Composting basics: How to make compost?

Composting basics

Composting basics:- A compost pile is essentially a living organism and like all living organisms, it needs three things: air, water, food. If you provide all those, it will compost, and everything else details. Air means air needs to circulate through the pile. So you don’t want it in a tightly enclosed bin. Wire bins or pallets are great. Plastic is OK as long as it has enough air holes. You don’t want to let your pile pack down. Having a few sticks in it helps, or run pipe with holes down into it, or just punch some holes with a long stick. Mixing/ turning it occasionally helps keep it aerated and loosened up. Composting basics Just For gardening lovers Composting is basically done by living organisms, macro, and microorganisms that break down the … Read more

How to Save Tomato Seeds

tomato seeds

I typically won’t attempt to save seed of tomato varieties which can easily be purchased at one of the small, family-owned seed vendors. This year, I will be growing a few varieties that I have traded for and are fairly rare. Next year, I plan on growing a large number of rare but interesting varieties. … Read more

How close together do YOU plant corn seeds?


Corn is a heavy feeder. My soil is very high in everything especially phosphorus, but my pH is about 6.0. I still use a little starter nitrogen but I divide the total nitrogen into a couple of separate side dressing. Also, I use a slow N fertilizer. I can’t really find nitrogen only fertilizer that does not contain anything else. With my low pH, I can use chicken manure as is has an NPK of approx 3.0-0.5-0.5. It is also loaded with calcium which brings my pH up about 0.5 points. Only half the nitrogen is available. Otherwise, I use … Read more

Russet Potatoes vs Red Pontiac. How to grow Kennebec?

Red Pontiac

I purchased a sack of Red Pontiac potatoes to eat in light of the fact that I have never enjoyed these potatoes and have not eaten any in years, we needed to test them again to check whether we despite everything disdain them. We cooked them in a skillet with onions, cooked them in stew, in soup, french fries, pureed potatoes, and heated potatoes. Red Pontiac potatoes are alright however something about them is unique and not comparable to Russet potatoes. Reddish-brown versus Red Pontiac potatoes. I burned through a large portion of yesterday perusing arrangement online about Russet potatoes versus Red Pontiac potatoes. Reddish-brown potato deals are 90% of all-out potato deals in the USA. Reddish-brown has higher starch, lower in sugar, and thicker skin than Pontiac. Chestnut is lighter and feathery prepared than … Read more

Poppies and a Cutting Garden?


I have a back area in my yard, about 8×30, that used to be my vegetable garden until the local critters (raccoons, rats, and mice, possums) started eating all my produce every year and leaving none for me.  So I gave up on it, let it go wild, and planted a much smaller. 30 of the garden and a bunch of pots of flowers right up next to my house. Every year its a challenge fitting everything in (I don’t), so I’ve been collecting more and more pots. This year, I finally broke down and have been making gorgeous bouquets of the coreopsis, snapdragons, allium/chive, viola, gerbera daisies, delphinium, and surprise, surprise, papaver nudicaule! Who knew that poppies are fantastic cut flowers?!! I didn’t. Now I know why my Grandma – who had the most exquisite gardens ever – had banks of poppies of various kinds growing. She made dried flower arrangements, and now it comes back to me that she frequently used poppies. So now that I’m loving all these flowers and making bouquets. I thought that I could resurrect the back patch and plant a drought tolerant cutting garden. and I have so many questions! What do you recommend? My idea is to amend the soil, and then broadcast seeds, or carefully transplant the pre-germinated seeds that I start indoors on a heat mat. The main flower type would be poppies because they are so striking, seem to grow really easily here. And are a lovely cut flower – at least the Iceland version is. Are other types the same? Specifically what about Papaver rhoeas, Orientale and somniferum? If I let these varieties go to seed, will later generations appear the same? The only papaver I don’t love is the California poppy since it grows wild everywhere here. Other flowers I’m thinking of are Centaurea – the deep blue cornflower, coreopsis (another one I didn’t realize would last so long as a cut flower), Agrostemma, Orange cosmos, blue flax, and maybe white bishop’s lace (this last one is a maybe because I realize if its the exact thing that grows wild everywhere here. I’m not sure I want to change it, as it would be so much taller than all the other flowers. And I worry about its invasiveness). What do you think? The area in question is a raised bed in pretty much full sun. While I can periodically water it particularly when it’s getting established. My hope is to leave it be and water only occasionally. I do want to pick the flowers for bouquets though.

Marigold seeds & flowers what is the secret to growing these?

marigold seeds

All seeds lose viability over time, but I save my crackerjack marigold seeds for a couple of years and they do fine. Some flowers like marigolds and wildflowers don’t need very rich soil. I would not fertilize unless nothing grows there at all. I would still prep the soil with compost and make sure that drainage is good. If I fertilize, which I really don’t need to do since I do soil testing, it will be side dressings after the true leaves have come out. I don’t like to start flowers in pots. They do grow, but since I do compost, they are not easy to transplant. Marigolds don’t grow in cold and wet conditions. They germinate poorly, dampen off, and get mildew and fungal diseases, so I would wait to plant until the weather is warm at least 68 degrees and you are not expecting prolonged periods of rain. However, I do like to plant seeds right before a storm … Read more

Growing Oyster mushroom !!

Oyster mushroom

I “planted” the Oyster mushroom generate on Sunday (11/1) in three unique substrates. Utilized espresso beans, earthy colored and newsprint paper, and steam sanitized rice straw. Proviso: I don’t know how effective this will be as it’s my first test with this. I’ve been attempting to see whether isolating the substrate into littler masses than … Read more