Gardening - Vegetables to eat.
Flowers to appreciate.
Come and share my gardening experiences. I’m Ken Brown and I’ve been “Dallying In The Dirt” most of my life and like most back yard farmers I love to share my growing tips and my experiences. Visit this space often, the tips will change and accumulate, showing you what I'm doing now. I'll tell you what I'm doing as I, find some new and remember some old, tricks in my quest to squeeze all of my horticultural fantasies into a confined urban space.
16 June 2016 My garlic is starting to unfurl its long curly scapes. These are the reproductive organs of Garlic. It doesn't actually flower but these scapes produce little bulbils that will grow into new garlic plants and that's one of the reasons to cut them off. If all of those bulbils land on the soil you will have Garlic as a weed for many years. Fortunately the scapes are delicious either chopped into a stir fry or used to make a great pesto. The scapes may also be harboring a worm that is the larva of the Leek Moth. The moth lays its eggs through a tiny hole and the larva hollows out the inside of the scape. Cut the whole scape off and dispose of the hollowed out sections.
My regular tips and ideas are now accumulating, blog like, on this Seasonal Advice page.
What’s New or Seasonal!
Are your Cucumbers taking up too much space. Train them to grow up a decorative obelisk and solve the space problem while making them an attractive feature.
Lettuce is usually a cool season crop bu there are several varieties that can withstand the summer's heat. I always have a few transplants ready to fill in spaces where other vegetables have been harvested.
The Iris season is winding down and now is the time to look for varieties that are overgrown or flowering poorly. Mark those clumps so that you will know which ones to dig and divide near the end of July.
One oif the secrets of growing great containers, either flowers or vegetables, is to keep them regularly fertilized. Most container soils have little or no nutrient value so the plants depend on what you supply. I always water with a half strength solution of soluble fertilizer.
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My horticultural haven is unfinished and imperfect. If it was otherwise then my life’s work would be done and I wouldn’t know what to do. Come along with me as I work toward perfection, we’ll be together for a long time. I currently grow a rather crazy mix of vegetables a variety of perennial flowers and a smattering of annual flowers in the gaps and in a variety of containers. Oh! The vegetables are often found growing in containers as well.
Where’s my garden? All of these things compete for space in a modestly large city lot in a small town east of Toronto ON that hovers between Canadian zone 5&6 or a U.S.D.A Zone 4&5. I continue to develop new techniques for producing as many vegetables as possible in a rather confined space, a technique that I refer to as Vertical Vegetables. This allows myself and the “Assistant Gardener” (aka. my long suffering spouse,) to eat our own fresh vegetables for about 7-8 months of the year.
Let’s eat! To really enjoy all of these vegetables you need to prepare them in delicious and interesting recipes. I also love to cook and experiment and you will find the things that wind up tasting delicious on my recipes pages.
Trials and tribulations! I like to try new things and report back to my readers what works and what might not be the best value in town. I have recently tested a variety of trowels and last summer applied a variety of mulches to my many beds. Some looked better, some cost more some did neither but may have been effective mulches. Frequent readers can keep up to date on products and plants that I’m trying. I visit other gardens as often as possible and report back to my readers just what they might find interesting there.
Come and spend time with me in my garden. I find it the most delightful, sometimes frustrating, usually therapeutic, pastime and the physical effort exerted produces much better results than any treadmill. I have been trying to convince mother nature to do her landscape my way, for many years and her responses are usually very humbling, occasionally encouraging, frequently amusing but always quite gratifying. We continue to discuss, (argue about,) our separate definitions of a weed. These successes and failures also make up the content of my seminars.