Have You Ever Thought of Growing Your Own Garlic?

Have You Ever Thought of Growing Your Own Garlic?

If you hurry, there may still be time to plant garlic this year! Ideally, garlic is planted in the late fall well before the frost but I have been told that we can still plant it right now since we are having milder weather than usual.  I am very excited about planting fresh garlic. I have never planted it before. Separate garlic cloves right before planting. Leave paper-like cover on the cloves.           Harvest in late summer (more instructions will follow in the...
How One Man’s Vision Changed My Gardening Experience Forever!

How One Man’s Vision Changed My Gardening Experience Forever!

Thinking back, I would estimate that I have been an organic gardener for about 20 years. While I have always enjoyed having a garden so that I could grow my own vegetables, and I was very dedicated to composting and using other natural means to enrich the soil, I would have to admit that my overall gardening experience was filled with both joy and  a lot of frustration.  It didn’t take long for me to realize that if I didn’t stay on top of the ongoing weeding and watering, that possible disaster was right around the corner. Since I am a Realtor, and summers are often my busiest time of year, there were many days that I would come home to find that I had not watered my plants enough to withstand a hot sunny day and they were wilted and had little life left in them by the time I arrived home. I began to wonder if gardening was really worth all of the effort…. Then a few years ago, a friend shared with me the video “Back to Eden“. This video changed my life as a gardener forever! In the film, Paul Gautschi shares his techniques for using a thick protective ground cover mulch, like hay, wood chips or other organic materials to protect the plants, reduce the need for watering, enrich the soil and virtually eliminate weeding. While I had already been using many of his techniques, particularly in my flower gardens, his ideas gave me the confidence to make several changes that transformed my garden. I am now expanding my gardens and have the most...
What to do when the frost comes early and threatens your tomato plants

What to do when the frost comes early and threatens your tomato plants

If you love organic gardening like I do, few things may be as thrilling to you as watching your plants thrive and grow throughout the summer knowing that you will soon be harvesting those amazing fruits and vegetables to use in your favorite recipes. Most of us would also agree that few things are more discouraging than realizing that your precious plants have unexpectedly been affected by infestation, an unwelcome fungus or an early frost. This year,my garden was visited by an early frost. I was fortunate enough to be able to get my plants covered in time. Now I was left with the dilemma of what to do with all of the unripen tomatoes that I needed to quickly harvest. After adding green tomatoes to ever recipe that I could think of, I decided I that I would take this opportunity to conduct an experiment to see which of most commonly recommended methods for ripening (or slowing down the ripening process) really works best. Over the next few weeks, I will be reporting my findings. Please feel free to share any of your ideas or gardening tips with me too! Thank you! Mary Bann, The Healthy Home...