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Beets – An Answer to Sue’s Question

Sue, a reader from zone 7a (like me) planted beets last fall and they didn’t form beets although the leaves did very well. She plans to plant beets again this spring, and wants to know what she’s missing to make them produce beets.

Since I’ve heard this dilemma many times and have experienced it in my own garden, I thought it would be helpful […]

Plan to Succeed - Plan for Backup

You know the principal from being successful in your finances, your career, or your kitchen.  Even in the garden – to insure success –  plan for backup whenever it’s possible.

Every year has a different set of variables no matter where you live.  All it takes is a slight alteration of variables like temperatures, rain, heat, etc. for one crop to flourish more (or less) than it did in previous years.

I depend heavily on my garden as a food source.  Not only does the produce taste better, but it’s much more life giving than store bought food.  To insure that there is always something to eat, planning for backup is part of my routine.  Actually, it’s pretty easy most of the time.

Here are a few suggestions on planning for backup. —–read more—-

Mulching Your Fruits, Vegetables, and Perennials


April 10

Some folks have told me they don’t have an understanding of how to mulch certain vegetable beds.  They reason that the newly emerged vegetables will be mashed by the mulch.

Using crops that are currently planted in my garden (or will be soon) as examples below, I’ve been more specific about just —–read more—-