If plant your garlic in the Fall, like I do, sometime around June, your plants will start to send up scapes. Garlic scapes are long, cylindrical shoots that develop from the center of your plant and eventually create what looks like a gnome’s hat on the end. These scapes should be cut back, so the […]
The melon family, (Cucumix melo) is a much larger family than most people are familiar with. And like many families, its members range from the ordinary, extraordinary, to the odd. One melon missing from this family is the watermelon. It belongs to an entirely different classification, (Citrullus lanatus), but both families thrive under the same […]
A guild is a grouping of plants that supports a central element—such as a fruit tree—for maximum harvest and use of space. Learn more about this permaculture technique for creating a low-maintenance system that also improves biodiversity.
If you’re as serious as I am about growing your own food you might be considering extending your season with a fall garden. Maybe you’ve never heard of fall gardening or season extension; maybe you think the whole idea is absurd? Here in Maine, many old-school gardeners don’t plant til Memorial Day; they spend their […]
Welcome to another week of Tuesdays In The Garden! Summer is flying by, and I’ve really been enjoying July. Daylilies are in full bloom and dahlias are getting taller each day. I’m still having great success with the clematis I planted in a big container this spring. I’m feeding it regularly, keeping it’s feet cool […]
Farmers and gardeners are discovering the benefits of using agribon in the garden. Also known as “row-cover”, this lightweight fabric is the key to extending your growing season and protecting crops from insects. I’ve used it in the past on brassicas to deter the cabbage loopers and had great success. This year I am using […]