Vegetable Gardening Must Haves For Budget Friendly Gardeners

Now that's it's April we are preparing for a long season of fruitful vegetable gardening. Plots weeded and we're just waiting for it to be plowed and staked. We have lots of yummy vegetables already sprouted and on their way to their second set of leaves. They should be ready for transplant by the end of the month and I am excited to get out in … [Read more...]

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...]