Month Nine in our series documenting the first twelve months on our homestead: successes and failures in the garden, the chickens are growing, and we cut hay.Continue reading
While maintaining a healthy soil, getting the right crops in at the right time, and excellent cultural practices are key aspects of maintaining a healthy garden, keeping a garden journal is also one that (at least for me) is so often overlooked. Read on to learn more about The Gardening Notebook, an excellent resource for recording your garden.Continue reading
Blossom drop is a condition where the blossoms of the tomato plant drop before they can produce fruit. This condition isn’t restricted just to tomatoes, it can also be found in cucumbers and squash. Read more to find out about the causes and how it can be controlled.Continue reading
Now that it is officially summer, we move into the warm season which brings on pests, weeds, and for some of us, triple digit temps making garden work most unpleasant.
If you can manage to power through however, here in our zone 6b(ish) garden there are a few crops that can be planted later on in the season rewarding you with a late summer/early fall harvest.
Share Carrots are not supposed to grow in Oklahoma. The soil just isn’t very friendly towards them. In fact, when I filled out a recent market grower’s declaration form, “carrots” weren’t even listed as a crop. I was delighted then, … Continue reading
Share …a post with the new gardener in mind. When I first started growing tomatoes, I thought a tomato was simply a red fruited vine that one planted in the summer. It wasn’t until I gained momentum and little bit … Continue reading
Share I drive by this tiny farm every time I go to town. And every time I drive by, garden envy wells up in my throat. I know the farmer is a market gardener considering the size and the presence … Continue reading
Share Every cloud has it’s silver lining, and one of the things I’m choosing to be grateful for with our previous (and hopefully final) cold snap is that it gave me a chance to plant some bachelor’s buttons for a … Continue reading
ShareMonth six began with our first Farmer’s Market meeting. In addition to growing and selling wholesale to a local co-op; we decided to try our hand at the Farmer’s Market as well. We were encouraged. We had the opportunity to … Continue reading
Share While the official first day of summer is still some weeks away, Tax Day is the start of the warm weather growing season in our zone. In spite of a lingering winter and the warm weather taking it’s time … Continue reading
ShareMonth five was our first month working together full time on the homestead, preparing for the spring growing and market season. It was a month of extremely hard work and a few adjustments. Major events included: *The arrival of two … Continue reading
Share When I first started out as a new gardener the concept of growing my own transplants was somewhat intimidating. I’d seen Martha Stewart do it, but I wasn’t Martha. I also didn’t see the need. In my opinion it … Continue reading
The holidays are over, the new year has started, now is a perfect time to think about gardening! Yes, it may still be in the dead of winter but this is the time to begin planning: many of those cool season vegetables such as peas, lettuce, beets, and carrots will need a head start. Even if you do choose to just stick with the warmer vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, okra, etc.), or don’t want to plant vegetables at all in favor of annuals or herbs; the sooner you prepare, the more successful your harvest will be. Here are seven things you can do now while you anticipate the spring.Continue reading
ShareI tried to write this post as a sort of “Twelve Days of Christmas” ; requesting my true love for such things as twelve arborvitae trees (we need a windbreak), ten dairy goats for milking, FIVE TAA-TTLER Lids, and a … Continue reading