February Garden Talk – Onions Seedlings – Unconventional Tips – Planting Cole Crops Early – Discovering Easy Seed Starting and Other stuff

Planted 4 varieties of onions with  good storage potential on January 15th. Yellow Parma, Australian Brown, Stuttgarters and Mako. They’re up about 4 or 5 inches.

Onion seedlings outside in containers.  Started January 15th.


Spinach just germinated two days ago.

Friend and reader, Betty Taylor, in Tennessee grows Stuttgarters and has given excellent reviews on their keeping ability.

If you’re interested […]

Diversity, a Principle of Nature – In What You Eat as Well as What You Grow

Sometimes I’m embarrassed to admit how long I lived before I learned certain information that was vital to my well being and could have made me healthier and thus, improved my life much sooner.

Until we learn otherwise, we’re pretty much a product of our upbringing.

Take food for example. Food selection when I was growing up was basically limited to meats, meats, and […]

What’s Happening in The May Garden

Although we’ve had some 80º F days, we’ve had more cold and damp ones.  I’m not complaining however because the coolness gives me more time to prepare and I sure need it.

As I go about my tasks everyday I think of you and all the things I want to tell you that may be beneficial to you in your garden.  Haven’t been able […]

Mulching – Weeds, Annuals, and Crop Residue to the Rescue.

If you’ve had rain just about every other day as we’ve this year and you’re new to TMG and/or have not yet read my book Organic Gardening, Cutting Through the Hype to the 3 Keys to Successful Gardening – you might be thinking that mulching (covering the soil) isn’t necessary in rainy conditions.

But covering your soil is one of the 3 keys to […]

Mache – Why Grow it? and Secrets to Having Enough

If you want to serve a simple but delicious salad during the holidays (or for any meal) that will impress and get rave reviews, then you need to grow mache. (Valerianella locusta.)

A drizzle of walnut oil and squeeze of lemon is probably all you need to dress the tender leaves. Heavy dressing would ruin the delicate nutty flavor. Other additions that will compliment […]

3 Reminders for Fall

# 1 – Seed Saving

Allow all fruit to ripen fully before saving your seed.

Select the fruit that exhibits the traits you want in your future crops. For example: early fruiting, size (small or large), good foliage, etc.

When saving seed you’ll get the best results if you save seed of one fruit from at least 3 different plants. (Nature loves diversity, so […]

How’s Your Garden Doing? – Comparing Notes

It always seems advantageous to know how others are faring with plants that we’re growing in our own gardens – or with plants that we might want to grow in the future. It gives us that much more information (from the other person’s experience) to add to our base of knowledge. That can, sometimes, give us just the edge we need to help us […]

Growing Winter Greens – Starved for Lettuce and Other Greens?

With hoop tunnels and Virginia’s short-lived winters, I usually can manage a salad 2 or 3 times a week even during January, February and March. Boy, was this year different! The cold started in December and continued to date except for a few respites here and there.

It didn’t take long for the my cutting celery, Russian Kale, and Chard to succumb to the […]

How’s Your Winter Garden? – Comparing Notes

My mulched garlic looks good.  It’s not quite as tall as it was before the cold temperatures.  Looks as if about an inch of the tips were browned by freezing.  Otherwise, it’s fine.

I’ve just used the last garlic bulb from last year.  I planted more this year in the hopes of getting through next fall, winter, and spring with my garlic rather than […]

Lettuce – Greens – Will fall plantings carry you through Spring and Summer?

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I received an email yesterday from a reader. She writes:

“In the fall, we planted an entire 4ft x 30ft bed of greens and lettuce.  If I had a cloth over it, we’d be picking still like crazy. We think that the greens in this bed will come back/get new growth in the spring which would put aside the need […]