Gardening – Container Sweet Corn: Impossible? Think Again

R Dub grew up on a one acre property in the middle of a small town community. Mom and dad utilized roughly 1/4 of the property for gardening for many of the 18 years that I lived with them. There were many ‘favorite’ crops in that garden. Radishes, peas, carrots, kohlrabi were among my favoritesContinue reading “Gardening – Container Sweet Corn: Impossible? Think Again”

Gardening – Food Storage – Canning Our Harvest

Operation Green Thumb advanced to harvest weeks ago, but it seemed to creep along. Finally, we are plucking more produce than we can consume immediately. Time to can. For the most part we have an excess of tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. A common gardening story we’re sure. The potatoes will keep for a whileContinue reading “Gardening – Food Storage – Canning Our Harvest”

Gardening – Determinate or Indeterminate: That Is The Question

Have you ever fallen victim to mistaken identity? Moreover have you ever been guilty of mistaken identity? Not so sadly, R Dub is guilty of misidentifying our San Marzano tomatoes. In an earlier post our San Marzano were listed as Determinate, while the Steak Sandwich Hybrid tomatoes were correctly identified as Indeterminate. At this pointContinue reading “Gardening – Determinate or Indeterminate: That Is The Question”

Gardening – July and August Succession Plants: How Ya Now?

Succession and fall harvest plants are slowly taking the place of summer harvested plants, and a few additions that prefer cooler weather than hot weather. The corn pictured above were planted in early July and should be ready to harvest in November. Tassels just emerged in the last few days. At that time we movedContinue reading “Gardening – July and August Succession Plants: How Ya Now?”

Gardening – Training An Old Vine a New Trick

A few blogs ago we wondered if the cucumbers would outgrow the 9′ trellis we set up. The answer was yes. We also wondered if they would continue to grow up on the roof. Well…we were not going to wait for that inevitability, action needed to take place. One suggestion by a subordinate at workContinue reading “Gardening – Training An Old Vine a New Trick”

Gardening – No Potato Before It’s Time

Two weeks ago we posted a blog and YouTube video featuring the first harvest of our potato buckets. 100 days ago we began to grow potatoes in containers. Yukon Gold and French Fingerling. We chose these varieties because they are different. We can buy organic russets frequently and occasionally organic reds, but Yukon Gold andContinue reading “Gardening – No Potato Before It’s Time”

Gardening – Garden To Table…Or Mouth

Operation Green Thumb continues. All be it a small harvest to date. It has been a tasty harvest. We have enjoyed lettuce and spinach greens, radishes, carrots, hot peppers, green and yellow beans, sweet pea pods, fingerling potatoes and cabbage. Most recently we enjoyed a Sunday lunch of fried cabbage and bacon with a sideContinue reading “Gardening – Garden To Table…Or Mouth”

Gardening – Succession Planting: Mid Summer

It is mid July, mid summer…sigh… R Dub loves hot weather and summer. I will hate to see this one pass us by. But… Now is the time to begin replacing harvested crops with mid summer loving plants. While looking at the raised garden beds this morning after watering I wondered internally how many plantsContinue reading “Gardening – Succession Planting: Mid Summer”

Sprouting A Green Thumb

As a result of limited essential supplies and escalating grocery prices the last year, Beth and I are attempting to be more self sufficient. Starting a garden is one of those attempts. Many of the foods that we purchase and consume bear the organic label. But I’m always skeptical that the foods in the packageContinue reading “Sprouting A Green Thumb”