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A Reader Writes – My Garden Pictures – Squash at Last

I received the most uplifting email from Pam, a reader of TMG, this morning.  Pam had written to me back in July telling me about her garden and how she had not realized just how important soil is to the success of a garden.

And this year — in spite of all her efforts —she felt she had only produced a buffet for deer. […]

Spaghetti Squash from the Garden - A Delicious Treat

I was reading a post on a garden forum back in July.  The lady had evidently tasted fresh spaghetti squash — straight from the garden — and had fallen in love with it. ( I relate to that.)  She was all ready to “stagger the plantings” and wanted to eat spaghetti squash every other day when harvesting AND have some for winter storage.

I couldn’t help but laugh.  I have the same wish but it’s not gonna happen. —–read more—-

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—-

How Is Your Garden in This Drought?

My guess is if you’re a bare ground gardener you’re not doing well at all.  If you mulch I would imagine you’re still having some difficulties, although you’ve probably made it through a lot better than conventional gardeners.

Even if you’re set up to water, it’s not the same as rain to plants. I don’t water, but when I thought I was going to lose my cucumbers and squash for sure, I hauled several gallons of water to them (twice) to try to get them through.   Fortunately – we had just enough rain last week to help them make a recovery.

The picture below is what you see as you walk into my garden. The cucumber is growing into my asparagus.  Tomatoes are to the left and right. (Summer poinsettia at bottom left corner of picture reseeds in my garden every year.  It’s so lovely I would hate to pull it all up.) This was taken yesterday, July 21, 2010.

Here’s how the same cucumbers  have been —–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—-

Ahhhhh - The Fruit of My Labor

Febuary 27

From Garden to Freezer to Table – Vegetable Lasagna

Small yellow squash, sweet & newly harvested onions, red ripe tomatoes, fresh parsley: all summer delights.  And although fresh-from-the-garden can’t be beat, there is a second option when snow is on the ground and there are no fresh vegetables.

I saute and freeze at least ten “fat” quart bags of yellow squash and onion each growing season just so I can make a wonderful vegetable lasagna at least 10 times during the cold weather months. This dish will make 2 to 4 meals for 2 people – depending on how much you like to eat and what you serve with it.

I’ll list the amounts of the ingredients I use, but feel free to use —–read more—-