gardening

First Attempt at Hydroponics

I decided I wanted to try to grow some hydroponic vegetables. My family loves leafy greens year round. Lettuce does not grow well in the summer here, or in the winter. Spring is the best time for lettuce, but the season is short. Hydroponics seemed like a natural solution. I…

2014 Garden Retrospective and 2015 Plan

Every year I like to try a few new things. Last year, all the new things I tried were failures. I was also reminded of why I had stopped doing some other things. This year I will be building on what I learned. A Few Sucesses From Last Year Grilling…

An Experiment in the Garden

I am in the process of hardening off some cauliflower, some celery, one cucumber, and one tomato that I grew in my basement. It is the right time to move the cauliflower outside and possibly the celery. My Cauliflower My Celery The Rest Tomatoes and cucumbers love the heat so…

Notes on Planting Raspberries and Blackberries

Raspberries spread quickly. A few plants will be many plants in a couple years. Traditional raspberries will only bear fruit on last year's canes. Everbearing raspberries will produce two crops. I have both kinds. My traditional crop comes on in early summer. As it winds down my everbearing start producing.…

Gardening Basics — What to Plant and When to Plant it

What to plant and when are common questions among new and experienced gardeners alike. Most of when to plant revolves around the last frost date for your area. For us in the Salt Lake Valley it is usually early May. In some areas of the valley it can be up…

Gardening Basics — Soil

Soil is the key to a good garden. Poor soil will leave you with stunted plants and poor yields, while rich soil will produce abundantly. If you are going to be doing a traditional garden, you will likely want to amend your soil. You will need to add organic material.…

Gardening Basics — Water

How much to water depends greatly on your plants. It depends on a lot of things. The kind of soil (e.g. clay needs less frequent waterings, sand needs more frequent waterings), plant density, how hot it is and the kind of plants involved. As a general rule, most things…

Gardening Basics — Deciding what you want

You have already decided that you want to plant a garden. Now you have to decide what to plant. There are many ways to decide, but one way that may provide you with a more satisfying experience is to decide what you want your end goal to be. Some examples…

The Above Average Garden Container

I have a friend who wanted to plant a garden, but will be moving soon. To solve this, he took it upon himself to build a container in which to start his garden until he can get a more permanent solution. The solution is both elegant and solves multiple problems.…

2014 Garden: What I am planting

I love to plant a garden. My goals for this year are: Eat fresh salad and greens every night all spring. Enough fresh tomatoes to eat BLTs and corn Enough fresh tomatoes to make grilled margarita pizza. Enough tomatoes, onions, garlic, and basil to can either spaghetti sauce, salsa, or…

Building Interesting Garden Boxes

I live in Utah. Specifically, zone 6-ish, or 0–5 degrees Fahrenheit. One of my top priorities after moving into my house was to create a garden. The soil around my house is not ideal for gardening. It is a heavy clay and very sticky when wet. I decided to…