Showing posts from July, 2014

Oh, How They Grow...

The summer is off to a great start with weeks of super hot and dry weather. Garden beds are all thriving, veggies and flowers growing like gang busters.

Has been hard to keep up with the watering with weeks upon weeks of heat, but thankfully Mother Nature came through for us again, with a great big downpour last night. 

Borage - has the best blue flowers ever. The flowers of this herb are great for salads, cakes, cookies or freezing in ice cubes for a lovely addition to your sparkling water. The small, young leaves taste like cucumber and are fab in salads, drinks and more.. the bees adore this biennial plant!

Nasturtiums - great additions to the organic garden. They add a gorgeous pop of colour and work as lure crops for aphids. Plant near any plant that tends to get lots of aphids, like cabbage or kale, so that they go to the nasturtium instead of the crop. Also, said to be one of the very best companion plants for attracting the good bugs that eat bad bugs.

Garlic - lift from the…

July Garden and Greenhouse Ramblings

So here we are in July already! Boy, seems like June just flew by with all the garden planting, care, pinching and more to do. We had unusually fabulous weather throughout, which helped everything root in, grow and thrive.

The greenhouse closed for the summer in early June as I have little to sell at that point and it gives me a chance to catch up on my own garden and yard chores... plus more, this year as we also did extensive renovations on the house.

So... What is actually going on in the greenhouse?... 

As always, the growing tables were moved outdoors and the greenhouse now holds my own personal plants. Tomatoes and melons grow up strings while pepper plants line the south wall, garnering as much heat and light as they can possibly get.

Black Hungarian Hot Peppers I am already harvesting the Hungarian Black's to make spicy crock pickles. This is my all time favourite go to pepper. You all know that I personally do not do the hot peppers, but the family sure does. This one is a …

Fall and Winter Gardening ... in July

Yes, odd as it sounds and seems, this really is the time to think (fast!) about your fall and winter harvest.

Here are some ideas of what to plant now to get you started on growing more food! Great for pickling, freezing, fresh eating or simply leave in the garden and pull as needed. I plant more and more carrots each year to try to get through the entire winter with fresh carrots from our own garden. So far, the longest we have gone was to the end of February and then we ran out... we go through a lot of carrots as all the dogs love them, too. After fresh garden carrots, they refuse to eat the tasteless grocery store ones!   

What to plant NOW from seed in the garden now for fall and winter harvest

- carrots (harvest in fall, winter, and next spring)
- beets (fall)
- rutabaga's (fall and winter)
- kohlrabi (fall and winter)
- sprouting broccoli/broccolette/broccoli raab (winter and spring)
- broccoli (fall)
- winter cabbage (winter)
- parsnips (fall and winter)
- endive/rad…

Not So Scary After All Tomato Issues

Here are few problems or issues that you may have come across this month or will soon come upon with regards to your tomato plants that are actually not a great cause for concern! Whew!

1. Wilting Leaves

Fear not, all is well
We have had some super hot days lately and the leaves of the tomato plant will droop and look awful. Heat causes the leaves to droop but they will quickly perk up again as soon as the air temps are cooler.

This does not hurt your tomato plant in any way, but you certainly can make life a wee cooler for it by spraying down the greenhouse floor, the patio, the ground, etc.. I spray down the greenhouse floor whenever I am in the general area.
In time, your plant will adjust to the heat and no longer droop quite as much.

Watering it copiously is not the answer either! Only water if it needs to be watered (test to make sure the soil is super dry by sticking your finger into the soil)...
If you over-water, that brings us to problem #2 ...  so read on Mc Duff!

2. Bland…