Sunday, March 9, 2014
When making or expanding a garden spot in a grass covered yard, your hand shovel is actually much more helpful than the rototiller. My experience is that tilling sod may look easier, but it ends badly. This is because the sod must be flipped over – Green Side Down, in order to get a good clean start on your yard garden. In gardening terms, grass is an aggressive, unwanted, tenacious, destructive, irritating weed! It can greatly reduce the productivity of your plot. If you rototill, small pieces of grass roots will be exposed to sunlight and quickly grow back, with a vengeance. You will not be happy about the final result. Turning the sod completely over, so that no green can be seen, cuts it off from sunlight and keeps your grass from becoming a problem. Flipping the green side down also converts grass and weeds into helpful under-garden compost. Each year I turn the grassy sod and leftover weeds upside down by hand, exposing the clear soil for conditioning and seeding. It gets me out of the house for some exercise and a good garden "fix". After flipping the sod, I use a garden weasel tine tool to grind the dirt for easy seeding. There is a trick to rolling the shovel so that no green can be seen......here is a video demo: http://youtu.be/up4jWhNYPDU
Hope you have a great garden this year!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The thing has grown into a small tree - a pepper tree, leaves, bark, red hot peppers and all!! The striking red fruit turns upward toward the sun. We have picked lots of them, and it just keeps on blooming, making more! Sure wish I knew what kind of pepper it is..... Are they hot? They are waaaaay above our tolerance level on the heat scale. We will use them sparingly in Mom's chili and in homemade salsa. She served them this week with rice, not bad. I cut a couple of the hot peppers open and found between 30 & 50 seeds per pod. We counted over 200 pods on our plant....which equates to more than 8,000 seeds per plant. I suspect this one gets an A+ on the "be fruitful and multiply" commandment! If you know what kind of pepper this is, please let me know. Also, if you want to try planting the seeds, I am thinking to sell a few...hope it is a HOT market.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Below are some of the reasons my family and I grow a vegetable garden each year.