Posts Tagged ‘organic’

Nutrients in the Garden 10: Prepare & Amend

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Oh, my sore muscles! I took advantage of the sunshine and removed some plant stubble that was in the garden since last fall. It felt good getting dirty and putting in a few hours of hard work. These sore muscles remind me that gardening is great exercise and part of a healthy lifestyle! How many overweight gardeners do you know? (more…)

Fish Fertilizer

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
I don’t know how long he had been floating but it was obvious, our beta fish had passed away. After I broke the news to my three girls, it was time to bury our beloved (often neglected) fish, Goldie. When Mom is a gardener, the fish does not get flushed, it gets buried deep in the compost pile. Morbid I know, but fish emulsion and fish meal are common garden fertilizers and the little ‘ole fish will add nutrients to our compost. You are not supposed to put meat in your compost pile because it will draw rodents. I went ahead and buried Goldie deep in the middle, hoping the mice won’t sniff him out. (more…)

Harvesting in the Heat

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
In Kansas, the rule of thumb is to plant potatoes on or near St. Patrick’s Day. We had bought our seed potatoes at the garden show this past year. The girls were digging through the different boxes of seed potatoes and spotted the purple potatoes at the exhibitor’s booth. (more…)

Saving Time!

Friday, May 7th, 2010
Each new day, we say good morning to the sun, slip on our flip flops and scope out the garden. Mostly for the joy of it, but also to see if there have been any critters chomping, insects invading, nutrient deficiencies or moisture issues. Our daily observations create a ritual we all look forward to with the bonus of keeping our garden healthy and growing. Recently, the girls were excited to help with our first harvest of the season, rhubarb and lettuce. The first harvest is quite rewarding and nibbling in the garden is accepted! I enjoyed the transformation of their faces as they chewed on a stalk of rhubarb; priceless. (more…)