Hosta with seeds

Sep 30, 2012

Growing Hostas From Seed

Last fall, I found a surprise in my garden–my hosta plants had produced seeds!  Free seeds–who could argue with that! I didn’t know if this was an unusual occurrence, but it started me thinking.   Should I try growing hostas from seed? All sources I consulted said to harvest the seeds when they are black and papery.  The seed pod may … Continue reading

Jun 9, 2012

Homemade Tomato Cages

I just had another one of those “why didn’t I think of this before” moments. Its origins go all the way back to February when I ran out of home canned tomatoes–and months of winter remained.   Organic commercially canned tomatoes just don’t taste the same to me, and of course they aren’t local.  So this year I resolved to grow … Continue reading

Apr 22, 2012

10 Reasons to Plant a Tree–on Earth Day, or Any Day

To celebrate Earth Day, we planted eight tiny trees! Last fall I enjoyed harvesting and juicing wild grapes, and came away inspired to add more fruit to my young collection of berries.  So this spring, two plum, elderberry, mulberry and winterberry holly (for winter centerpieces) plants were shipped bare root from a Michigan nursery to our back yard. A few … Continue reading

Cage with Potatoes

May 1, 2011

The Lazy Person’s Potato Garden

Growing potatoes always sounded hard.  Dig a deep bed, “fluff up” the soil (especially painful with clay), then go back with the shovel for harvest. I am a lazy gardener.   I started my gardening career at roughly the same time as my corporate career, so if it wasn’t easy, it wasn’t going to happen.  This spoiled me for life. This … Continue reading

Lettuce Seedlings

Mar 29, 2011

Seed Starting is Easy! (Weeding is Hard)

I had plans to blog about starting seeds a couple weeks ago when I began the task .  But it seemed so ordinary that I simply started the seeds and forgot the blog. I didn’t give it another thought until last night, when my daughter was studying at our house with a classmate.   Her friend’s mother came to pick her … Continue reading