October 2006

Heirloom Apples

October 27, 2006

Last weekend’s fruit tasting event provided me with an opportunity to sample many rare and unusual heirloom apples that were popular decades ago, but are pretty much nonexistent in today’s marketplace. It’s pretty amazing to come across so many heirloom apples that you’ve never seen or tasted before.


Garden Newsletter 10-06

October 25, 2006

After a summer long hiatus the latest issue of the Gardening Secrets Newsletter has been e-mailed to everyone on the free subscription list. If you did not receive your copy you can subscribe to the gardening newsletter at the following link: http://www.mygardeningsecrets.com/optin.html. The newsletter will be published on a semimonthly basis over the winter months.


Annual Fruit Tasting

October 23, 2006

Strasburg PA isn’t known as a fruit growing hotbed, but over the weekend it was the perfect place for fruit aficionados as the Pennsylvania Backyard Fruit Growers held their annual fruit tasting at the White Oak Nursery just outside of Lancaster PA.


First Fall Frost

October 22, 2006

The vegetable garden was hit by the first killing fall frost last weekend. Goodbye nasturtiums, so long pole beans, farewell my Sweet Basil! This would be a sad time indeed if it wasn’t for all of the frost-hardy vegetables, greens, and herbs that continue to grow happily in the garden’s raised beds.

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Season Ending Garden Prep

October 17, 2006

Well here’s a checklist of simple gardening ideas that can be implemented this fall to clean up and help build a healthier vegetable garden that’s enriched and revitalized when spring arrives. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts with a more productive garden that offers fresh produce far earlier and with less effort.


Bright Lights Swiss Chard

October 13, 2006

If you’re looking to add color to the garden and create an ornamental effect, a good place to start is by adding a few Bright Lights to the scenery. Bright Lights as in the colorful variety of Swiss Chard that has become popular and is even finding its way into landscape beds and flower gardens.


Fall Garden Revue

October 8, 2006

Things are pretty quiet in my fall vegetable garden right now, but just because it’s October and winter is right around the corner, you shouldn’t miss out on the spectacular performances being conducted on the stage of the garden’s raised beds.


Gourmet Garlic Varieties

October 5, 2006

I’ve recently posted a couple of articles containing gourmet garlic growing tips for planting fall garlic and strategies for obtaining the best garlic seed stock. I wanted to follow-up by sharing some of my favorite gourmet garlic varieties for growing in the home garden.


Garden Fresh Rutabagas

October 4, 2006

Rutabagas are one of my favorite root vegetables and if you’ve never tasted or raised home grown rutabagas you’re in for a treat. Many people are clueless about just how good rutabagas are, and I have to confess that I was one of them and missed out on enjoying this delicious vegetable in the kitchen as well as the garden for many years.