Do you love the taste and health benefits of blueberries? Would you like a fruit crop that will produce well in a short amount of time and doesn’t require a lot of space? Have you tried growing blueberries and had poor results? This post is for you! Learn about growing blueberries in your own backyard. [Read more…]Translate the Site
What are sunchokes?
Sunchokes are native to eastern North America. They are also known as Jerusalem Artichokes or Sunroots. They are not related to Artichokes, but they are related to sunflowers. The whole “Jerusalem” thing is supposedly linked to the Italian word girasola, which means sunflower.
Sunchokes are a perennial plant that grows six to ten feet tall. While they do have pretty yellow flowers, they are grown for their edible roots. Their roots are high in inulin (more on that below), and can be used raw or cooked.
Historically, sunchokes been a valuable food source in Native American culture, especially during late winter when storage runs low and spring crops are not yet available. (See Full Moon Feast for more on yearly eating cycles.) [Read more…]Translate the Site
I get quite a few new gardeners asking me, “When should I start seeds?” It really depends on where you are and what you are planning to grow. Thankfully, most seed companies will label the packets with basic growing information. (Check out, “Starting Seeds: How to Grow Healthy, Productive Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers from Seed” for more detailed information.)
A planting schedule can help you to spread your planting out so you don’t feel rushed. When you try to cram too much to do in too little time, it doesn’t get done properly. Gardening is supposed to help relieve stress, not cause it. In this article I’ll share my seed starting schedule, organization strategies and printable indoor seed starting and outdoor seed sowing charts to help you get organized, too. [Read more…]Translate the Site
Many of the garden gifts I’ve seen in other garden gift guides aren’t a great fit for me, so I decided to put together a list who like some functional mixed in with their fun. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy gifts that I use on a daily basis. For me, those are some of my favorites, as each time I use them it remind me of the gift giver. [Read more…]Translate the Site
My tools take a beating, so every so often I give them some TLC. If you can clean them up before you put them away for the season, so much the better, but cleaning and sharpening garden tools is time well spent whenever you get it done. [Read more…]Translate the Site