Inside and Outside

I was able to collect seeds from last year’s garden to help off set this year’s seed purchase. Left from last year I had Dill, Melon, Snow Peas, Black Eyed Susan Vine, Coriander/Cilantro, Onion Chive, Cardinal Climber, Morning Glory, Basil, Snap Dragons, Nasturtium, Marigold, Sunflower, Lettuce, and Zinnia. This year I bought all of my…

2015 Planning

On January 1st I used the lazy day to start planning the new garden. Some of the old reliable plants sowed from seeds collected in Fall and some new varieties sowed from seeds purchased from High Mowing Organic Seeds in Vermont. Some of my selections are currently on back order so I haven’t placed my…

Good weather means good growth.

Freezing and canning has gotten really fun and rewarding. It’s neat to be eating last season’s harvest while growing the current season. We still have a few jars of spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, hot relish, salsa, and pickles on hand. Much of what I’ve grown this year are from seeds I collected from last season’s…

AND THE WINNER IS? (drum roll)

  Today was 70°F in Buffalo, NY. The warmest day of the year. It’s supposed to drop into the 40°s and rain for a few days, but that’s the norm for April. The sunlight inspired this grouping of Crocus to open wide. Some Hyacinths, Tulips, Snow Drops, and Muscari are all coming up and even…

Been a while.

My production work has kept me very busy the past several weeks and I have not been able to “play” in the garden nearly as much as I did earlier this season. My wife, Brenda, has worked very hard keeping everything going while I was away. Before I started getting calls for work I DID…

Chamomile

This Week’s Big News: Chamomile

The Chamomile is blooming very nicely. The flowers aren’t much larger than a dime but there are many of them. I harvested these mature ones to dry and make tea. I just used the last of the Chamomile Tea that I bought so I am ready to try the fresh stuff. It’s suggested that you…

Oooops! Don’t Thin the Chard!

First, a garden update and some pics to show how everything is coming in. I mentioned in an earlier post that if I remember to get enough pics from the same vantage points, I can do a time lapse at the end of the season. Here are a few of those shots including the Iris…