The October Garden

The October garden in South Central Indiana is both on the wane and the upswing this month. Chilly evenings and mornings not quite frosty yet have worked their seasonal magic with flowers, veggies, and greens. Zinnias tower over 6 feet tall and their lower leaves are succumbing to powdery mildew. Marigolds have grown so heavy […]

Arugula Microgreens

Have you ever unintentionally grown an entire crop of something? I mean, I’ve had the errant volunteer dill/tomato/even tomatillo plant happen, but this year… This year I have an abundance of tiny little arugula plants taking up about 3×4 feet of one of my raised beds as well as a section of spaces between paving […]

Garden Update — July

Because who doesn’t like a garden update for comparison’s sake, or simply in the interest of following along? In this post I’ll show and tell you what I have growing. Tomatoes and Peppers: I have 7 pepper plants and I think just as many tomato plants going now. Some are in containers and some are […]

How to Trench Compost

You might think that are certain prerequisites to being a greener gardener, such as no pesticides and a big compost pile. Well, gardening is more adaptable than you think, and while it’s better for the planet if you don’t use chemicals, you can skip the compost pile in favor of a different type of solution. […]

Plants Gone Wild — Petunias

Plants gone wild are those I consider to have defied their specified and contained existence set forth by humans. They are those that go on to do their own thing, never mind whence they came. They could pop up anywhere, at any time, like little flowery ninjas! They may have assistance from other forces of […]

Soapy Soap Company Kickstarter

A few years ago I posted a review of Soapy Soap Company’s Gardener’s Soap. I took a tour of their facility and was amazed at how high-tech and strategic their process was. I’ve bumped into them several times around town since then (it’s not hard to do–they’re everywhere!) and have continued to use and love […]

Nasturtium — Not Nasty, Just Nice

Nasturtium. Say it with me, “nas-TUR-shum.” It is an herb; a wonderful, beautiful, flowering herb with lilypad-like foliage and hibiscus-like blooms. Also? You can eat it. Guess what else? It’s a natural pest deterrent, discouraging evil invaders like slugs, caterpillars, and all kinds of things that love to eat your cabbages and cauliflowers. I started […]