After successfully saving seeds from this years tomatoes I set out to save some cucumber seeds. It didn’t go as planned. I saved one particularly healthy looking cucumber from the plant growing up the south facing garage wall: It was dark green when I picked it but I stored it for several weeks inside the
If you cut the tomato around the ‘equator’ it will be easier to get the seeds out: Use a teaspoon to dig out the seeds. Be careful to leave as much goo in the tomato, or it will get in your way later on in the process: Fill a glass with about 3 cm (1
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,
I planted two of my newly saved spinach seeds just for fun and they decided to germinate: The seeds were collected from dried spinach plants about a week ago, so no need for seed dormancy with this kind of spinach: By the way, this spinach variant is named Butterfly. Some seeds need a period of
Spinach is one of the first crops that can be harvested in my garden. This year I let my spinach rows bolt after picking fresh spinach leaves for weeks before that. The plants grew flowers and began producing seeds on the stems. When they started turning yellow I removed the plants from the beds to
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
Is it true that if you remove all except one of the shoots on chitted potatoes you’ll get fewer but bigger potatoes? In the above picture the potatoes with many shoots are in the front and the ones with only shoot are in the back. The plants in the back are smaller with less foliage.
Photo by foodistablog. Radish is also known as Raphanus sativus in Latin and is a member of the Cruciferous family. It’s an easy crop to grow making it ideal for kids starting their first garden. Soil Radishes will grow in average soil that has been worked down to 15 cm (6 inch) with any stones
Here’s my first podcast and it’s all about potatoes: [display_podcast]
That cat is driving me insane. It’s just too helpful sometimes when I’m out working in the garden. But I can’t blame it, it is just behaving naturally like a cat, playing, being curious, expressing its love. Can’t help wondering what people with dogs do, as dogs will dig just for the fun of it.