Wednesday, December 30, 2009
By contrast the cold weather lettuces, chard and spinach have all shown substantial damage from the freezes, even under light cover. Collards, cabbage and curly kale just shrug it off, of course.
One of the loveliest things in the garden right now is the rainbow chard with it's brilliant red stems and colorful leaves. Some stalks are deep burgundy and purple, others orange and green. When the sun hits the row, they light up the garden. What a rewarding plant to grow - talk about your ornamental edibles!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
After recently reading reports that there are NO supermarkets in inner Detroit - nowhere at all for families to buy groceries or fresh food, I am deeply grateful that we have such wonderful small farms around us. I am also grateful to be able to grow fresh food of my own, enough to have and also to share. The news articles about Detroit indicated that grants had been set up to help a businessman start up new small groceries in some of these inner city neighborhoods. At the same time, dedicated volunteers are working to establish community gardens to teach folks how to grow simple vegetables: in plots, in yards, in containers.
It's really not hard to grow food. Sometimes we make things so over-complicated with useless rules: you have to plant a certain way, you must look for certain varieties, you must test your soil, you must water and fertilize "just so"..... Folks, we were growing food when there was nothing available but a little dirt, a little water, some seeds and a stick to dig with. More than half the individual farmers in the world are still growing exactly that way.
Dig in! Plan to plant a little more this coming spring. Plan to share a little more of what you plant. And give a special word of thanks this holiday for the hard-working men and women - small farmers, ranchers and fishing folks, market owners and workers, migrant workers in the fields, even that generous gardener down the street who gifts you with squash and tomatoes every summer......to all of them we say Namaste' and Thanks for all the food!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This is in happy contrast to the way plants in our heavy, wet clay soil would contract fungal diseases and die during the winter months. I am even more an advocate for raising planting beds after seeing how well we fared in this lousy weather. With over 8" of rain down at our farm - not as much as some of you got, I know - it's a delight to wade out to find great lettuce, greens and even some late peppers still perfect to harvest for a quick meal. Broccoli is heading up (had to murder a few cabbage worms this morning), cabbage and greens looking good!
Hope everyone fared nearly as well - although I know of at least one community garden plot in Portsmouth that was flooded with storm sewage and abandoned by the gardeners since the produce was all likely contaminated. Very sad.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
from the article:
...the word “wren” was removed not long ago from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. In fact, the newest edition of this prominent children’s learning tool no longer defines more than 30 nature words, including “dandelion,” “otter,” “acorn” and “beaver.” In their place, a child will now find definitions for such terms as “MP3 player,” “blog” and “cut and paste.”
If words frame how we are able to think about the world, what does this tell us? How does this narrow a child's view of the world? Isn't this a value judgement? That natural world terms are less "meaningful" than digital jargon? Will those digital terms even be in use in a few years? Will they be like "eight-track" or VHS, terms that mean nothing? What about Otter? Beaver? Will they be meaningless or will they just be gone?
Sunday, November 8, 2009
For years, I hit the final harvest jackpot with armloads of veggies that exceeded our family's immediate needs so I gave them away - even tossed a few that were forgotten and left to shrivel - only to find myself a few weeks into winter stuck at the supermarket BUYING the same veggies, either fresh or frozen. It was frustrating! Here I was, Little Miss Buy Fresh Buy Local, spending money on peppers flown a thousand miles to get to me - or bagged for an unknown length of time in a freezer section. I was determined to find a change.
http://www.growitalian.com/). At season's end, there are plenty of peppers fully red and also lots of green/orange young peppers still trying to ripen. I chop all of these into quarter inch bits and combine with an equal amount of well-chopped onions. Although our onions keep well through the winter, it is so terrific to have the onion/pepper combo frozen and ready - this was one of those "pre-made" items I used to grab in the grocery store. No blanching is needed. A cup of the pepper/onion mix fits perfectly into a snack-sized, zip&store baggie. Once frozen, a good "whack" on the counter loosens all the pieces so you can grab a pinch or the entire cup easily. We use them on pizza, omeletes, soups, casseroles.... The going price on the one cup containers or pre-chopped peppers/onions in the grocery store is about $2.50 and rising. I save about 45 of these in our freezer in very little space. Savings? About $112.00.
