logging system. Actually my vegetables have gotten a little out of hand. I think the cat is a bit scared too 😉 : I’ve been kind of obsessed with soil moisture now that

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