Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sprout Dead Seeds In The...

Rain is your garden's best friend, best fertilizer, most exhilarating growth producer. Seeds that don't stand a chance of growing, stand a chance in the rain.

Spinach seeds are sprouting on the remains of a dead...

Monday, October 5, 2015

It's a Garden, Not a Grave

It started like this...
The strawberry bed was gone. Even the wooden edging that framed the raised bed could not be distinguished.

But the rain had come.
It rained again.
And again.
And again.

It rained so much, the lettuce was pale and stringy like it had been grown in the dark, because it was. No sun for weeks.

So the strawberry bed must be soft, right?
Oh yes. The strawberry bed was soft. 
Soupy oatmeal, the kind my kids skip breakfast about, with way too much water, is almost...

Sunday, October 4, 2015

How to Grow Carrots

Notice all the grass? Carrots don't mind.
Carrots grow easily, when they grow.
They can be finicky though, so if you are having some trouble, it's not you. It's the carrots.
Whole field of carrots!

You know that part in Pirates of the Caribbean when Jack Sparrow cheats in a sword fight against Will? And when Will gets mad, Jack shrugs and says, "Pirate." As if Will should assume that if he has any interaction with a pirate, it's a buyer beware kind of situation?

Yeah. Carrots.

They grow from seed, because they are root crops. Transplanting root crops is supposed to be unsuccessful. Don't believe that either, but start the carrots from seeds anyway. Right where they are going to live forever. Because it might take that long.

Or it might take six weeks. Carrots.

I thought they were dead, so I planted squash in the beautifully prepared bed. I did all that work, right? 

The squash came up. I was about to weed them....carrots. 

Carrot Growing Directions: