I dug out the Spinach plant box last week. It was quite an experience. And, it reminded me of philosophical conversations with my grandfather. I had snipped off the dense spinach growth right above the soil level and then had let the box sit for a couple of weeks hoping for the roots to … Continue reading Of Roots and Shoots!
Garden Wars Episode II: Attack of the Weeds came out last night and I got a front row seat to the red carpet premier. Luckily, I had weeded the majority of the garden a couple weeks back, so the only ones that remained were tiny ones that didn't yet have any seed pods. After a … Continue reading Soil Enhancements and Some Progress
It was finally time to remove the garlic; they are currently in the drying process. I dug up the soil and mixed in some new soil (for more information on how to do this, please read: Starting a Garden). After compacting and watering the soil mixture, I planted parsley, dill, english thyme, eggplant, okra, and some … Continue reading Old Beds, New Plants.
If I hadn't mentioned it earlier, I used redwood boards to build the planting bed that you see in the picture. Both redwood and cedar work, but redwood is likely to remain durable for a longer time and be more resistant to rotting. The wood normally takes on a dull and brown colored appearance, but … Continue reading Peppered Up!
Two bush bean seedlings that I planted only a few weeks back have already given me quite a large yield. The ones I decided to harvest ranged anywhere from 4 to 6 inches in length and I cut them around a centimeter up the stem. We got around a pound of beans, and … Continue reading Backyard Bush Bean Bonanza!
The first step in making a garden is a place to grow your plants. Find an area that is nice and flat. If you cant, then dig away dirt until you have a level surface. As you can see in the picture below, make sure there are some grooves in the ground in which the … Continue reading Starting a Garden: A [insert number]-Step Guide!
Alright, I didn't run up the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but I did complete the planting box (right). First, I cut each of the wooden planks to size: 4 feet. Then I cut each of the 2 by 2s into 14 inch long beams. I placed three boards together, effectively one … Continue reading Boxing Better Than Balboa
I've got a problem. There's no more space left in my garden. Well, let me rephrase. There's plenty of space, just not enough of that space is populated by planting beds. I still have many seedlings still either in pots or in the plastic containers from the nursery and need to get them into beds … Continue reading Thinking in the Box
Basil goes well with almost anything. You can use it as a garnish in Thai food, as a topping in pizza, throw it in a sandwich, and make a broth out of it for a soup. With great versatility comes great variety, as there are more than 50 different kinds of basil plants. I already … Continue reading Green and Purple
Breaking News! One cherry tomato plant and two beefsteak tomatoes were just given sentences of 40 days to life. On the scene reporters claim that their vines were making them too hard for Kabir to handle and they needed to be restrained. All jokes aside, today I brought home some tomato cages for the three … Continue reading Locked Up!