We also slice the peppers into long strips about 1/2" wide. Toss the strips with a little good olive oil and some herbs (rosemary, basil, garlic, oregano) and roast them in a low oven (about 300) for an hour or so until the herbs have baked in. Some cooks like to broil them for a second to get a blackened edge. I don't peel mine, our pepper varieties don't have a very thick skin. These are then frozen in snack-sized bags and saved for recipes that specify roasted peppers. Delicious!
So, what other creative ideas have other gardeners come up with for the last, precious summer veggie harvests?
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Last month, I scored a perfect flat of 6" asian lilies, ready for fall planting, with a price tag of Buy One, Get Six Free. I mean, really. Today the take was six lovely Gaura plants, three white and three pink, that are going to grace the back edge of two planting beds and delight the butterflies all next summer .... cost? Buy One, Get Two Free. Woot!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
What a remarkably easy way to grow and harvest potatoes! I will have to expound more on container growing potatoes in the spring when everyone's ready to plant. Sure beats trying to grow taters in our clay soil without heavy equipment that the farmers use.
Eight pounds of lovely pink potatoes from one great big planter. Yes, they really do have a delicate pink skin but are cream colored inside. Perhaps the blushing color led to the heroine-worthy name? They make stunning mashed potatoes - I can attest to this from some surface tubers I snatched and ate earlier this month!
My seed potatoes came from Seeds of Change, if you want to check out their many varieties of potatoes and plan for spring, just click here: Seed of Change Potato Page.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I've been working hard with a dedicated team of volunteers as part of a group called Buy Fresh Buy Local Hampton Roads. A long, awkward moniker for a useful initiative. Buy Fresh Buy Local Hampton Roads (hereafter to be referred to as BFBLHR, shorter but really no more fun to type) is dedicated to connecting Hampton Roads residents to the many small farms, ranchers, fisherfolks, beekeepers, herbalists and all of the wealth of folks around our cities who are busy growing, harvesting, grazing and creating wonderful things for you to eat and use.
Dozens of farms and food-related businesses signed on as partners and supporters during the first few months and, with a great deal of effort, the volunteers were able to pull together the very first publication, the Fall/Holiday 2009 Food Guide which is now available. You can view the guide online by clicking BFBLHR Fall/Holiday 2009 Food Guide.
Want to know more about why buying local makes a difference? Visit the Useful Gardens Webpage: Buy Fresh Buy Local
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I just scored a huge handful of good veggie and flower varieties in 2009 seed packets at a local store - lettuce, broccoli, carrots, parsley, you-name-it, for my fall garden.... at 19 cents per packet. Down from $1.99, in some cases. All the garden and variety stores are clearing out the very last of the seeds and it's a great time to grab seeds for now and next spring. Even some of the seed catalogs have end-of season, on-line seed sales going.
I keep seeds in a tupperware-type sealable container in the bottom of our fridge. Leftover seeds and home-gathered seeds from the spring and summer season are in small ziplock bags in the container and "regular" seed packets are just stored "as is". They last not only for the entire year but up to five years, depending on the variety.
In addition, I notice that most of our garden centers are closing out their summer plant stock. Obviously, this is no time to load up on annuals - unless you have an outdoor fall event for which you need show-stopping back yard - but in among the summer annuals I've found wonderful buys on plants that are actually perennial here. This past week I bought a flat of quart-sized asiatic lilies, which do wonderfully well naturalized in our gardens, at Home Depot on a Buy One - Get SIX Free sale. Yep. I bought the entire flat of six good-sized lilies for the price they charged for ONE earlier in the season. Why? Because they were no longer blooming and therefore wouldn't sell. I bought several very nice orchids that will live in our house (porch in summer) for $3 each (formerly $14 each).
Remember that the truly neglected, unwatered plants may not be worth even the small amount the stores are charging.** So look over the stock carefully - but this is a wonderful time to get fabulous bargains on plants and seeds.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I've been out separating daylilies into new plantings. I know it seems like an odd time of year to be doing this but daylilies suffer mid-summer moves well and it is the only way I can judge the bloom color of the daylilies I'm moving - yes, I really have lost ALL the tags. I've been working at this job, off and on, since June, moving clumps into new configurations that better show the colors of each variety.
