Tag: pole beans
Two-bit Guru | Speaking to Plants | Photo of pak choy gone to seed

When I wrote about picking raspberries I realized that when I’m in the garden, or encouraging seedlings in the house in the spring for that matter, I spend much time speaking to the plants. I compliment the tomatoes on their abundance, and the pole beans on their lovely appearance. The raspberries themselves get a lot […]

When, decades ago, I first heard about the Devas, I thought the people who dreamed them up must have been crazy, stupid, drugged, impractical, or all four. It wasn’t only the Devas. It was the nature deities and the elementals as well, gnomes, undines, sylphs, and salamanders (apparently not the salamanders from biology class but […]

View Part I here. Still, no rain. I can’t recall a time when we’ve gone so long without rain. Nor can I recall a time when it’s been so hot. A few days ago I drove several miles away from Lake Michigan. The temperature was 103º F. I believe this is the highest natural temperature […]

Part of the gardening cycle for me each year is to create the ideal support for pole beans and tomatoes. In the past I have used fence posts, twine, limbs trimmed from trees and bushes, wire tomato rings, salvaged bed frames, and probably a few other things I’ve forgotten. Last year’s device was a framework […]

The Grandkids arrived several days ago from Dublin, with laptop, toys, and parents in tow. The kids are thoroughly immersed in the modern technological world. They know downloads, streaming video, Minecraft, Scratch, and Poisson Rouge. They keep me up to date as to what’s going on with the younger set. On their second day with […]

Here’s a look at what’s going on with Garden Cam 2. You can read Part I here. You can see parts of the 3 rows on this camera. The second raspberry plot is at the bottom of the frame. The raspberry canes are about 2 feet high now. The semi-dwarf Honeycrisp apple tree is toward […]

We spend time in the summer growing produce and then spend time in the winter cooking it up and eating it. Not a bad arrangement. There are folks willing to point out that a person would do better spending the time earning money and spending the money at the grocery store. No matter how you […]

We did this video blog in about as unprepared a way as you could imagine. No script, no thought, just aim the camera and shoot. You can see that a lot of care went into my wardrobe, too. We plan on doing more video, although this time of year isn’t the best for showing off […]

Warning: This post is about simple garden harvest routines, no secrets about how to grow 500-pound pumpkins or 7,000 cherry tomatoes on one vine, no inside information on turning a roughly 2% of an acre garden plot into a $100,000-a-year business. We start with carrots. Last weekend I harvested carrots from the garden, a little […]

Frowning at my garden, the only stodgy, grumbly neighbor I have says, “Why do you grow all that stuff when you could just go to the grocery store?” Because, when I step outside there’s no grocery store but there is a garden. Of course I don’t think to say this until weeks after the neighbor’s […]