Seedling Roundup – April 20, 2016

A quick photo tour of the greenhouses; I snapped some pictures of the growth progress of the seedlings.  The last picture shows how I keep the more tender seedlings in the little greenhouse warm (peppers, eggplant, etc).

I get a kick out of the random zinnia seedling in the first photo, in a cell with dianthus.  It’s right along the back near the centre; proudly standing upright to remind me that it sneaked through.

Water Table Envy

Around this time of year I have what I’ve come to call water table envy.  What that means is that while everyone else is watching their gardens dry up day after day I’m watching mine grow algae. Right now the big back garden (25,500 sq.ft) is totally saturated, the little back …

Seed Independence

When I was just a kid (y’know, just a few year ago, ahem) – when my gardening experience consisted almost entirely of dropping seeds in rows where my grandfather pointed – I had a neighbour who had big beautiful flower beds.  He was very proud of them, and justly so; …

A Greenhouse (Some Assembly Required)

Today’s greenhouse mission was a success. We went today to look at a used greenhouse that had previously been in service at a farm in Kingston’s east end (Salt of the Earth Farm).  It was already disassembled, but it was clearly in good shape, the price was right and I …

Growing Pains: Cilantro

Cilantro is hard. It’s basically my gardening arch-nemesis.  I plant cilantro and all I get is coriander*! 2014 was my third attempt at growing cilantro, and I thought I had it figured out.  In a previous attempt I had planted it and the tiny little seedlings shrivelled up and died …

Canteloupe Grown in a Closet? Good Grief.

If you’re like me and you’ve tried to grow “outside” vegetables inside and failed miserably… well, get ready for this one: First Ripe Cantaloupe Grown in Closet – Vegetable Gardening Forum – GardenWeb Return to the Vegetable Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up First ripe cantaloupe grown in closet Posted …

Tomatoes: Heirloom or Hybrid

As with any garden – large or small, for market or for the kitchen – I think one of the most common questions asked is: what tomatoes should I grow?  It’s a question that I have usually answered with: all of them.  It’s what lead me to plant 201 tomato …