The constant challenges of an everyday vegetable gardener and dealing with all the aspects of planting as an amateur.

It is an awareness that helps to achieve Garden perfection.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Planting veggies - use all extra space - be creative

We try to utilize ALL SPACE in the garden areas. Here, just off the street and side walk area is the common placement of the utility boxes with plenty of UNUSED space. We utilized this this for winter bok choy, lettuce and radicchio. Creative use of all areas will allow a more abundant crop. This is the same area that we removed the beautiful zinnia's that were in bloom all summer - see previous blogs for zinnia pictures.

Growth box - Peppers update

Notice the beautiful green pepper on this earth box and that one plant is filled with another 20 peppers in different phases of growth. We have been eating these for at least 3 plus weeks now and this is out winter crop. If you want a closer look at the beginning growth stages of this pepper growth (earth) box, look at my other blogs from a few weeks ago. Tremendous results.

Growth Boxes - update - Broccoli

The first head of broccoli appearing this past week (notice center of picture) from this growth box.
They continue to thrive in every container. Can't say enough about this planting method that is cheap
to make and even cheaper to water.

Red Ants out of control

These little creatures never quit multiplying and they can bite in a heart beat. I have repeatedly used a granular pesticide and it seems like they rapidly move
to a new colony. When they bite, look out. Their bite not only hurts at first, but
then itches like crazy for a week or so after forming a large pimple-like white
head. Never saw any thing like it. I've learned to wear higher socks in the yard
and then spray over my work shoes and socks with an ant repellent. This gives
me a fighting chance.
The best solution I have found to stop the itching and dry them to a scab quickly
is benedryl liquid with an itching solution. Use it especially at night or you will wake                                    up itching to no end in the middle of the night. Be careful, they climb your legs as fast
as anything I have ever seen.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Earth boxes (aka) Growth boxes -- update

Home made growth boxes thriving and eating from most already of the winter crop!!
Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Earth Box peppers

Just picked these fresh today from our fall crop that was planted in an earth box, made by myself. I can't speak highly enough about how to plant veggies with limited water requirements and these can be used for many years without changing soil etc...
Shortly I will share the rest of the crop including lettuce (we had some already today for a nice salad), cabbage, cauliflower, chard and many other fall crops that continue to thrive in these containers.