Okra really wasn’t a thing here in the north when I was a kid. I only remember my mom cooking it once – I think she bought it frozen – and we all thought it was pretty awful.
Welcome to my Pennsylvania garden! Be sure to scroll to the bottom to get a tour of 11 other gardens. How fun is that?
The June garden, for the most part, is a young garden. While the cool weather plants like onions, peas and broccoli have been in the ground for a month or two, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and okra were planted just a few short weeks ago.Continue Reading
Rhubarb, or Rheum rhabarbarum is a tasty spring and early summer treat. But only the stalks are edible. The level of oxalic acid is so high in the leaves that they are poisonous and cannot be eaten.
But that doesn’t mean that they need to be tossed in the trash. Here are 7 great ways to use rhubarb leaves:Continue Reading
Manure. You know what it is. Animal waste. It will often include the straw, hay, or wood shavings that are used as bedding for the animal and has absorbed the farm animal’s feces and urine. It’s been used for centuries as a slow-release fertilizer for farms and gardens.
Why Use Manure in Your Garden
Using manure in your garden builds organic matter, adds nutrients to your soil, and helps to increase microbial activity. It improves soil structure, drainage, and moisture retention.
The nitrogen in manure is not all immediately available. When soil organisms begin the decomposition process that nitrogen then becomes available. It’s a win-win situation with soil organisms and manure. They love each other.Continue Reading
Visit any vegetable garden and you’ll be sure to find a patch of tomato plants. They are a favorite for just about everyone. Even those who don’t like fresh tomatoes will want to learn more about growing tomatoes for sauce. Tomatoes are available in a seemingly endless number of varieties. I love to try at least one new variety each year. Continue Reading
Is this the year of your best vegetable garden harvest?
I’d like to introduce you to a backyard farmer in Brooklyn who focuses her work on finding organic garden hacks. Stacey Murphy grows, literally, tons of vegetables in just 500 square feet without breaking a sweat. From her unique perspective as a backyard farmer, she helps beginning growers, homesteaders, vegetable gardeners and permaculturists take action quickly and confidently. She has trained hundreds of teens and adults to adopt a lifestyle of growing their own vegetables proving that you CAN learn to be a green thumb.Continue Reading