And as I work I think about life and the scale of things and how our lives are torn and upheaved with traumas we think we cannot endure. And I think of all the platitudes and comforts people say to us with love, with concern, and how we cannot hear them at that time.
And I watch the lilies - how they wilt and they struggle. They don't see me caring for them, watering them, watching over them. Slowly, carefully, they put down new roots. Their leaves lift... and they begin to grow and thrive.
Sometime later when I'm strolling through the garden I see the daylilies growing in their new locations - vibrant, blooming, happy. They have coped, they have survived, they are doing even better than they were.
And I tell myself.... remember.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Back when I used popular chemicals to ward off insect attacks, garden defense was a matter of gracefully waving my sprayer wand over my beloved plants, much in the manner of Glinda the Good gracing the Munchkins with her benevolent presence. A gentle spray drifted down over the leaves and slowly, silently, the offending insects fell to the ground. All was well. No distinction was made between “good” insects and “bad” insects, all were treated with equal dispassion. My plants were inviolate. They probably glowed – gratefully, I would have thought - in the dark. While I was never entirely comfortable with spraying, all of the accepted farming dogma insisted that a carefully followed spray schedule was necessary to produce good crops. I was a good grower, I followed the directions carefully.
Eventually, I gave up standard commercial growing and all the chemical pesticide and fungicide formulas. I couldn’t justify poisoning myself any longer, even for perfect looking food. I also couldn’t justify poisoning the frogs, toads, dragonflies, water, earth and air. The list of victims, the collateral damage, was endless. The results were becoming obvious, even on a small farm like ours. Amphibians of all sorts - frogs, toads - and many of the lovely insects we liked – bees, butterflies, fireflies- were scarce. We began creating meadow spaces across the farm, half an acre here and there, where clover, Queen Anne’s Lace and other wild flowering plants could flourish, hoping to lure back and nurture some of what had been damaged.
But let me point out that what never became scarce were the original offenders, the Japanese Beetles, the whiteflies, the hornworms – all of the munching, tearing, sucking, piercing horde that made gardeners like me take to poisons in the first place. The newly available organic sprays worked to an extent, but I was now the caretaker and defender not only of my plants but also of the beneficial insects I worked so hard to encourage. The new sprays were equally lethal to those newly beloved friends. What to do?
And so it came down to hand-to-hand combat, mano a mano with the bug world. Where I once wandered ladylike, gently wafting airborne particles across the garden, I now crept clumsily, eyes narrowed, ready to pounce. I’ve become a one-woman SWAT team for bugs. I’ve graduated from gently knocking insects into water-and-soap filled containers, flicking them down with genteel distaste, to removing them with glove covered hands (and stomping on them) and finally, now, to quickly and casually squishing them with my bare fingers as I move through watering and weeding. I squint into the leaves and I pounce. I pinch a pair of mating Japanese Beetle and feel a grim satisfaction as the shells crack. No grubs will come from that pair to destroy my plants next summer. I move a waiting mantis and flatten the nearby berry-eating stinkbug. I’d leave him for the mantis but she takes too long. She can have the ones my eyes don’t see.
All of this brings pest control down to a very personal war zone. I have to take personal, individual responsibility for every tiny life I’m taking. I don’t like it. Not only the squishy, icky parts of it, but also not the karmic, I-can’t-pretend-I-don’t-know-what-I’m-doing part of it. We are locked in a fight for food, these bugs and me. This is what the natural world dictates; this is what it all boils down to. For one to eat, another may not. And it is always this way. When I buy ‘conventional’ produce at the grocery store, I know that somewhere a field has been sprayed and resprayed, like bombers spraying over the far-away jungles we heard about when I was younger. Thousands have died there. Here in my garden, death is selective. If I can move the offenders to a different plant, less desirable to me, then we share. If they are too greedy, too voracious, if the plant is suffering and my crop – the whole purpose of the endeavor – is damaged, then we move to ultimatums. They bite into a fruit; I pounce. They are ruthless in their pursuit of food. So am I.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Ray Bradbury described thunderstorms stalking across the landscape on lightning legs, a description that always comes to mind when I watch night-time rainstorms. The electrical power went out, darkening the house as though the storm would allow to competition for its pulsing light display. Two inches of rain, eight hours of power outage. Uncomfortable but worth suffering rather than sending any poor lineman out into that dark wind and rain.
