What's Growing on...
I can feel spring coming in my bones. Can you feel it? That crazy urge to put your hands in dirt. To physically exert yourself in pursuit of future promises.
They say that sometimes the happiness in anticipation is greater than the happiness actually experienced in the moment. Is that why nothing is better than the day the seed catalogs start to arrive? Future promises.
Here is one of the future promises I put in my shopping cart this week [...]
Even the sunniest of windowsills is often not enough light for seedlings. Low light levels cause weak and "leggy" plants. Since strong plants produce a strong harvest, give your baby plants the best head start possible with artificial lighting. My preferred light source for plant-starting is full-spectrum fluorescent bulbs. Although LED grow lights are becoming popular, I have not seen sufficient evidence (personal or research) to suggest that plant growth under LED is significantly better than fluorescent to warrant the higher upfront cost [...]
Yep. Navajopa31, self-described "Last of the Renaissance Men", YouTube sensation in my head, sharing decades worth of knowledge with anyone willing to watch. Install a freeze proof yard hydrant? Check. How to cook Chesapeake Bay blue crabs? Check. Caterpillar nest removal and Victoria food strainer tips? Check, check. . . .
With daytime temperatures breaking 100 and evening temperatures that rarely dip below 80, it's garden half-time here in North Texas when most vegetables go into survival mode and we're lucky to harvest enough to make breakfast. So it's good time to reflect on the varieties that have performed well up to this point.
Here's a list of the vegetable varieties I have tried this year so far, whether they passed (and get to grow again in 2015) or failed, and why…