TendingMyGarden – The Start – And Now

Life is a constant revaluation process.  It’s important to periodically stop and take a look at where you are and where you want to go.

During one of these revaluation processes several years back Bill decided that we should stop doing so much traveling in our business and focus in on the things we really wanted to accomplish in the time remaining in our life.

It’s a bit scary to make that kind of decision, because you always wonder if you’ll still be able to earn a living with new changes in your strategy. But – so far so good — it’s just that income is spread further apart than if we were still doing some of things that took us on travel. (And it certainly couldn’t be any scarier than coming to a new area with just $80 and no visible means of support – as we did 34 years ago when we moved here.)

I had known for a long time that I wanted to use the internet more in our business.  With our change of strategy, it seemed the right time to do that. When I sat down to achieve it, I realized I didn’t have a clue how to do what I wanted to accomplish. To make a long story short – I started classes. I still have a long way to go, but I’ve come a long way. And I’ll reach the mark sooner or later. was started after about a year of classes. I figured while I was learning about websites, what better way to learn more than to start a website about something that I know well, loved and would never get bored with.

I had been amazed (and still am) by the amount of misinformation that is online.  Evidently it’s written by people who have never gardened – or not long enough to know anything.  And the same-old – same-old seems to be EVERYWHERE.   And of course, there’s lots and lots of what I consider BS.

My way of gardening is pretty much no-hassle.  You prepare and improve your soil and the garden does its own deal after that. Of course, there are always little secrets that make growing and organic gardening even better. Dozens of ways to cut costs and save time so you’ll have much to show for your efforts. Lots of ways to get more out of your garden with less time and effort. That’s what TMG passes to you.

As you may have guessed we’ve recently had another revaluation process in our life. You may have noticed that I’ve cut back on my frequency in posting.  Because of the demands of earning a living as well as the garden and other duties I’ve not had as much time to spend writing for TMG.

Just wanted you to know.

My best and warmest wishes for a wonderful fall season,



all content including photos is copyrighted by



Organic gardening is easy, efficient and effective — and a lot healthier.



  • I (and everyone I talk to) have had terrible luck with getting my fall lettuce and spinach to even germinate. The other day I noticed how many big black crickets there were all over the beds and wondered if it is their fault. Are they eating the seeds or the tiny sprouts? Yesterday I tried planting again and I laid some window screen on the bed and weighted the edges with bricks. As soon as I see them germinate I will lift the screen. Wish me luck.

  • I sure am glad for this information Beppy. I’m having exactly the same trouble. AND — I’m going to add some information that won’t make anyone happy ——–
    At first I was starting the seed in cells and/or flats. After they were up about 3/4 of inch or so — I transplanted to the garden. I did this for japanese turnips, spinach, 3 varieties of kale, 6 varities of lettuce, and radishes. After transplanting – I checked the next day and almost EVERY seedling was gone. I did this 3 times. Same results.

    While all this was going on I seeded buckwheat in some available beds as a cover crop. All came up beautiful without disappearing.

    I then planted the 4th time directly into the bed. Planted 5 beds! About half the radishes came up. Literally a few pieces of one variety of kale and 2 varieties of lettuce came up. No spinach came up.

    I have planted kale and some lettuce in cells for the 5th time. I’m going to replant spinach as well.

    At first — I really thought it was the crickets — or maybe even grasshoppers. But now — I just don’t know. Suspect would be slugs, crickets, grasshoppers and flea beetles. I’ve used some Escargo for slugs — so at this point I don’t think all can be attributed to them. Flea beetles could be responsible for some of the seedlings. I think its probably the crickets or grasshoppers. But anyway — I’m going to be like the ant —- and keep on planting until time and weather and lack of seed prohibits that.

    Please keep me posted on how you do Beppy! Good luck! And wish me the same!


  • Thank you for all the work you put into this website. I wish you the best success in all your endeavors!

  • I alway enjoy your posts. I’ve had the same problem with spinach seeds. I don’t even get any to sprout. The lettuce came up but I think the rabbits got that again. Oh well, theres always next time right? Oh yea on a side note, just finished roasting more tomatoes. Just waiting for them to cool off.

  • I’m glad you enjoy the posts Don! You guys are the reason I write!

    I’ll try to get a post written tonight to address your comment about “next time”.,

    Yummm— tomatoes roasting —— I’ll beam right over. : )


Leave a Comment