I planted tomatoes too early

I planted tomatoes too early

Plants grow according to the weather, not according to the calendar. Plants grow according to the weather, not according to the calendar. Plants grow according to the weather, not according to the calendar. Here are my excuses: It was mid-March, a planting time that...
Can you start vegetable seeds in compost?

Can you start vegetable seeds in compost?

I’ve been starting my vegetable seeds in homemade compost for many years so when I hear someone say that this can’t be done, or shouldn’t be tried, I wonder about their reasons for saying so. In addition to hearing individual gardeners recommend against starting...
How tall can dinosaur kale get?

How tall can dinosaur kale get?

I planted this kale in December 2017, at about the same time that my daughter was born. The photo above was taken in February 2020, when both the kale and my daughter had recently turned two. At that age, my daughter could already run and climb rocks, but the dinosaur...
Growing peppers in Southern California

Growing peppers in Southern California

At the end of summer, peppers look better than anything else in my vegetable garden. Corn has been harvested and stalks are drying, tomatoes are getting brown leaves from the bottom up, but peppers remain verdant, and adorned by red, yellow, orange, brown, purple,...
What are root knot nematodes?

What are root knot nematodes?

I planted cucumbers on June 19 and expected them to take off in the warm weather and soil, but they kept wilting in the noonday sun. So I watered more. They continued to wilt every afternoon. When they weren’t wilting, they were barely growing. Finally, I yanked one...

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