heirloom plants, nutritional value of plants, organic, plant selection, Uncategorized, vegetable gardening

Easy to grow from seed: LET US have LETTUCE!

Some of my lettuce is beginning to bolt.  Just when it starts getting too hot in the kitchen and I prefer a cool salad over a warm meal, my salad fixins' peter out on me.  While I LIKE flowers, when a stalk shoots up on lettuce to produce flowers - thus producing seeds - I… Continue reading Easy to grow from seed: LET US have LETTUCE!

heirloom plants, nutritional value of plants, plant selection, tomato

What the HECK is an HEIRLOOM? Part 2

What qualifies plants to get shelved into the HEIRLOOM section? Last week we jumped into a discussion about HEIRLOOMS, one of the current buzzwords in landscaping. Introduction date is the 1st factor that decides a plant's place as an heirloom, as I indicated, but today we'll look at the 2nd criteria for that classification: dependability and self-reliance.… Continue reading What the HECK is an HEIRLOOM? Part 2

heirloom plants, landscape design, plant selection, tomato

What’s NEW in landscaping, or WHAT THE HECK IS AN HEIRLOOM PLANT? (Part 1)

In the last couple of months, I've done several talks on the topic "7STEPS to a KNOCK-OUT LANDSCAPE," which basically walks listeners through what I do when I design a garden.  While landscaping, as in any art, goes through phases of specific items or design styles being popular, the principles remain.  However, there are "new"… Continue reading What’s NEW in landscaping, or WHAT THE HECK IS AN HEIRLOOM PLANT? (Part 1)

heirloom plants, tomato, Uncategorized

Passing on the tradition: HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

 "There's a freeze coming.  What do I do?" I love hearing from my girls, but I'm really excited when they ask for my advice, although it's often shared even when not requested.  Both of my daughters have inherited the gardening gene passed down from my dad, so when the youngest called a couple of days ago,… Continue reading Passing on the tradition: HEIRLOOM TOMATOES