Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Plant Seeds. Grow Plants!

Planted 3 days ago.
Plant seeds. Because life is busy and while you are busy with your other commitments, the seeds will take care of their work too. Seeds grow into plants. That is their work and just like kids and parents, they won't interrupt you while they are busy doing their work.

This picture shows the seeds at the 3 day mark.

Take the seed packet and your coffee and walk outside to that place where you were supposed to plant the garden, and sprinkle the seeds on the soil. Come back in three days and you will have plants growing!  Little, tiny plants, but plants! And they will get bigger while you are busy with your life.

Today is a great day to do that too because it is supposed to rain. You won't have to water and birds won't come out in the rain and eat your seeds.

So, plant some seeds today. This time next week, you will be growing plants! All in 5 minutes, today.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kitchen Garden Haiku

How to build a raised bed -Greens
Oh Kitchen Garden
Bring forth your tasty veggies
I need some to eat

BTW: Feel free to add your good news to this post because it is a great post, although it is not mine : Looking For Happiness

And if you want to know how to build a super easy, raised bed, click the link under the picture.  

Sunday, April 12, 2015

How To Keep Cats Out Of The Garden, Dogs Out Of The Garden, Chickens Out Of The Garden

Keep the cats, dogs, chickens out of the garden with sticks.

The sticks don't have to be long or heavy, but you will need a lot of them. Stab them into the soil of the garden around each of your plants, then fill in the remaining garden area by sticking them (pun intended) in a grid with 2-3 inches between sticks.

There are shallots planted in the above bed. they are very small - perfect scratch and peck size for chickens.

The photo below shows onions that were getting the scratch and peck. See the big patch of naked soil in the middle? It didn't get any bigger because I put sticks in the way. 

The cat also doesn't lay on or dig potty holes among the sticks.

You are welcome! Heart U, Plant Junkies! Check out the YouTube channel: CaleysKitchenGarden!

Saturday, April 11, 2015


Remember the leeks? The seeds were on sale because it was summer? I wrote a Haiku about leeks

They are ready.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Start The Seeds

It's time to start the seeds.
Low overnight temps of 14 degrees are expected in our neck of the woods this week. 

Start the seeds.

Because starting seeds is not about the temperature. It is about day lengths and...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Anthropology of Lettuce

Red Romaine
The fall vegetables are in various stages of their life cycles.  A closer study will yield a wealth of information for gardeners of every level.  Don't be intimidated.  Fall vegetables are hard to kill.  This information is only going to fine-tune your garden.  For simplicity's sake they will all be called lettuces.

These lettuces were planted about a month ago.  Remember post about fall seed suggestions?   These were some of the same varieties that supported my garden center each fall and were sold wholesale as bedding plants in Charleston.  If you bought watercress bedding plants from Abide-A-While, Hyams or Cross Seed in Charleston, they came from my greenhouse.

A few differences in technique have slowed the lettuce development in the non-professional world.  Here 'ya go: