Tour of My Gardens

The best part of the garden walk was seeing and talking to my newsletter readers, social media followers, and garden club friends.

Hardening Off Plants

Spring is an exciting time because I can start planting cool-season crops. It’s also a frustrating time as the weather changes from one extreme to another. Within one week we’ve had lows of 28°F and highs of 81°F. That’s why you need to know the best time for planting different kinds of seeds and transplantsContinue reading “Hardening Off Plants”

SPECIAL OFFER for National Gardening Day

Today, April 14, 2021, is National Gardening Day, and I’m celebrating it with a special offer. Subscribe to my newsletter now and get access to a video of my presentation on how to start a garden. Details are HERE. Do you know anyone who wants to start growing their own food?Share the link with them!ActContinue reading “SPECIAL OFFER for National Gardening Day”

Winter Sowing in a Snowy Winter Wonderland

WINTER SOWING TUTORIAL WHO could winter sow? Anyone! Yes, even if you’re a beginner gardener, you can start planting some seeds now. Even if it’s freezing cold where you live, you can plant seeds for your garden now. Even if you don’t have grow lights—which, trust me, are a must for most indoor seed starting—youContinue reading “Winter Sowing in a Snowy Winter Wonderland”

Sow What about Seed Swapping

January 30, 2021, was National Seed Swap Day. Don’t worry if you missed it because there are many seed swapping opportunities throughout the year. Gardeners have, of course, been swapping seeds for ages. And we certainly don’t limit this activity to one day a year! I wrote about making your own seed packets in my newsletterContinue reading “Sow What about Seed Swapping”

Watering Tips

When we don’t get enough rain to keep the garden producing goodies for my table, I have to water it. Here are some general watering tips for gardens. Water from below. Never spray water onto the foliage or flowers. Remember that the roots need the water, not the leaves. Here in the humid Midwest many plants are susceptibleContinue reading “Watering Tips”

Best Tasting Tomatoes

ENJOY — garden style living I love gardening—from my head TO-MA-TOES! Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable to grow in a home garden–and for good reason. This is where your tongue gets the most bang for your gardening effort. The dramatic difference in taste between homegrown and store-bought tomatoes is often what drew us foodContinue reading “Best Tasting Tomatoes”

Harvesting Tips

Practical Gardening Tips from my newsletter archives Now that most of the planting of the kitchen garden is done, I’m hoping to settle into a routine of harvesting, watering, and weeding. I also have some pruning (tomatoes), deadheading (flowers), and thinning (squash and Swiss chard) to do. It’s exciting to be harvesting snow peas nowContinue reading “Harvesting Tips”