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keeping roses healthy

On 10, Jun 2014 | No Comments | In plants, roses | By All Year Garden

Having healthy roses is more about prevention than it is about cure. Give the shrubs plenty of space to prevent moisture from sticking to their leaves, make sure they have at least six, preferably eight hours of full sun a day Read more…

medicinal foods

On 06, Mar 2014 | No Comments | In edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

Stinging nettles are quite amazing plants, full of qualities both medicinal and nutritional, but who cares when their blistering touch burns like judgment and brings you to tears?

Setting aside the fact that in the old days people allowed themselves to be whipped with nettles as a folk remedy against arthritis Read more…

wound healers

On 06, Mar 2014 | No Comments | In medicinals, plants | By All Year Garden

There are two strong antiseptics directly extracted from plants: one is tea tree oil, only found in the leaves of the Australian plant, and the other one is thymol, a potent antimicrobial found in thyme and oregano, a substance bee balms also have in abundance. Read more…

aloe the magnificent

On 03, Feb 2014 | No Comments | In medicinals | By All Year Garden

Punxsutawney Phil and Buckeye Chuck didn’t seem to agree this year. I’m not mad at Phil, I’m sure he is a wonderful groundhog, but six more weeks of winter? Doesn’t he remember we had snow in November? Read more…

at the end of harvest

On 26, Oct 2013 | No Comments | In edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

I picked the last of the veggies today, happy to see the carrots really developed roots and sad to mark the end of this year’s gardening season. Despite the chaotic mess the little vegetable patch was reasonably productive (see table) Read more…

latest on the microfarm

On 21, Sep 2013 | No Comments | In edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

Today is the official start of fall and with the end of the gardening season fast approaching I thought I’d comment on the lessons learned this year. The large tomatoes produced more than the smaller ones (No! Really?). Read more…

Just wanted to brag…

On 05, Jun 2013 | One Comment | In plants | By All Year Garden

It seems to be a great year for roses, as you can see from the picture, so I am going to brag.

An update on what’s going on in the garden. This year I started most plants from seed and bulbs which means two things. Read more…

the veggies are here, the veggies are here!

On 11, Apr 2013 | No Comments | In edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

The long awaited moment finally arrived: I started the vegetable garden for 2013. Among the lessons learned from last year the most important one was that veggies are hungry plants Read more…

so, how did the micro farm do?

On 13, Oct 2012 | One Comment | In edibles | By All Year Garden

With the end of the season fast approaching, I wanted to make a few preliminary comments about the micro farm. Of course some veggies are still in progress and I won’t get to record them until the garden winds down completely for the year Read more…

brag

On 18, Aug 2012 | No Comments | In edibles | By All Year Garden

The first squashes to accompany a few cucumbers, hot peppers and tomatoes, are they great or what? I picked them a little early, but there are more coming soon. There is also a baby eggplant that I can’t wait to see and the peppers keep producing faithfully. Read more…