October 2008

Here are some of the posts I really enjoyed reading this week. As there is less and less work to do outside, there is more and more time to read gardening blogs!

  • Winter-Blooming Annuals to Help Your Garden Shine: Gen has some great tips for how to use winter-blooming annuals and also some plant recommendations. I think she is right that you can get away with guadier flowers in Winter and early Spring than you can the rest of the year. It’s been so foggy in my neck of the woods, stuff with really bright flowers or foliage really grabs your attention (in a nice way).
  • A Quick Seasonal Container Idea Using a Pumpkin Instead of a Plant: Sharon posted a photo of a container she saw at Roger’s Gardens (a pricey nursery is South Orange County, CA) that used a blonde pumpkin in place of a focal point plant.
  • Pumpkin Seeds Are Good For Ya: Marye writes about all the good things the seeds from the pumpkin decorating your balcony can do. They can help you fight colds, lower your cholesterol, and…You’ll have to click over to find out the rest.
  • How to Grow Garlic on Your Porch: Cindy responded to an emailer’s question about growing garlic in a pot. With economic times pinching a lot of pockets, growing your own food, is a smart choice.
  • Recession Proof Gardening: Stewart provides a link round up and philosophical point of view about gardening when financial times are tough.

p.s. Bah Humbug! I hate Halloween!!!

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The Decision

by Fern on October 30, 2008

in Fall Gardening,Fruits & Vegetables

I apologize for the ominous title, but cutting off some of my tomato plant’s flowers was a difficult decision for me to make. You see, I grew this tomato plant from seed. I fertilized it every week, watered it regularly, I bought it a special, really tall pot so it could send it’s roots deep into the soil. I picked off caterpillars and directed lady bugs to eat smaller pests.

I really pampered this tomato plant, and my effort was rewarded with three stems of flowers, with 7-14 flowers each. I was going to have around 30+ tomatoes!

So why in the world would I cut off the flowers? Well, even Southern California’s beautiful weather has its limits. It is cooling down here and I was afraid my beloved tomato plant wouldn’t have enough energy to finish growing all the tomatoes. So I sacrificed a few of the flowers that haven’t yet started to set fruit, so that the plant could concentrate its effort on growing the tomatoes that are already started.

What would I have done with 30+ tomatoes in November anyway?!

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Great Herb Window Box Advice

October 29, 2008

Check out this article about growing herbs in windowboxes from Herb Companion Magazine. While it is technically for outdoor windowboxes, I think you could easily adapt the advice in the article for an indoor windowbox for a sunny window sill. Lots of good stuf, definitely check it out!

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Anyone Can Grow Iris in a Container

October 29, 2008

As someone with legal training, I’m hesitant to make such a broad claim, but I am pretty sure I am safe with this one:* Anyone can grow Iris in a pot. If you can add water when the soil is dry, you can have a beautiful one of these… Photo by **Mary** The ideal time […]

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October 28, 2008

Psst. Yeah, you there. Are you on Facebook? I just joined and I have all of 11 friends. Help a girl out….

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Outdoor Furniture Sale @ West Elm

October 28, 2008

Check it out if you need an umbrella or tables and chairs or even a cool outdoor mat.

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Would You Pay $800 for Someone to Plant Vegetables?

October 28, 2008

In the current issue of Sunset Magazine (a U.S. West Coast Home and Garden Magazine) there is an article about an “Urban Farmer for Hire.” Basically, this guy comes to your house and for $800 he plants a 120 sq. ft. vegetable garden and for $25/week he comes buy and maintains it for you. If […]

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Grow Your Own Food So Your Kids Will Eat Healthily

October 27, 2008

I just read a shocking fact. Fifty-nine percent of American children are either overweight or obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s such a huge number, I’ll let it sink in for a moment: three out of every five children in America is unhealthy. Photo by Stitch Now that you’ve had […]

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How to Move With Your Plants

October 25, 2008

Master Gardener Julie Bawden Davis has these tips for moving with potted plants: Wait to water your plants until they arrive at the new location. Secure the soil in the pot by putting crumpled newspaper in the pot and taping it in place Use green garden tape to secure the limbs of large plants to […]

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Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes

October 24, 2008

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe, mostly because I haven’t been cooking much myself. To get back in the swing of things, I will definitely be making up a batch of these potatoes this weekend. This is a great go-to recipe when you want a more interesting side dish. You can cut […]

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