April In The Vegie Patch

When to Call it Quits Winter draws ever closer, and tough choices need to be made. Do you have enough room for all your winter crops or does something have to give. Is it time for summer crops to go? And time is of the essence people, anytime soon the weather will turn and the […]

When Summer Doesn’t Come, Make A Plan B

To cheer myself up last week, I lit the bonfire while I gardened. It was such a gloomy day. It was mid summer, and I was gardening in jeans. The fire lifted my spirits. For those of us out west and south, this is not a normal February in the garden. Normally we’d be drowning […]

Pump Up Your Fruit Production

Today I’m sharing a September task that’ll really up your fruit production. Oh so simple – tie all those branches with vertical tendencies, down. Tying branches down opens your trees for light and air, and inspires loads more fruitful wood. (This lovely picture by Steve Howell from my “Beginners Guide To Pruning Fruit Trees” book) […]

Make an Autumn Compost and Plant a Winter Bounty

Greetings all, There’s a few important jobs us food gardeners must take care of this month, and then, glory be, we can slow down a pace. Make as much compost as you can for your spring gardens, store and preserve your harvest in ways most useful to your family, and plant and sow the last […]