Gardening

Jade plant flowering

One of our jade plants has started blooming this week. Anyone with a jade plant knows this is fairly uncommon. I have had a few jade plants through the years that produced flowers but not very many. So whenever it happens, I get a little excited about it. There seems to be no way of … Continue Reading →

Best-tasting potato

I just finished digging the last of our potatoes this week. They were growing in a well-drained, sandy area so I was able to let them sit there in the ground for a few weeks after the vines died down. Since I couldn’t get to them right away, leaving them right where they were was … Continue Reading →

Near-organic apples

Regular readers of this blog know that in the past, I’ve written about the idea of growing “near-organic” apples. With the near-organic method, you spray as little as three times early in the season when the apples are still very small — starting when they first begin to grow. Then two more sprays are applied … Continue Reading →

Weird and wonderful warty pumpkins

I’ve grown a lot of different varieties of pumpkins in the past  – big, small, orange, white, striped and everything in between. None ever got the number of comments that my warty pumpkins have. It’s easy to understand why people are so interested in them once you see them up close and personal. Most of the … Continue Reading →

Giant ragweed

Earlier this week I spotted a stand of giant ragweed growing next to a parking lot. That brought back memories from long ago when I had a small farm and was growing field corn and soybeans. Back then there were a lot of those types of small farms around. I was a young guy and was … Continue Reading →