January In The Vegie Patch + Autumn Crops A Go Go

January is an opportunity to extend our summer crops. To create a lovely continuity after our current crops call it quits. Successional planting/ sowing is the proper name. Let’s just call it – not going hungry, little and often planting, or production plus  And while we’re at it, let’s think about dinner in Autumn. Let’s […]

December In The Vegie Patch

A daily stroll is your secret garden weapon this December. Catching problems when they’re small makes for simple solutions = a peaceful easy life.  Pinching little laterals off your tomatoes and peppers leaves tiny wounds that heal in a flash and prevent viruses and bacteria getting in. Squashing little groups of aphids or a few […]

How to Prune Toms, Peppers, Cukes + Melons

A single leader tomato is a very fine thing.  Easy to stake. Easy to pick. Easy to spot pests. Easy to spray. But most important of all in my high rainfall not reliably hot climate – plenty of airflow and sun for best health + ripening. Tomato Laterals + How to Remove Them The shoot […]

How to Grow Shell-out Beans

Shell-out beans are the beans you grow for seed to use in soups and stews. They are such a star crop! Input to output ratio swings firmly in the output camp. Productive in a little space, demand little from the soil, are a good value vegetable protein and require no preserving at all – just […]