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Garden notes and pictures – May

Eating asparagus, some strawberries, onions, various lettuces and greens, rapini, collards, radishes, parsley, sorrel, and thyme.  Potatoes are growing quickly so “new” potatoes are not too far in the future.

Garlic and Onions

After that nice rain we had yesterday I noticed that about 8 garlic plants had turned brown over night. I pulled them up right away because I’ve had that happen before.

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Garden Talk – mid-April

Looking at the garden from a distance there’s not much too see. Nonetheless, I took pictures so you can get an idea of what’s going on.

The tall blue/green is winter rye.  That’s where most of the tomato plants will go.

The low light green is mache flowering and going to seed.  (It’s hiding the winter lettuce from view.)

The light purplish haze to […]

Onions – Getting the Highest Nutrient Content, the Best Taste, and/or the Longest Storage Capacity

Onions are a super food because of their high nutrient content. Red ones are the most nutrient dense. Yellow is the 2nd runner up. White onions contain the least amount of good stuff like quercetin and other antioxidants.

Get Good Taste AND Nutrients

Indeed some of the sweet white onions with their high water content are truly delicious. BUT, you can get higher nutrient […]

October in My Garden – A Time for Preparation, Harvesting, and Planning.

One of the things I like about living in zone 7 is that it’s possible for me to work outside almost all year except for when the ground is frozen. In years past it seemed to me that was only a week of days at most. These last few years it’s been more like one or two months.

There are a couple of reasons […]

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 […]

Onions – Things to Consider Before You Order

You don’t really have to know a lot to be successful with onions. I can state that with authority because I was successful growing anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 onions each year for more than 3 decades and I didn’t know much. See my post Growing Onions – Top 3 Guidelines for Success.

A couple of things came about that made me want to […]

Fall Crops – Starting in Flats – Can be a Strategy for Pest Control, Increased Yield, Saving Space and Time

Almost 40 years of gardening and I’m enjoying starting fall crops more than ever this year; mainly because of the benefits I’m enjoying from an adjustment to my usual seed starting and transplanting methods.

How the Adjustment Came About

A couple of weeks ago the first lettuce seeds I’d started for fall had germinated. They were small, but a size good for transplanting if […]

Onions – Details on my 2015 Harvest

As regular readers know, I’ve been experimenting with growing onions from seed so that I won’t have to be dependent on Dixondale (or anyone else) for transplants.

Report on Onions from Seed

This past winter I started several varieties of sweet onions that would come in early. Early is usually synonymous with short day onions in my garden. They’re not for long term storage, […]

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 […]