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first tomatoes

On 15, Jun 2015 | No Comments | In advice, edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

The first tomatoes, from the Supersweet 100 variety. This year’s production is not overwhelming, but adequate. If you never grew tomatoes before and would like to start, here are the basics.

Starting tomatoes from seed is very easy, their germination rate is close to 100%, they grow very fast in their starting pods and faster still once transplanted in their permanent location. Read more…

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green tomatoes

Every year the generous tomato plants bless us with an overabundance of fruit that doesn’t have the chance to ripen before the first frost. Tomatoes take their sweet time to figure out how to bear more and more fruit and their best and most abundant yield goes so far into the fall they don’t have time to finish it. Read more…

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tips for growing roses

On 20, Apr 2015 | No Comments | In advice, plants, roses | By All Year Garden

I learned the most important facts about roses from my grandfather and they go like this:

Roses are not fussy plants, if they have full sun exposure they will put up with conditions that few perennials can withstand: drought, heavy soils, extreme temperatures on both sides of the spectrum and even salty water. Read more…

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fruit compote

On 16, Feb 2015 | No Comments | In advice, preserves | By All Year Garden

I don’t know how many people grew up with fruit compote as a staple of their diet. My grandparents made it throughout the summer to preserve fruit for the winter months. My grandmother’s apricot compote was so good I still dream about it on occasion. Read more…

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the home farming project

A while back I mentioned that a very small patch of dirt with good soil, sufficient water and at least eight hours of sunlight a day can produce a surprisingly large yield. Last year I didn’t measure the quantity of veggies, so this year I decided to start a little project. Read more…

how to grow plants from seed

On 12, Apr 2012 | One Comment | In advice, propagation | By All Year Garden

Aren’t they supposed to do this on their own? Yes, they are, but you get much better quality plants and a whole lot more of them if you follow these tips.

Start at the end of February, beginning of March. Get a few seed starting kits: they are arrays of little growing pods (36, 72 or 144) with transparent lids. Read more…

spring cleaning your perennial garden

Spring cleaning shows off your garden at its best, allowing all the fresh shoots plenty of air and sunlight to develop with amazing speed. Of course if you have a perennial garden Read more…

happy valentine’s day

The hellebores are spoiling me as always by blooming unbelievably early. This year they set a record and bloomed in January. Read more…

turkish eggplant salad

On 12, Aug 2011 | No Comments | In preserves | By All Year Garden

The eggplants finally started producing and they are growing fast. On the northeastern Mediterranean shores August is the month when eggplants are prominently featured on the family table. Read more…

what feeds your garden

Garden bloggers are always eager to share pictures of beautiful flowers and bountiful fruit, but not so much of the foundation that makes them possible.

This is a picture of six week old compost made possible by an overabundance of weeds and a lot of rain. It turned into rich, beautiful, smell free organic matter that will feed the plants and improve the soil naturally and long term.

The gardener’s best friends, the earth worms, showed up diligently and in large numbers, which makes me happy in the knowledge that the compost is healthy and top quality.

This is not the usual way to make compost, I know, but the fact that it doesn’t contain kitchen scraps and paper makes it possible to create an acceptable and non-offensive compost pile in an inconspicuous corner of your yard and still get all the benefits of replenishing the soil organically.

I am looking forward to feeding the garden with this. One doesn’t usually get enthusiastic about fresh soil, but I’m sure my gardening friends will understand.