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August 2014 Time to plant the Fall Garden

6 Aug

6' tall Parsnip Plant in seed

6′ tall Parsnip Plant in seed

Ok, everyone. It’s time to plan and plant the fall garden from July 15-Aug 15 in Carolinas. There may be some variation of these dates esp. if you can cover the crops with a mini-greenhouse or row cover. Good crops are lettuce, kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, turnips, beets, and onions as well as collards and other greens. I also plant parsnips from seeds I have from a parsnip plant in seed in the garden right now. They are especially good in a stew and keep in the ground like carrots do all winter. I will attempt to take a picture of the huge parsnips plant on this blog.
I have let organic onions go to seed this year and have hundreds of seeds. Today I will plant them in a container and will move most of them a bit later. Gardening is great and although lots of work, is a lifeline for us. The Fall Garden extends the growing year and keep posted here on how to do it. Thank you. Also, thank you new follower of the blog, J.J. Good to have you aboard. Don


In The Garden Thank YOU very much and no buts

28 Jul

It was in the garden this morning that as I walked along picking a blueberry here and there a red raspberry, a kale leaf that it struck me about my conditional “thanks”. Here I was in just about the perfect situation of life with time to eat what God had provided and these two big hands had worked for, and amid my thankfulness was a Big But. It was all so great and the weather was nice, nice, but it would be even nicer and I put in a big “but”. So, now in the garden I’m noticing after an attitude change that I’m just thankful and no “buts”.

When snow is on the ground a pic from Spring

22 Jan

100_1711This pic is for all of us whose garden is frozen over or covered with snow today. It is green and growing. Let’s plan today to have the best garden we have ever had this year and use it more.


Fall Garden Pic Kale, turnips and cold-hardy crops

29 Sep


Nearly natural grafting of a pear tree or other fruit trees gardening

13 Mar
The Bartlett pear tree was about 15 years old and not producing well so when I bought a new tree at Lowe’s Garden Ctr. I tried a grafting experiment.
I put the new tree next to the old one and removed bark on the new branch and a branch on the old tree down to the green where the two would touch.  Nails were pounded through the
old and new limbs laid next to one another.  Next, grafting tar was applied or really some roofing tar to seal the union.  A month ago I was able to cut the new limb from the new tree and move the new tree to be planted, since the graft took and the new limb is still alive.  I only wish now I’d grafted more limbs since the old tree will now produce fruit of the new kind on the new limb attached to the old tree.  The potential here is a simple way to use an older tree with strong root system to produce new and different fruit. This is also helpful to get a pollinator for the old tree and vice versa.  While there are other grafting methods, this seems to be a simple way to graft easily and simply that works. Today I noticed leaves are ready to come out.  Don @ live simply workshops