Fall Garden 2013 Update – Pumpkin Almost Ready, Lettuce, Broccoli and Cabbage

It's been a few at least a month since I shared some garden progress with you so I thought I better get those pictures rolling. This is the first year we have grown pumpkin and I have to admit I didn't check to see what kind I planted but from the looks of it, it's not a pie pumpkin! My son Diego said we have to leave it for a couple more days so … [Read more...]

How to Build a Bean Trellis

A trellis can be used to train beans, pumpkin, watermelon and squash or anything that has a vine. This is how I do my trellis for cucumber and beans. I would not use this type of trellis for watermelon or pumpkin as they are too heavy for this type of trellis. Start with tall wooden stakes, I bought these from Fred Meyer for less than a $1 a … [Read more...]

Fall Vegetable Planting for Zone 8 and 9

Your summer garden is coming to an end and you've produced a lot, you are probably thinking you are done for the season but there are many Fall crops you can plant in mid summer and early September to carry you for another 3 or 4 months. Lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, collard greens, kale, turnips, beets, fava beans, carrot, mustard … [Read more...]

One Kings Lane Gardening Tips

  Outdoor entertaining is one of the great joys of spring and summer. Until, of course, the bugs invade. In place of spray and pesticides, try a cluster of mosquito-repelling potted plants. Grouped together near a seating area on your deck or patio, they make a pretty and lush addition to your outdoor landscape while also protecting you and … [Read more...]

Community Garden Update – Squash & Melon Beds

I planted these beds in early June and at the time they were just starts and I wasn't sure how they were going to do because I started a few weeks late. I must say they are healthy and taking off real nicely. Pictured are watermelon, cantaloupe, an unidentified melon, butternut squash, patty pan squash ( it might have died actually, can't … [Read more...]

Community Garden Progress 6/15/2013

My sister and I rented a garden plot this year so we could share the bounty. Well, she hasn't had time to take care of the weeds and they have taken over the plot. I have to admit when I got there I was a little overwhelmed but 3 hours later and we had some progress. We need more plants. Can you suggest your favorites? … [Read more...]

How to Sprout Beans at Home

Beans are one of the easiest things to sprout from seed without any soil needed. They take approximately 3 days to spout and if you place them on a warm surface you might see sprouting activity in as little as 24 ours. Start off with whole dried beans you purchase from a seed company or use whole dried beans you find in the organic bulk section … [Read more...]

My Growing Potatoes Journey Part 1

About a week ago I posted a picture of potatoes I had let sit too long and they formed eyes. Several of you suggested I plant them and only a couple suggested I just cut the eyes off and eat them. In fact it seemed like cutting the eyes off the potatoes to eat the potato was extremely taboo on my page! I have to admit I was a little surprised by … [Read more...]

Let’s Get Those Gardens Into Shape

I am really excited for this summer because I will be with a garden again. Last year we weren't able to get a plot because they sold out and we had just moved into a tiny apartment with a back patio that blocks out the sun. This year my sister was able to get one of the community gardens that usually sell out too fast. It is a 20x20 plot and we … [Read more...]

Recycled Vegetable Containers

It is almost time to start planting your seeds so I thought what better time than now to discuss recycled gardening. We all have things around the house, in our kitchen, in our garbage cans or recycle bins that can/will make handy cheap growing containers and seed starters. Here are some common household items that end up in the recycle bin that … [Read more...]