Good Crop, Bad Crop

Last time I talked about the pumpkins and squashes, which despite the powdery mildew and earlier-than-usual demise, still gave us decent crops. Except for the Pink Banana Jumbo squash, both plants of which grew like a stunted sloth and finally aborted their puny fruit. I blame the poor quality of the seeds. Plus the slugs…

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Seed Giveaway

Everyone likes a giveaway. For one happy reader, I have two packets of vegetable seeds up for grabs: one each of pumpkin 'Small Sugar' and carrot 'Berlicum' (organic). I can recommend the carrots as good, large, tasty growers and although I haven't tried this pumpkin cultivar yet, they sound like a very tasty option and…

Homestead Update

Well, things have been certifiably nuts around here of late. I have been sick and fatigued off and on as I try to figure out what food or foods are causing me issues. That is making it difficult to get things done and it seems time is whizzing by while I'm scrambling to get a…

Life is Like a Box of Carrots

I got some very good carrots out of the garden this season. Apparently they dig the deep bed method. Har har. And apparently planting them in a square bordered by sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) helps keep the carrot fly at bay. I only found one that had a small carrot fly hole in it, despite…