Amazingly, the daylilies stood valiantly through the night and all blossoms were high and brave this morning. Some of the tetraploid hybrids have such huge blooms that I'd assumed all stems would be broken. A storm that snaps trees -- but the lilies survive. Brave plants! I hope the several mockingbird nests did as well. There's one in a large variegated, tree-form ligustrum that hangs over my head when I'm puttering in the daylilies and its occupant, intently mothering in the nest over my head, has been hissing and squawking at me daily. Last summer the mockingbirds were so irate and protective that walking to the barn required taking a tennis racket to wave for protection. (I never actually swatted a Mocker, of course, but the dratted bird-parents were determined to connect with my head!)
Monday, June 8, 2009
For years, I've used a weather diary to track not only the precipation and temperature but also the changes that move through our gardens. One coincidence of timing is the match between the blooming of the Chinese Chestnuts and the arrival of the Japanese Beetles. Regardless of the weather, these two have almost pefect synchronicity. The Chestnuts bloomed this weekend. The beetles should be out in noticeable numbers by mid-week. I have the diatomaceous earth and Surround kaolin spray ready to apply before the voracious coleopterans munch their way through my plantings.
This is the advantage of keeping garden records. After a while, you begin to notice how the events turn, hand in hand, throughout the season. Soon, the parade of events, how one thing heralds the appearance of another, becomes clear and expected. "How did you know that would be next?" friends inquire. "Experience and observation", the gardener replies. And she means it.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Well, spring has sprung and the beetles have begun appearing all over the farm... and all over my precious plants. Some Coleopterans (beetles) I value and protect (when I can), like our bright Ladybugs, but many others, are here to drill into the trees, worm under the bark, eat the leaves, lay eggs to hatch larvae to eat everything.... ah, it's amazing how much damage they can create across a property. There are over 300,000 distinct species of beetles and the parade of them is relentless. Did you know that across North America, there are over 400 species of what-we-call Ladybug or Ladybird beetles? I try to be fair and forgiving of most living things, but I'm working to get a lot more savvy about beetles since I've started seeing serious bark beetle and ambrosia beetle damage in our fruit trees. The trick is to learn who's who, so I'm targeting the damaging insects and not the helpers.
It's interesting that it is usually the beetle larvae who are either the heroes or the villains -- the adults become the visual clue to the presence, now or later, of those larvae. I discovered a few seasons ago that I'd been diligently wiping the bright yellow eggs of the Ladybugs off my plant leaves, which explained why I wasn't getting any wierd little orange "alligators" (larvae) to eat my aphids. On the other hand, they aren't the only orange egg layers and things get really crazy. The key, always, always, seem to be continued observation, slowly getting to know who's who in all their stages.
When the famous evolutionary scientist, J.B.S. Haldane was asked "What has the study of biology taught you about the Creator, Dr. Haldane?", he replied, "I'm not sure, but He seems to be inordinately fond of beetles."
Monday, May 4, 2009
Drop-off sites are being set up across the region so that as our gardens come into full production, there will be places you can easily donate produce from your garden to help your local Food Bank. This year, with the financial crisis and resulting job layoffs, Food Banks are supplying more hungry Hampton Roads residents than ever.
You already know that nothing beats the taste and nutrition of freshpicked vegetables and fruits. Growing and eating from your own garden can improve your health, save you money, increase your sustainability, and decrease your carbon footprint. And now, just as important, your garden can help a lot of people in need. By donating produce directly to the food agencies, gardeners help organizations stretch their meager resources. Fresh produce is often lacking from the diets of economically challenged families because canned or processed foods are easier for humanitarian organizations to obtain and store. During the summer, at least, we can change that, making sure that area children have access to the same wonderful vegetables and fruits that we harvest from our gardens.
