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Early Fall/Late Summer Garden – Pictures and Observations

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Tomatoes

All except one tomato plant gave up producing about 6 weeks sooner than usual. That means no tomatoes for me in December and/or January.

The most beautiful and most productive tomato plant was the one in the fence border close to my back door. It’s still producing! And it’s why I’ll have […]

Tomatoes – Tips – It’s Time to Plan for Year-end Fresh Eating

If you haven’t already saved the seed of several of your biggest, best and most delicious tomato, now is the time. It’s easy and I gave step by step instructions in this post:Seed Saving – Tomatoes – How to

Wish I had saved the seed of the tomato below.  It was one of the first and one of the most beautiful of the heirloom […]

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 […]

Garden Seed – Heirloom or Hybrid? Information to Help Make the Choice

There seems to be a lot of inaccurate information around on heirlooms and hybrids. Articles on both seem to be filled with personal feelings rather than actual facts that might help you decide which of the two is the best seed for your garden.

You don’t have to be a scientist. But you do need to become familiar with some terms and facts that […]

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 […]

Dried Beans — Not too time consuming

This year was my first year growing beans for drying.  I usually have purchased dried beans on hand in the winter, but I wanted to see if I could handle growing my own without adding more to my work load than I could handle.  (Also — as with any food — homegrown is always far superior to store-bought.)

I choose two varieties: Agate Pinto […]

Growing Potatoes – Planting in Best and Worse Conditions

I had a few readers ask about planting potatoes in May, June or July. My assumption was — that either”planting potatoes late” was an after-thought for those who asked — or they had some extra seed-potatoes on hand.   So of course, my answer was “Go for it!”.

If that was the case then that’s still my answer because if you don’t plant — it’s […]

Lettuce – Seed Saving – Strategy

If you’ve seen the handwriting on the wall with chemical companies buying up as many seed companies as will sell out to them and the other undesirable things going on in big agribusiness  — you’re already saving seed from your crops whenever you can.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about you may want to review these two posts: One, Two

A unique […]

Cherry Tomatoes – Backup I wouldn’t be Without!

Most of the articles that I see online about cherry tomatoes mainly say they’re good for a gardener without much space — or perfect for container gardening.  That always puzzles me because in my garden they take up just about as much ground as regular tomatoes.  Their foliage might not be quite as full, but I don’t see that as a problem – even […]