Garden

Straw Bale Fail

(If you’re reading this on the front page, click through for more images.) I’ve been gardening for years, but the idea of planting in straw bales is new to me. I ran across this post about straw bale gardening earlier…

Eradicating Gophers in the Garden

Eradicating Gophers in the Garden

Gophers are not a problem here in the islands, but as a longtime California gardener, I know how damaging they can be. If you’re new to gardening, you may not have given these underground pests much thought – yet. One…

Five Reasons to Replace Your Lawn with Vegetables

Five Reasons to Replace Your Lawn with Vegetables

I recently wrote for GeekMom about Julie Bass and her family’s fight with the City of Oak Park, Michigan over a front yard vegetable garden. The city wants the Bass family to remove the vegetable garden and put in lawn…

Harvesting Basil

Harvesting Basil

Basil is one of those wonderful garden plants that just keeps coming. Unlike radishes and beets that are done once you harvest them, basil plants provide their pungent goodness for months if you can stay on top of them. Basil…

More on Leaf and Tree Hoppers

Remember back when I posted about hand picking leaf hoppers? I’ve learned some things since then. 1. It seems that what I have are tree hoppers rather than leaf hoppers (who knew?). 2. And thanks to a Facebook community member…

Succession Planting

Finally! The weather seems to have cooperated all across the U.S. and gardens are in. But instead of simply cheering on the first of the radishes or ogling the tiny beans on your plants, think ahead. What happens when you…

Dirt! The Movie

Dirt! The Movie

I’ve always taught my kids that dirt made their meals. I’ve discussed with them that they need to be able to trace their food back to dirt within three or four steps (milk comes from cows, who eat the grass,…

Composting in Place

I’ve composted for years and had the rhythm down pat: Save scraps, hike outside to the compost, dump scraps, wait for the compost to break down, then haul the compost to where I needed it in the garden or yard….

The Backside of a Leaf

It’s been rainy so I haven’t been out in the garden. Today, I made my way out there to have a look at my broccoli. I could see from my window that something’s been nibbling on it in a big…