There is a new page on the http://www.usefulgardens.com/ website to assist the local PAR campaigns. As drop-off sites are finalized, the information will be posted on our Plant A Row for the Hungry webpage. This year, you don't have to wonder what to do with all those extra tomatoes, squash, beans, figs or other garden bounty -- donate them so that less fortunate folks in our communities will have some delicious, fresh vegetables on their tables.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
The Pungo farms, Henleys and Bakers, were picked out by the end of the weekend but email messages from Tom Baker reassure customers that by mid-week the berries will be ready for another early harvest.
This is the best of the best of Buy Local - so don't miss it! If you need directions and info for any of the farms, go directly to the website: http://www.vbgov.com/file_source/dept/agriculture/Document/Strawberryguide.pdf for contact information and a map showing where all the farms and fields are located.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Our outside salad beds, where our poor lettuces had been battered for two days with strong winds, were well watered before sundown and covered with a light Reemay-type row cover.* Watering raised bed and container plants before a frost offers a little additional stress protection. The water drops release heat as they cool and freeze - that light coating helps prevent dessication of the leaves. The water also protects the roots which are more exposed in raised beds and containers than they would be in ground.
*FYI, after much searching, I finally found floating row cover, which also protects plants from insects such as squash borers and cabbage moths in a useful size (5x50') locally at Anderson's Greenhouse in Newport News.
On the good side of cold weather, I noticed some early season aphids on daylily clumps - perhaps the frost will knock those early insects out. I doubt it however, the aphids will hunker down in the center of the clump where the heat of the plant itself will protect them. (Yes, a growing plant really does release heat!)
In the unheated greenhouse, the temperature sank to the 40's. The trays of seedlings on the benches were tucked into the same kind of light cover. After listening to Dr. Andy Hankins (VSU) talk about farming projects using direct planted,unheated greenhouses (hoop houses), I believe next spring I'll move the benches out and put the seedling flats smack on the floor of the greenhouse, after the ground warms, so that their roots are protected by the warm ground . (sigh) It's just so much easier to work with the seedlings at waist height, rather than ankle height....
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Lettuce is remarkable easy to grow and transplants well. Even the small plants make delicious salads and with a cut-and-come-again planting, you can enjoy several salad harvests from each planting. The photo shows a flat of our romaine lettuce seedlings on their way out to the garden for planting. We like "Little Gem", a little cos type romaine that forms a small, compact head perfect for a personal salad. We also grow several of the lettuce/mesclun (greens) seed mixes so that we have a varied and lovely salad selection. Cooks Garden (http://www.cooksgarden.com) is one of the best suppliers of gourmet lettuce seed. I love that their lettuce and greens are organized not only by flavor but also by season.The little window box salad garden pictures is one we created to give as a gift. Despite the small size, the box contains a dozen assorted salad greens including several lettuces and arugula. By cutting the plants and allowing them to regrow, this little garden will supply a number of salads. You know, one of the most expensive "gourmet" items in the supermarkets these days are the pre-cut, "baby greens" in those fancy, unrecyclable containers. For just pennies, you can grow your own salad greens in any handy container from now until the truly warm weather arrives. To extend your lettuce season, move the container into the shade when the temperatures hit 80 and be sure to keep the soil gently moist.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
How many kinds of potatoes are available? I checked in at The Potato Garden online to see their variety list. It is amazing. Take a look: http://www.potatogarden.com/id68.html
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Well, here is this spring's first crisis. The kerosene heater we used to the hoop house warm to protect the lettuce and greens malfunctioned during the night. When we came out the next morning to turn it off, the greenhouse interior looked like the inside of a chimney - solid black, greasy soot. Over everything. Luckily the young plants had been covered by sheets for extra protection and were not coated. As soon as the weather warmed, the plants went outside and I tackled the first stage of the cleanup, removing the inside layer of poly sheeting so badly coated with soot. I stopped midway and took this photo, figuring that you might enjoy (ha!) seeing the mess I had to contend with. The clear plastic visible is the outer layer of a (formerly) bi-layer insulation. The black streaks are on the inner layer, now being removed. The mess is everything I tossed onto tables and out of the way.
