Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Drupe
Pronunciation: /droop/
Definition: (noun)
1) Any fruit, as a peach, cherry, plum, etc., consisting of an outer skin, a usually pulpy and succulent middle layer, and a hard and woody inner shell usually enclosing a single seed.
Etymology: mid 18th century: from Latin drupa ‘overripe olive,’ from Greek druppa ‘olive.’

Fun Fact of the Day

Fun Fact of the Day: It takes three years from seed to harvest. Once they get going, asparagus plants can be cropped each spring for 15 years or more, but the spears start out the diameter of pencil lead in year one.

Seed to plant

My seed order has been placed. I didn’t need as many as I have ordered in the past, just some potatoes and brussels sprouts.

This year, I am going to start my broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage indoors, but I have the seeds for those already. Along with my tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, carrots, beans, peas, corn, radishes, squash, lettuces, spinach, and beets. 

Nothing beats the taste of vegetables from a fresh garden.

Yes, it is the middle of December, and Christmas is right around the corner, but a vegetable garden is a gift that gives all year round. 

I was harvesting vegetables from my garden as late as mid-November. The potatoes, onions, carrots, and after 3 years, my garlic. 

The best time to bring your crops in, is right before you are ready to eat them or to store them. This allows for the best flavor and most nutrients. 

I start most of my vegetables from seed. It is cheaper, its easier on the plant, and you can keep the pests away during this vital stage of their lives. 

Most plants should be started indoors. Beans, corn, peas, and many of your root vegetables are the exception.  

About 10 years ago, I purchased a compost tumbler. One of the smartest investments I have ever made. It took me a few years to figure out how to use it. Now that I have, I consistently get the black gold of gardening, fresh, nutrient rich compost.

I use the compost from the tumbler to start my seeds. I bring in 5 5-gallon buckets before I empty it out for the year. After 8 years of replenishing the ground with this compost, I find the plants take to the ground much easier if the soil is close to that which they are started in. 

Many plants need to be sown 8 to 12 weeks before transplant. Heavy rain, frost, and damaging winds can ruin a crop quickly. With the plants protected from the elements, it allows for a better survival rate.

I have 5 mini green houses set up in my basement. I use my basement, because it is a constant temperature and dark enough for me to manipulate the lighting. 

The good thing about the constant temperature is that it does not dry the soil out as easily as if it were outdoors. The grow lights are set on a timer to ensure the plants get the recommended amount of light needed for proper germination. 

I will probably start the planting process shortly after January 1st. Once they are seeded, I will have to water them about twice a week. Come mid-March, the hardening of the plants begins.