July 2007

Well, I guess all it took was a little talking it up to finally get a decent deluge of rainfall on the garden’s raised vegetable beds. Water has been a major topic of conversation on this website over the past few days; with the recent Fountain Review and the Newsletter’s focus on irrigating the garden.


The latest issue of the Gardening Secrets Newsletter has been delivered to all of the gardeners on the e-mail list. Just in time for summer, the theme of this month’s gardening newsletter focuses on the process of irrigating the garden to prevent drought stress during those hot and dry summer months.

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Garden Fountains

July 25, 2007

Interested in a nice accent to enhance your backyard, patio, or deck? How about bringing an element of the great outdoors, indoors? A new garden fountain may be just what you need to offer a decorative effect, along with the relaxing sounds of gently flowing water to any setting in the home or landscape? This article provides a basic garden fountain review for ideas on selecting an indoor or outdoor garden water feature, along with a few tips for avoiding costly mistakes when it comes to choosing a fountain for your home.


Eggplant Harvest

July 23, 2007

I just wanted to share some of the heirloom eggplants that I’m growing and harvesting from the vegetable garden this summer. Previous articles covered tips for growing eggplants and discussed the international roots of heirloom eggplant varieties.



July 20, 2007

Rosemary is towards the top of my list of favorite herb plants. It has much to offer the home gardener regardless of the type or size of your garden. Rosemary will make itself right at home anywhere from the vegetable garden to the herb bed, and can even be incorporated within flower gardens and ornamental landscapes.


Okay Chuckie, you’ve enjoyed a good run for a groundhog, but the gig is up and this little chat is your not so fond farewell. We’ve spent the past few weeks getting to know each other quite well, but I have to be honest and let you know that you aren’t going to be missed, not for a second.


Okra Status Report

July 17, 2007

A few weeks ago I wrote an okra article in response to questions that I received from two gardeners growing okra plants in the garden or in containers. Here’s a follow-up report that I received from Linda after recommending that she separate her container grown okra seedlings.


Curing Garlic

July 16, 2007

Sure you can march those freshly dug bulbs off to the kitchen and begin using them immediately in your favorite recipes. But if you intend to store your bounty for any length of time it’s important that you first go through the process of properly curing those precious garlic bulbs.


Harvesting Garlic

July 13, 2007

Today’s entry will take a look at harvesting gourmet garlic, which is one of my favorite vegetables for growing in the home garden. Garlic is easy to grow, avoided by almost all garden pests, and the gourmet garlic varieties are far tastier than the store bought cloves that you may be accustomed to. The most challenging aspect of growing garlic for many gardeners is determining the proper time to harvest this generally care free crop. After reading this article you should have no problem harvesting your homegrown garlic bulbs.