March 2006

Garden Log 3-30-06

March 30, 2006

It’s finally warming up and feeling more spring like here in the Eastern part of the U.S. There are also more and more green vegetable plants and herbs springing up from the garden. The garlic and shallots are already over six inches tall and growing quickly. Kale, collards, spinach, and mustard greens that were planted last fall and […]


Small Space Gardens

March 26, 2006

Many gardeners who desire to grow a productive vegetable garden are challenged by their limited growing area and a small space in which to cultivate their vegetable plants. Sylvia recently raised the following question about plans to start a vegetable garden in Cleveland, Ohio: “I have only one place in my yard with sufficient sunlight […]


Growing Baby Garlic

March 22, 2006

Need to find a creative use for those left over garlic bulbs that you stored but didn’t get around to using during the winter months? Here’s an idea; plant the extra garlic cloves out in the garden and grow a crop of delicious baby garlics. Teaching Old Garlic New Tricks By now the garlic that was harvested […]


Sweet Basil

March 20, 2006

Basil is an interesting and easy to grow herb that will make itself at home in containers just as well as in the herb bed or vegetable garden. Basil is popular with gourmet cooks and finds many uses in the kitchen. Planting and Growing Basil in the Home Garden Basil seeds are very small and […]


Surprising Lambs Quarters

March 16, 2006

Many people see Lambs Quarters as nothing more than a common weed, never realizing that a tasty and nutritious green vegetable could be enjoyed, free for the picking. Lambs quarter, sometimes referred to as goosefoot for the shape of its leaves, is my favorite edible weed and is easy to recognize once you become familiar with it.


Floating Row Covers

March 14, 2006

The use of Floating Row Covers is a great organic gardening technique for protecting vegetable plants from harmful insect pests. Floating Row Covers can also be used to guard against frost damage and deter animals from eating young seedlings and vegetable transplants. Organic Pest Control With Floating Row Covers Floating row covers are a lightweight, […]


Signs of Spring 3-13-06

March 13, 2006

I’ve been noticing more and more clues that indicate spring is quickly arriving to my Central Pennsylvania, Zone 6 vegetable garden. Of course it will be another six to eight weeks before I feel comfortable about planting any cold sensitive crops in the open garden. But the vegetable growing season has started and here are a […]


Home Grown Lettuce

March 12, 2006

Want to see a great example of what makes home grown produce superior to store bought vegetables, then just try growing lettuce in your back yard garden. Advantages of Home Grown Lettuce Growing your own lettuce will reward you with sweet, nutritious heads of fresh lettuces that are larger and tastier than any found at your local grocer. And you […]


Fingerling Potatoes

March 10, 2006

Fingerling Potatoes remain obscure even as their heirloom cousins such as the yellow fleshed and All-Blue varieties grow in popularity and show up regularly at the local grocers. Fingerling Potato Characteristics I like fingerling potatoes because they’re unusual, attractive, tasty, and easy to grow in the backyard garden. Fingerlings are also very productive and display […]