Garden

Dilly Green Beans

I’ve been harvesting green beans from the garden for a month or so. On one of those days when my harvest didn’t quite match up with my dinner plans, I found myself with more beans than I’d be able to…

Eliminating Pests in Compost

I have to admit, when I first started composting, I was horrified to find bugs in my pile. I didn’t want earwigs and sow bugs in there! What I didn’t realize is that those bugs were all a part of…

Giving up on Growing Squash

Giving up on Growing Squash

Earlier this year, I planted several yellow crookneck squash. I’d been told that squash and tomatoes are hard to grow here and that crooknecks were a good option for this warm, humid climate. I figured that if squash was prolific…

Hidden Treasure: Avocadoes

This is what happens when the avocados that are out of reach start to ripen. We find several of these treasures lying around the yard a day. Happily, they don’t seem to be too damaged by the fall. All we…

Peppers!

I’ve struggled to grow bell peppers in the past. They just didn’t thrive and they took a really long time to mature. A couple of years ago I picked up a six-pack of hybrid Gypsy bells and planted them in…

Broccoli!

It’s Memorial Day Weekend and normally, I wouldn’t even consider posting here. However, the WordCount blogathon continues, and I’ve made it this far, posting every day in May. For the weekend, you’ll have to content yourself with an image a…

Saving Seeds

I’m kind of an intermittent seed saver, but it’s something I’m interested in doing more of. With so many questionable seed sources these days, I think it’s a good idea. It will allow me to maintain a continuous supply of…

How to Plant Tomatoes

If you’ve not yet planted your tomato plants out into the garden, let me share a little tip with you. With most other plants, you want to set the plant in the earth so that the soil level of the…

Free Mulch

How about a truckload of mulch for free? We have a couple of locations on the island that offer a green waste program. People drop off yard waste and the nice folks at the transfer station grind it up and…

Good Question: Composting Cooked Food

Good Question: Composting Cooked Food

Cyd asks: When composting can you add cooked food to your compost like oats and such? Yes! If you’ve got leftover bits that you’re not using to make soup, you can add them to your compost. You’ll want to avoid…