There’s something special about planting a seed that’s shared from one gardener to another. Humble and brown, a single seed can mature into a beautiful flower or a gigantic vegetable. Kate and Pete Spain grew the pumpkin, above, from seed they got from a fellow gardener. “We were given the seeds by a nice older […]
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Learn how to test “outdated” seeds with a germination test. If you get decent results, the seeds are worth planting. If not, compost the old seeds.
LA Guerrilla Gardeners removed trash, weeds and dead plants from this median strip and installed new plants. Their signature “Please Water Me!” sign asks passersby to help with upkeep. After LA Guerrilla Gardeners planted the “Spaceland” garden, below, the city installed a wheelchair ramp to make the sidewalk more accessible. Armed with shovels, seeds, plants, […]
From Seed to Harvest in 23 Days I’m still waiting for spring. Waiting — impatiently — to get out there and garden. But no matter the weather, you can grow and harvest a crop of microgreens just a few weeks. Kind of takes the edge off. Spring is coming. It’s so close, I can taste […]
Last week, we had a contest on Facebook called Ready, Set, Sow! On our short entry form, we asked, “What seeds will you be sowing this year?” We got lots of feedback, including: Tomatoes and lots of them! Lots of herbs, lots of heirloom tomatoes, green beans, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, garlic, onion, potatoes, etc. Lots […]
This mass of nasturtiums demonstrates that it’s possible to have too much of a good thing — or, perhaps, too many kinds of a good thing. Planted together here are: Cherries Jubilee in the foreground, Peach Melba Superior in the middle ground, and Creamsicle at the back. To see more nasturtiums, watch my slideshow. As […]
For more information, read the article Controlling Aphids. Recently, I was growing some basil in our testing lab. When I came in after the weekend, I noticed that the plants in several of our containers were infested with aphids, but the basil that I had planted in a windowbox with marigolds were aphid-free. I had […]