Around the Garden
The 'Around the Garden' page is for a wide variety of posts about various products, experiments, and everything else connected with the garden's continued growth.
With such a short growing season, soil thermometers are an integral part of any Northeast gardener's tool kit and can make a difference in the survival Read more . . .
Commercial shade cloth is expensive, but there are a few low-cost ways to protect tender transplants from the blazing sun with materials Read more . . .
There's quite a bit of info on home hydroponic systems, but since this was our first time growing hydroponically, we didn't feel comfortable Read more . . .
Gardener's cabin fever usually sets in around January or February here in the Northeast, and this year my cabin fever remedy was testing how well Read more . . .
Row cover is a worthwhile investment, especially for gardeners in colder climates. Row cover can be used for frost protection, Read more . . .
There are several ways to secure row cover such as dirt and stones, but sandbags aren't crazy expensive and they keep the row cover cleaner and Read more . . .
When setting up a gutter garden earlier this year, a PVC garden seemed like a good way to compare the two growing systems so we decided Read more . . .
Lettuce and other greens (chard, spinach, etc.) are supposed to be fairly easy to grow but our greens crop have been less than spectacular due Read more . . .
Heat mats are a great way to get a jump start on the growing season, especially for those in the northern states where the growing season is very short Read more . . .
Small seedlings need warmth to survive, but too much of a good thing can be just as bad as no heat at all, so it pays to use a heat mat thermostat Read more . . .
"The storm starts, when the drops start dropping. When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping." Somehow Dr. Seuss manages to Read more . . . .
Making homemade suet cakes for your feathered friends is easy using ingredients you probably already have on hand, and they aren't any more expensive Read more . . . .
While doing our late afternoon daily plant check a few weeks ago we noticed quite a few of what we thought were flies hovering around the top of the Read more . . .