Now, surely this is going to make someone feel better about whatever discouraged them in the garden this month.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
I've been out this week planting sugar pod peas in the raised beds, fingers crossed all the while. We've started lettuce, mesclun mix and spring spinach in flat "trugs" in the greenhouse. These sturdy, plastic containers, about 2'x3' with 8" high sides, are actually the large, flat trays sold in the home improvement stores for mixing cement. We drill holes in the bottom for drainage and they make wonderful, very large planting flats. There are electric heat mats under the mats, bedsheets over for a bit of insulation (not the best, but the clear plastic hoop house is also insulation). Tonight, Feb. 20th, promises to be very, very cold out here in the country. The stars and moon are very clear, so we'll have a lot of radiative heat loss. I'll be checking those weather monitoring sites for comparison with the recording thermometer on our barn!
The tomato gardeners are way ahead of me and discussions on variety choices and starting methods are on the Useful Gardens group page. Gardener Nancy reports "Sungold is certainly a winner in my household. too. Other than Sungold, I have slowly switched over to heirloom varieties, finding the flavor superior. I haven't started my seeds yet either, but plan to this weekend. I have florescent lights set up in my garage. I start the seeds on a heat mat, sowing them thickly in tiny containers. Once germinated, they can handle the cooler temps in the garage, although they will grow slowly until it warms up a bit. After about 3 weeks I transplant them into 6 packs. In early April I start leaving them out outside to harden [bringing them in if we have a cold snap or unusual storms]. I sow seeds over about a four week period, and start putting plants in the ground Mid- April through Mid -May. Varieties that have done well for me include Cherokee Purple, Box Car Willie, Aker's West Virginia and Heidi. "
I always have to grow some heirloom vegetables just for the wonderful names.
One of my new varieties for this year's garden is a tomato - my seeds just arrived for Burpee's new "Sweet Seedless Hybrid Tomato". It's described by the catalog copy poets as being "the perfect balance of flavor and sweetness, meat and gel, solid firmness and juiciness" - while being seedless and disease resistant. As a rule, I'm with Nancy - I like vegetables that I can save seed from, open pollinated and not copyrighted by a corporation. But we have family members with diverticulitis and I'm hoping this variety may save endless picking of seeds from tomatoes.
Incidentally, one of the questions I used to ask my beginning horticulture students was this: "If seedless watermelons have no seeds, where did the Seedless Watermelon seeds in this packet come from?" Hopefully, all of you know the answer. If you haven't pondered it, the clue is hybrid.
Shazam! You just find your closest location, click on the little number and the site pops up. You can bookmark it and follow along at your leisure. I have now been meandering through the sites for a good hour....
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Today, I burned off the asparagus bed. Yes, I know that's not the same as carefully composting the remains (which I do with most of the post harvest garden foliage), but this method was given to me as a preventive for some of the fungi that can affect asparagus and which seemed to take out some of our spears last spring. My asparagus grows in a 4x8' raised bed, easy to control, and it took about 90 seconds to crisp off the remaining dead fronds. Nice hot little blaze that gave off little smoke and I suspect did a fine job of roasting any pathogens in the exposed debris. I'd rather do a quick, clean burnoff than drench the bed in fungicides, no? Now I can lay down a nice, thick mulch layer to keep the roots cool and moist through the spring. We love fresh-picked asparagus, snapped off from the base and eaten on the spot, crunchy all the way to the tip. Delicious!
Incidentally, asparagus roots generally show up for sale in the early spring, so check for the at Southern States, Virginia Beach Feed & Seed or any of the garden centers or catalogs. No matter how I try to get the "male only" varieties listed, there are females in the bunch - discernable by the lovely bright red berries in the fall. I'd "weed them out" but the little finches and such seem to love them, so I figure this way the bed feeds both me and the wild birds. Asparagus are long-lived perennials, so follow the many online instructions for planting (see links below) in rich, well-drained but moist soil. Takes a couple of years before you harvest them (the first growth is to supply the root system, don't get greedy) but, after that, wonderful harvests!
Even though this is out of our area, it's a wonderfully clear instruction set for asparagus:
Asparagus Culture in the Home Garden
The web community Home.com has an interesting set of articles on asparagus, including a photo of someone's asparagus hedge! Home.com on Asparagus
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
As always, please be creative, considerate and kind in your comments and posts.