Successful Veg Garden Day 19

I'm getting pretty tired of writing about vegetables--don't think I'll even mention the word until this time next year. You must be getting enough of it as well! Never worry, only three days of Boot Camp left--I guess we know why they used that analogy for these lessons. Today's topic: Growing Greens. Now I admit,... Continue Reading →

Veggie Garden Day 18–Troubleshooting

We're coming down to the wire now, only 4 lessons left in Garden Tribe's veggie gardener Boot Camp. Today's topic is troubleshooting. Garden Tribe recommends you look at your crops every day so that you'll recognize when something is wrong. My problem is that I love to look every day--even more often--at the beginning of... Continue Reading →

Veggie Tales Day 16 and 17

The reason I've grouped Boot Camp Day 16 (Seed-Starting) and Day 17 (Seedling Transplanting) together is because I wrote about seed starting already on Day 14, and besides, they're pretty closely related. So a quick review: if you're sowing outdoors, make sure the seeds stay moist. That's pretty much it. If you're sowing indoors, you need... Continue Reading →

Good-Looking Veggie Starts–Day 15

So you've decided that some of your crop is going to come from starts that you buy or otherwise acquire. How do you know what to look for? This isn't rocket science, (Plant scientists might dispute my dismissal) and Garden Tribe's lesson covers pretty much everything you need to know. Probably the best advice I... Continue Reading →

Veggie Tales Day 14

Two thirds through Garden Tribes' Boot Camp for Veggie gardeners. Today's topic--finally we're getting to the fun stuff--Seeds and Seedlings! Do you need to start your plants from seed, or do you need to buy seedlings, or "starts" from the nursery? For some vegetables the answer is easy, as we read on Day 4. Carrots... Continue Reading →

New Vegetable Garden Day 13

Vegetable Garden Day 13 Oh dear, running late again. Today's topic (GardenTribe's Boot Camp) is pretty basic--TOOLS--, so I'll skim over it quickly and get on to Day 14. So about Tools. I'm going to tell you about the tools I use most often, how I use them, and what I think about them. Shovel.... Continue Reading →

Compost for Your New Veggie Garden

Wow, we finally hit Day 10 of Garden Tribe's Vegetable Garden Boot Camp. Yay! Subject of today's post--COMPOST. It almost doesn't matter where you're getting your information, it's likely you'll find this is one of the top recommendations for any garden, vegetable or otherwise: Use Compost! As I said in the post on Understanding Soil,... Continue Reading →

Vegetable Garden: Understanding Soil

Day 9 of Garden Tribes' Boot Camp for novice gardens. Today it's all about soil--what it is, what it isn't, and how you make it work for you and your harvest. Before going any further you should know that if you are in a newly constructed house, the "material" surrounding the house may bear little resemblance to soil.... Continue Reading →

Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

I'm running way behind on Garden Tribe's 21-Day Veggie Garden Boot Camp, so I'll try to catch up the next few days. Day 8 topic is Raised Beds--a subject dear to my heart, because I think you can make a garden look really stunning by adding different levels. Of course, beauty is not necessarily the point... Continue Reading →

Vegetable Garden Day 7

Getting tired of this yet? Hope not, because today is only day 7 of Garden Tribe's 21-day Vegetable gardening Boot Camp. Today's topic is nice and simple, Container Gardening. I've written quite a few posts on container gardening, so you're probably all experts by now. Growing vegetables in containers is exactly the same process as... Continue Reading →

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