Garden

5 ways to naturally remove slugs from your garden

Slugging it Out – Get Those Slimy Pests Out of the Garden

Slugs are a problem for many gardeners, but here in Hawaii they're an exceptional problem. Not only do they damage crops, they transmit something called rat lung disease. It's a rare* disease and one that is still being studied, but the general consensus is that accidental ingestion of tiny slugs (ick!) is bad, as is […] Read More

New Potatoes: Harvested

Because "harvesting new potatoes" sounds so much better than "this is all we got thanks to that blasted disease that wiped out the plants," doesn't it?   […] Read More

July in the Garden

While you might think that "July" would be synonymous with "hot" or "sunshine" our summer has been sorely lacking in either of those. More than a month of near-daily rain has kept us damp and susceptible to powdery mildew, slugs, and failure to thrive. In spite of Mother Nature's lack of cooperation, we are having some […] Read More

pallet retaining wall with plants

Retain Yourself!

Sometimes you've just gotta get by with whatever works. Our front yard garden area is steep, as I've mentioned before. We're planning to install rock walls, but so far it's not exactly working out as planned. Last year at this time, my husband was working away from home so I tried my (failed) straw bale retaining wall experiment. […] Read More

cabbage moth

Combat Cabbage Whites in the Garden

Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, I proudly showed my grandma a wee sweet caterpillar. Instead of oohing and aahing over my find, Grandma snatched the wooly thing out of my hand and smashed it under foot. To her, it was simply a garden pest, but I was crushed. I like […] Read More

17 Plants on One Square Foot of Land

Need to stretch your gardening space? We've all heard about going vertical, but here's another way to take your garden to new heights. This tower garden uses less than one square foot of ground space and supports seventeen plants. I did this experimentally last year, planting basil and bok choy. The basil got a bit […] Read More

lettuce

Know How: Harvesting Lettuce

Unless you're growing head lettuce, your greens can be a "cut and come again" crop. Instead of pulling the entire plant, thus ending the fresh salads, use scissors to cut off the outer leaves near the base of the plant. Leave the inner leaves intact and the entire plant will continue to grow. I've been […] Read More

Troubleshooting: Tomato Seedlings

One of my readers, Ray, is trying valiantly to grow carefully chosen tomatoes from seed. But he's getting frustrated: My plants were looking a little yellow so I figured they needed sun, but maybe I left them out too long. Some look basically dead...leaves are like blanched or something. How long does it take usually […] Read More

Success: Upside-Down Tomatoes

I posted earlier about my upside-down tomato experiment.  After several months of growing, this is what it looks like: And here's another plant, complete with ripening fruit:   There is some slight browning on the edges of some of the leaves that I'm keeping my eyes on. I'm watering only about once a week, which surprises me. […] Read More

tangerine vinegar

Tangerine Vinegar

We've already addressed the fact that I tend to try ridiculous crazy potentially clever ideas with abandon. So it will come as no surprise to many of you that when I finished peeling and juicing tangerines for my Tangerine Triple Sec, instead of composting the waste, I decided to try making vinegar. Tangerine vinegar? Yeah, […] Read More