Garden

Bagging For Bug-Free Fruit

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Did you know you could keep the birds and the bees and still have no spots on your apples? Fruit bagging is an age-old practice in Japanese orchards. After the fruit clusters have been thinned, bags are carefully placed around the remaining fruit as soon as they are big enough to resemble fruit, when they’re […]

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Home Farm Finds and Neat Stuff

by Daisy Garden

I just got these from High Mowing Organic Seeds in the mail. I couldn’t resist ordering a few “new” seeds for this fall/winter season instead of hoping the ones in my aging stash were still good. They probably are, mostly, but I was out of kale seeds and while I was at it, couldn’t resist […]

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Bug Defense Cage From Old Window Screens

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I know it’s late in the season for squash, but I just had to give it one last try. My inability to win the squash bug, squash beetle, and, particularly, squash BORER battle is a sore spot with me. This may not work either, but like Charlie Brown and that football, I can’t resist. I […]

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Gearing Up For Fall, Fingers Crossed

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I’m very insecure about my fall gardening game. Whenever I’ve had a good fall/winter garden, it’s been largely by accident. Yay! I’m eating spinach in December! How did that happen? The trouble with accidental success is that it’s very hard to recreate. I often think what I really needed to become a confident gardener was […]

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Too Much of a Good Thing

by Daisy Garden

Of course it’s wrong. It’s misguided. It lacks discipline and demonstrates poor planning, shows impulse control and neglect. I’m letting passionfruit vines take over my yard even though I know it will end badly. This vine is establishing a subterranean network that’s getting out of hand, popping up in all places. In all of the […]

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Culantro

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

  Culantro, Eryngium foetidum, is very distinct from cilantro, in spite of having a similar name. It does have a similar flavor and scent. Close your nose, though, and from its appearance, you would never confuse the two plants. In the same family as cilantro, Apiacaea, culantro looks a lot more like its cousin, parsley, […]

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Lessons on Survival and Resilience I Could Learn From Weeds

by Daisy Garden

If there’s one good thing about weeding, it makes the world slow down. You can’t work on the computer, or your phone. Unless you’re a bluetooth person. Nothing against bluetooth people . . . You can listen to music, but I don’t. Sometimes I wish I were listening to music, mainly to uproot some other […]

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The Home Farm Breakfast Game

by Daisy Garden

This morning, after a couple of hours of weeding, I was starving so I decided to play one of my favorite games: Breakfast From The Yard. It’s exactly what it sounds like: See how much of my entire breakfast I could harvest out of my suburban yard. Garden groceries. Metropolitan meals. Lawn licking. Maybe not […]

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I’m Being Overtaken By Weeds

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Great garden weather and all. But it also means great weed weather. When the phone repairman was here, he briefly considered digging a trench to put in a whole new underground line all the way to the house and looked down a long bed between the back fence and a row of espalier where the […]

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Spicy Sauteed Sweet Potato Greens With Thyme and Fresh Garlic

by Daisy Garden

I only recently learned you can eat sweet potato greens. Apparently entire continents already knew this, which leaves me feeling a bit left out, like I did when I learned you can eat squash greens, too. For my maiden voyage with this new-to-me green, I went the safe route and sauteed and seasoned it up […]

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Sunflower Fort Update

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

It seems like yesterday when I planted this sunflower fort, but it was really only mid April. Less than 2 months later, the sunflowers have grown up over my head. With the tropical-like rains we’ve had, interspersed with plenty of sun, all the plants in the garden have taken off like rockets. In the sunflower […]

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Misadventures in Urban Plantsmanship

by Daisy DIY

I bought a pineapple guava plant through the mail. I was lured by promises of tropical beauty and exotic flavor. It was around midnight, and I had fallen down an internet rabbit hole of off-the-beaten-path edible shrubs, vines, and other fantastical fruits. My eyes locked onto pineapple guava and I was mesmerized. Apparently, the petals […]

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Lately Around the Farm

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

  It’s been a practically perfect spring for gardening. Plenty of rain, but not too much rain except for about a week there when we wondered if we should start looking for a source for gopher wood. Everything is blooming or fruiting, so I took some pictures of the garden with the glow of spring […]

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A Shared Passion(fruit)

by Daisy Garden

It all started with a sad day, a walk of hope. I wrote about it here. It ended with a bumper crop of passion fruit, not a bad outcome, at all. That passion fruit I planted is back, with a vengeance. The thing is, it moved. It moved underneath the fence, to the sunnier, southern […]

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Carrot Woes and Wins

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

First for the win: I have delicious carrots! I have dozens of beautiful carrots, all in a row. I used seed tape, store-bought this time, although you can make your own. I kept them watered, almost daily, which I think is the secret, along with loose, rich soil and a relatively cool, long spring growing […]

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I Didn’t Know I Could Grow: Pomegranates

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Somewhere along the line I was brainwashed into thinking there was a list of certain plants I could grow. Frustratingly, that list included things I can’t grow: European pears, sweet cherries, and most stone fruits; at least not without a lot of fuss and spraying and disappointment. However, over the years as I’ve whittled down […]

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Overseeding Your Lawn

by Ivory Soap Free Plans & Printables

A lush green lawn is the perfect welcome mat for your home. But despite your best efforts, it’s not always easy to keep it in top shape. Bare spots, or weak, thinning or patchy grass can appear seemingly overnight due to compacted soil, poor drainage, weed infestations, or just plain weather. To bring your lawn […]

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No-Dig Sunflower Fort Step-By-Step

by Daisy Garden

I’m disorganized at everything, and gardening is no exception. Most of the time when I remember to do something at the right time, it’s by accident. I’ve seen examples of sunflower forts for years, but never, apparently, at the right time to plant them. Somehow this year was the exception, and I finally planted one. […]

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Worm Farm Basics

by Daisy Barnyard

Why would anyone want to raise worms? There are tons of worms everywhere already! Underneath the potted plants on the patio, below that cardboard box you left out on the driveway, every time you stick a shovel or a trowel in the dirt, worms! You want worms in the earth, right, improving the soil in […]

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Garden ShapeUp Along: Musings and More Afters

by Daisy Garden

Now the rains have called it quits for the time being and things have had a chance to dry out, I’m back in the garden evaluating and wrapping up the first phase of my ShapeUp. All but two of the items on my list have been ticked off.  Hopefully I can get to them today. […]

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