April 25, 2016

I finally started some seeds last week – Brandywine tomatoes for eating fresh, Roma and Amish Paste tomatoes for sauce, Pickling and slicing cucumbers, different Squashes, Broccoli, and sweet and hot Peppers.  Beans, Peas, Kale, Spinach and lettuces go right in the ground. Our average last frost date is not until May 27th, so I can’t start the seeds too early, or they get too leggy and require too many transplants.  I do spend many winter days though looking at seed catalogs and dreaming…

GrowTubesI have been looking at GrowTubes and think I’d like to try them out.  I found some on Grower’s Supply   I’m just waiting to hear back to find out the product specifications.  They come in 6, 8 and 12″ diameters, with a minimum purchase of 100′.  It looks like a great way to avoid weeds.  I’ll keep you posted if I end up using the GrowTubes.



Right now, I’m trying to find some good options for planting potatoes.  Tried the stacked tire method years ago, and it didn’t do so well for me.  I’m thinking maybe using some old pallets to make square planters might be the way to go.  The pictures I’ve seen just require adding on to the top as the plants grow, so they set potatoes farther up the stems as they get buried.  Anyone every tried this?  Do you have a different method that works well?

I’m thinking of something like this: potatoes_in_pallets


April 4, 2016

What do you grow in your garden?  Veggies?  Annuals?  Perennials?  Weeds? Yes to all of the above?  The growing season is fairly short in Maine, so what I grow is a bit limited, although usually just the variety is limited,  more than the actual plant.  We can’t really grow Silver Queen corn, which is a 90 day variety, but we can grow many comparable varieties that only take 75 days.  I usually order my seeds from Johnny’s Seeds, a Maine company.  Most of their seeds are acclimated to our weather, and do well here.  I also like Fedco Seeds, another Maine company.  Both offer organic, non-GMO and open pollinated seeds.