Guy's Garden

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It Won't Be Long Now

It won't be long now .The grow lights are ready in the basement and very soon Guy will sow his vegetable seeds in grow pots and place them under artificial lights were they will germinate and begin their journey to the garden. There is timing involved here. Sow them too …

Re-cycle

All fall and winter we have been dutifully collecting kitchen scraps for our compost. This has significantly cut down on the amount of trash bags we have been using. Composting is a good habit to get into if you have a garden because all edible scraps can break down in a …

Seeds, Anyone?

The seed catalogs are rolling in and we can hardly wait to get started on the design for this year's vegetable garden. We have certainly gone green with all organic vegetables and a composter to help us return to the earth the nutrients that our plants will need. During …

Putting the Garden to Sleep

Amazingly, we have not had a killing frost as yet, but all good things must come to an end, and so it is with Guy's garden. I pulled the last of the carrots, and Swiss chard and now we will clean all debris from the garden and give it a good tilling. If you want to overs…

End of the Season

I left the last of the tomatoes on the withering vines, hoping that mother nature would give us warm October days. I want to stretch my garden to last as long as I can before I have to give in to the grocery store. I still have carrots and Swiss chard, waiting to be harv…

Lettuce Give Thanks

I picked the first of the lettuces this week and they are gorgeous bouquets of green goodness. It's such a relief not to have to by lettuce in the grocery store for the next few months. The radishes are ready too; bright red, plump and crisp. I've been adding sorrel leav…

Plant that Garden!

I found a family of foxes living near the garden and it has been fun just observing their comings and goings. Thank goodness they don't eat veggies! I just planted pole beans, carrots, both long and short stubby varieties, radishes, parsley, and beets. Tomatoes and other…

We're Ready!

We're ready! The seedlings that Guy planted are under grow light in the Ciao Italia basement! The garden has undergone a soil test; a good thing to do to see what you need to add in the way of nutirients to enrich your soil. Where do you get a soil test? From your local c…

As Ye Sow...

It is not too early to order Italian seeds for your garden. I already have and look forward to getting some of these seeds started in grow packs and giving them a head start under grow lights. That way I can harden them off by placing the seedings outside for a few hours …

Fertile Facts

I learn a lot from my husband Guy who you know has been the head gardener for Ciao Italia. And now that March is here, I want to share some of his words of wisdom with you. Did you know that late spring snow and rain are often referred to as "poor man's fertilizer' becau…