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Photos: Lavender and Parsley

I had to go to the local home store today to pick up a new garbage disposal and, of course, a quick trip through the garden section had me bringing home a couple of new plants. First was 2 lavender plants to replace some that had died back in our original planting a few years […]


When Halloween finished up in October, I took the advice in this Pinterest post about growing pumpkins from your old jack-o-lanterns. Source: growinginprek.com via Douglas on Pinterest   The Christmas deer below stands on top of what was, only a few weeks ago, a large pine tree. It, and another on the property, were infected […]

A little gardening before year end

My wife, Rosanne, has greatly wanted a new garden bed to grow some food products. Since this is a good time to be starting (ok, maybe a little late) cold weather crops like kale and such, this morning we brought out the electric cultivator and turned an old rose bed into the new food bed. […]

Elsewhere: SproutRobot.com – Enter Zip and receive planting ideas for your zone and date

I came across this site via a post on Pinterest.com — a great place to find new ideas. SproutRobot.com allows you to enter your zip code and then receive info on what can be planted now in your are and how to do it. Great way to get some timely reminders of what you could […]

Elsewhere: Video: TedTalks: A Garden in My Apartment

A great talk on a system to building a garden anywhere you have available space and light. Does it give you some thought? It sure does that for me. Check it out! and let me know what you think in the comments. Could you use this in your house or apartment? Would you try it […]

Photo: Grape tomatoes still coming on

The grape tomatoes from the volunteer plant are still coming on. Can’t wait to see that first tinge of red. Weather The weather prediction is for cool weather coming and maybe even rain on Wednesday. That reminds me I need to go get some seed packets so I can plant some areas to fill in […]

Photo: Incipient Tomato

Tomatoes are about to arrive here in our garden. This volunteer tomato which sprouted from some compost I used for potting has been putting out flowers and today I noticed a small, cherry tomato already forming. Our volunteer tomato A closeup from the same shot It is always such fun to see things go from […]

Seedlings have exploded!

It is quite amazing what can happen in 3 weeks while you are away traveling. The small basil and tomato seedlings I left behind jumped dramatically under the care of our friends who were housesitting. Here is what they looked liked just before we left. Here is the basil now… (upper left in above photo) […]

Photo: Fresh almonds in a Sicilian garden

There are some food experiences you can only have if you grow your own and I was introduced to another one a few days ago on our last days in Sicily with family. I had noticed and photographed these almonds growing on Serafino’s tree earlier. A few days ago, though, I noticed that the pods […]

Transplants from seed starting project

Clockwise from Top Left (Basil and 1 small oregano seedling), Unknown (I am letting it grow to see what it is. I think it might be a grape vine, but only time will tell, Tomato volunteer that popped up, probably from my homemade compost I used for the pots, Basil again. There are a few […]