Posts Tagged ‘water’

Garden Calendar: July Tips

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
It’s July! The garden is starting to burst! July meals will be full of freshness and flavor. Right now I spend half my time harvesting and the other half pulling weeds. I hope your garden has more harvest than weeds! Here’s to a delicious July! (more…)

Problem Solving: Garden Challenges

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Every gardener faces challenges in their garden at some point. Arguably, the most frustrating issue is when the garden isn't producing. I recently received this text from a friend, “Garden is weird; it’s tall and full, but not producing.” (more…)

Nutrients in the Garden 8: Soil for Container Gardening

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
While working on our advanced degrees, my husband and I lived in a tiny apartment with an even tinier balcony. We were living off student loans and trying to make the most of it. (more…)

Seed Survivor

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Learning is fun when it’s disguised as a game! (more…)

Heat killing your plants? Tips for watering your garden.

Friday, July 22nd, 2011
A dry rain barrel and cracks in the soil are good indicators of the state of my landscape. We are still faithfully watering the garden and watching the forecast for cooler temperatures. At this point, I would consider 90-degrees a cold front.  I briefly spoke to a fellow gardener this morning; he’s fed up with watering and nursing along his pumpkin plants. “It’s too darn tough to keep them alive, not worth my time right now!” he exclaimed. (more…)

Fighting Flood Waters

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
One of my oldest, dearest, childhood friends, Tina, married a farmer and is living the farm life in western Iowa. During our youth, she spent many hours on our farm. Tina thrived on fresh air and the nature that one can experience being in the country. She still embraces these things as she is a naturalist at a state park and a farmer. (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…)