gardening thoughts #6: don’t be afraid to stake and cage

Perhaps the biggest lesson that my garden taught me this year is to not be afraid of staking and caging my plants. My 2020 garden has been a hot mess of unruly plants, particularly the bed that had the zucchini, cucumber, and two tomato plants that I didn’t think would make it. While I didContinue reading “gardening thoughts #6: don’t be afraid to stake and cage”

gardening thoughts #3: plan, but be flexible

Gardening is magical. You put things into the ground and get to eat the fruits of your labor. Unfortunately, you’re also subject to the whims of nature. You can do all the planning that you want, but you still need Mother Nature to help you out a bit. I was fortunate this growing season. TheContinue reading “gardening thoughts #3: plan, but be flexible”

gardening thoughts #2: streamline watering

This year I learned that I need to take water management more seriously in the garden. I naively thought that I would be able to easily manage 18 square feet of garden with my manual hose. While that worked well initially, once my plants were established and the temperature in the 90s for most ofContinue reading “gardening thoughts #2: streamline watering”

gardening thoughts #1: you can’t have just one raised bed

Welcome to the first of many posts about my garden ponderings. These are meant to be short takes on the things that I’m learning from gardening. Some of them may be practical for you and others might be funny takes one what I’m seeing. I have a confession to make. Raised garden beds are addictive.Continue reading “gardening thoughts #1: you can’t have just one raised bed”