Protecting Tender Volunteer Seedlings from Frost

As we approach our last frost free date the temperature has hit upwards of seventy degrees for over two weeks with over cast days in the forties and fifties. This herald of fine spring weather has spurred some lovely volunteers to sprout in the garden. I’ve found over the years that my volunteers are some of my earliest producers and heartiest producers. However,  moving them … Continue reading Protecting Tender Volunteer Seedlings from Frost

Transplanting Tomato Seedlings

It may still be chilly out, but it’s time to transplant the tomato seedlings I started in our grow room four weeks ago. These seedlings will go back under the lights, but with more room, they’ll have stronger root systems before moving out to their new home in the main garden. We are growing Celebrity tomatoes again this year. As a market garden crop Celebrity … Continue reading Transplanting Tomato Seedlings

Friday’s Farm: Making Bamboo Trellises

Enter the humble River Cane or Arundinaria. In the native Ani-Yunwiya (Cherokee) language it’s known as “i-hi”. In my personal language it’s known as “blessing cane”. Not only is it a viable material for weaving baskets, feed for the cattle and sheep in lean times, bedding for the chickens, erosion control on the creek bank, and fishing poles, it’s also a wonderful building material for small portable structures. Continue reading Friday’s Farm: Making Bamboo Trellises

Friday’s Farm: My Unorthodox Garden Bed

I would say spring is in full swing, but if your weather is a crazy as ours, then bless your heart and stay strong. The cold weather has provided one thing: time to make more raised beds. Be prepared, though. I might have been an Orthodox Jewish girl at one point, but I’ve never been an Orthodox gardener! I don’t know about most people, but … Continue reading Friday’s Farm: My Unorthodox Garden Bed