Category Archives: vegetable garden

Digging up Grubs

[caption id="attachment_2728" align="alignnone" width="2448"]Photo Mar 30, 4 09 14 PM Enter Grubs dug from the overwintered veggie garden[/caption]

Preparing the street beds for spring planting I first pulled the winter plants (kale, cilantro), hoed the weedlets, and mixed in complete organic fertilizer (COF). During this process, I unearthed nearly 40 large grubs of varying designs.

Happy happy day for the hens.

Is there a professional or amateur entomologist out there who can help me identify these guys? What do they become? Continue reading

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Complete Organic Fertilizer

[caption id="attachment_2766" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Photo Mar 05, 1 55 55 PM Complete Organic Fertilizer (COF) a la Steve Solomon – and pretty![/caption]

If you’ve been following this blog you may have noticed my struggle with soil fertility. The first few years of the garden were prolific Continue reading

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The Year of Nitrogen

[caption id="attachment_2502" align="alignnone" width="400"]Soil Test Kit Soil chemistry testing with LaMotte Soil Test Kit![/caption]

I have tested my soil nutrients and composition before. I made some lame attempt to address deficiencies, adding compostfor depleted nitrogen and fireplace ashes to raise the pH. Results were Continue reading

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Tomato trellis 2014

What is the best way to grow tomatoes? The answer will partly depend on the variety grown and partly on the climate, but I think the descriptor ‘vines’ is part of the answer. Every garden year I challenge myself with … Continue reading

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