Guy's Garden

Pesto Please!

I have a forest of fragrant basil plants right now and only so much can go into the freezer, into soups, salads, sauces and on sandwiches. There is nothing like fresh Pesto Sauce at the height of the summer; try it on your next pasta dish. Don't forget to get creative; t…

Getting the Most Out of Your Tomatoes

A cold May wind and cooler than normal temps delayed the planting of the Ciao garden this year but I am happy to say that all the lettuces are in, along with the shallots, onions, and leeks. We started just about everything from seed this year and the seedlings did well …

Ready, Set, Plant

Ready, set, plant! Now is the time to plant your cold weather crops this month; but if you live in areas where frost is still a possibility, let May 31, Memorial Day, be your guide for planting. Spinach, lettuce, beets, onions, parsley, peas, and sugar snap peas can go …

Getting Ready to 'Go Green'

The calendar says that spring arrived on the 20th of March but the thermometer outside says otherwise. Cold winds and leftover mounds of dirty snow suggest that the icy grip of winter is still hanging on. I am anxious to get in our garden again so I bundled up and took a…

Digging Dirt

Now is the time to take stock of your garden¬ís soil. How rich is it? Ideal soil is a rich loam that drains well but keeps moisture in. The texture of the soil should be crumbly but not too fine or rock hard so air and water can reach plant roots. If you are in doubt abo…

Location, Location, Location!

It may be February but it is time to think vegetable gardening! If you have never had a garden before, here are some tips for getting started. First: location, location, location. You want the garden to be somewhere accessible to your house and in a sunny location. Once …

The Importance of Planting Ahead

I love January. Holidays are but a memory, old man winter has settled in for awhile and the new vegetable seed catalogs are stacked high on my kitchen counter. I know how I am getting through the dreary months ahead... planning out my vegetable garden. I am so happy whe…

Reading for the Garden

Here are just a few of my favorite garden books. If you don't have an expert like my husband Guy around to rely on for gardening advice, these books are a terrific resource. We've linked them to Amazon.com to make it easier for you to get more information. 110 Heirloom …

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