We like to start our tomatoes indoors, from seed, about six weeks before they will be planted into the garden. For us in zone 8b, we will plant tomatoes in the garden around the first week of May, so we start our plants around March 15th. For starting our tomatoes indoors, we use a store […]
Last year I took on a challenge: growing sweet potatoes in the Pacific Northwest, known for being cool and rainy. I’m actually located right near Portland, OR, but across the river in wetter Washington State. People hinted to me that it wouldn’t work. Might as well find out, right? I started with organic sweet potatoes form […]
Join me for a quick tour of the garden. Our eggplants are just starting to produce, and our sungold tomatoes are over 7 feet tall!
Join me for a quick tour of the Quarter Acre Homestead. See what we are growing in our garden this year, our fruit trees, our chicken coop, and even a baby opossum. Please let me know your methods for killing field bindweed organically!
Leeks are often overlooked in North America, which is a pity given their wonderfully mild flavor, cold hardiness, and health benefits. They are actually quite easy to grow but do need extra nitrogen for best results. Join me in this episode to see what growing leeks is all about!
Since potatoes grow underground, it can seem hard to know when they are ripe or ready to be harvested. This episode shows how simple it really is. Potatoes are ready to be harvested once the plants start to blossom. Enjoy, and comment below with any questions!
I am quite pleased with the way my lettuce is doing this year. In the past, I have dealt with slugs eating all my lettuce (at my old house), as well as bitter-tasting lettuce. This year the lettuce is sweet and crunchy! The secret is to grow lettuce early, in the cool of spring, and […]
In this episode, I teach you how I build my pole bean trellises. I’m very frugal, so doing things for free is my preference. For this project, all you need is some old pipe or boards, some lightweight wire, t-stakes, and yarn. This pole bean trellis is guaranteed to hold your beans up, and look […]