Pickled garlic scapes – my favorite way to eat garlic scapes!

Hi there, fellow garden enthusiasts! This weekend I was surveying my community garden plot (I try to do it at least once a week, although daily observation is ideal) and lo and behold: I discovered that the garlic scapes were ready to harvest! This came as a bit of surprise, as I was not expecting …

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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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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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Some great weather and an unexpected weeding session

I'm afraid that I might jinx it by typing, but it looks like Spring may be on her way to Philly! The temperatures have been slowly climbing above freezing, so I am cautiously hopeful. This weekend I ventured into the community garden with the sole purpose of burying a batch of Bokashi-fermented kitchen scraps and …

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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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My keyhole garden bed

Sometime over the winter I've stumbled over a post describing the approach known as "keyhole gardens". You can find the details here, but in a nutshell, this is a practice of building self-sustainable garden beds (oftentimes circular) in small spaces. The sustainable part comes from a composting "tower" in the center of any keyhole garden. …

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Seed starting

Hi there fellow gardening enthusiasts! It's almost February, which means it's time to start some seeds. If you, like me, have limited space under grow lights, planning is key when it comes to starting seeds. I came to conclusion that, at least in Philadelphia, many varieties can be direct-sown, even though traditionally they are started …

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