August 13, 2019

4 Tips for Small Space Gardening

Written by Mike Podlesny Just because you lack large amounts of space does not mean that you cannot grow a lot of the fresh fruits vegetables and herbs you consume. As long as you have an area that receives at least 4 hours of sunlight daily, is easy for you to water, you should be good to go.  Here are a few tips to help you get great results with small space gardening: GROW UP One of the best tips […]

Start Now for Fall Onions

Onions are a great crop for your home vegetable garden. You have plenty of choices, and they are very easy to grow directly from seed. Onions are also an excellent candidate to grow in containers, as some varieties such as the bunching types, take up very little space.
Tips for starting your fall onions […]

What To Do If You Cannot Grow A Garden

This post originally appeared in The Rural Economist I am blessed, because nearly everyday I come in contact with someone who tells me they’re starting their first garden ever. But every now and then, someone tells me that they cannot have a garden because of where they live. They want to have a garden, but do not know how to do it without getting in trouble. So I ask myself,” How would I go about starting a garden with these […]

Gardening in the City

Gardening in the City, Guest Post by Garret Stembridge Living in a city doesn’t mean you have to forgo your love of gardening. Regardless of whether you enjoy growing flowers for decoration or fruits and vegetables for consumption, virtually every home – no matter the size – has space available for gardening. Of course, living in a tiny apartment may require a little creativity, but there are many ways to convert urban living spaces into a gardener’s oasis. Consider Your […]

Apartment Garden

Tomatoes This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I mentioned in a previous Monday Musings I started the apartment garden.  The day I started the garden our area had a cold front, and temperatures were down in the low 30s (that’s cold for Houston this time of year).  I had to keep the plants indoors at night, and took them out for sun during the day.  Now that it’s warming up again, I can leave them outside. Oregano and thai […]

Balcony Garden Struggles

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com It’s not even summer yet and the balcony garden is showing signs of difficulty.  The above photo shows the cilantro after a day of 95 degree heat. I will need to start watering twice daily instead of once to see if I can save this one. The mint leaves which were lush and healthy just a few days ago seem to have gotten attacked by some kind of pest that is eating the […]

Does the Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter Work?

Planting season is in full swing in many areas so I thought I’d cover one of the more frequently asked questions I get about balcony gardens.  The question is whether those hanging tomato planters such as the widely advertised Topsy Turvy works.  As you have seen, I have tried this planter myself.  (Please note:  I do not have a financial interest in the Topsy Turvy, nor do I endorse the product – it is just something that I experimented)  Not […]

Don’t Throw it Out: Growing Vegetables from Trash

A couple of months ago, I posted about an Herb that was Grown from Trash that generated a lot of interest.  The experiment worked so well I still have fresh green onions I can use anytime. One of the comments (thanks Alison!) mentioned it is possible to try this with celery.   So I decided to try it the next time I had celery. I used up the celery and only the stump was left.  Usually I throw this out in […]

The Herb that was Grown from Trash

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com This year I am going to make an effort to avoid wasting food.  I made a salad and had used up a bundle of scallions, except for the root which I had left in the refrigerator for a couple of days.  I was about to toss these soggy roots into the trash when I decided to see if they would grow back: If you have never used scallions, they have a mild onion […]

Revisiting the Balcony Garden

I posted a while back my balcony garden did not fare so well in the intense heat we had the last several months. Now that the fall weather is finally upon is, I have another chance.  Experienced gardeners tell me Texas actually has two growing seasons, one in the spring, and one in the fall.  We’re down to 80 degrees in the daytime, and mid-50s at night. So I decided to give the garden another shot.  This time I am […]

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