Confessions of a Mason Bee Keeper

Hi there! As promised in my last post, here is a story behind the solitary bee house I now have on my balcony. I have been contemplating beekeeping for a while. I mean, the bees are great pollinators, they are in trouble (with the rest of our planet's insects), and you may get some honey …

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Welcome! (It’s The Fire Escape Garden Tour)

Hi everyone and welcome to May! It recently dawned on me that I have never posted anything like a "virtual tour" of my fire escape balcony, even though it is the main focus of this blog. So better now than never, this post will take care of that mistake! As always, my intent is to …

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How to test your compost (for persistent herbicides)

Hello everyone! It's that time of the year again - soil amendment time, and you know what my favorite amendment is, right? It's compost! Many people are blessed with enough space to have a compost pile in their yard, but even they probably don't make enough for all their garden needs. One simply can not …

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Carrots in bottles? Why not!

Hi everyone! Yes, you've read it right, I am trying to grow carrots in plastic bottles this year. I did not come up with the idea, though.  Horti Hugo invented this some time ago and also introduced the #carrotbottles hashtag on twitter. Now, everyone has their own reason for growing carrots in bottles, and here …

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Spring worm bin maintenance: they survived winter!

Hello everyone! A week ago I decided I am brave enough to remove all winter fortifications and open up the worm bin to see if any of the wigglers made it through the winter. I have been pessimistic, because I kept an eye on the temperature inside the bin, and there were a couple of …

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My favorite seed suppliers

Happy Spring everyone! I can't believe it's finally here! I'm a bit late to the seed-purchasing extravaganza this season, but just in case you are not finished shopping yet, I'd like to share with you where I buy my seeds and why. Disclaimer: I receive no profits or products from any of the companies mentioned …

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Starting plants with tender taproot indoors

We've all seen that note on the seed pack: "starting indoors not recommended". Oftentimes this is because the plants have tender taproots, which end up being damaged when transplanting. Seasoned gardeners (myself not included) manage to transplant those just fine - I guess, they have magic hands... The rest of us can just wait till …

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My feeble attempts at seed organizing

For me, as for most gardeners, late winter is that time of the year: sifting through piles of seed packets, wondering if there are any more hiding somewhere in the house. This year I decided to come up with a unified system to organize and store all my seed - purchased and home-saved, and here …

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Transplanting baby geraniums

The geranium seedlings I've sown a month ago are growing up nicely, so I decided it's time to transplant them. There are a few opposing opinions on when/if to transplant seedlings from sprouting trays to bigger pots. If these were peppers, tomatoes or pretty much anything I've grown so far, I'd keep growing them in …

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