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.

soil thermometers

Soil Thermometers

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 . . .


Vegetable garden shade cloth ideas

Garden Shade Ideas

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 . . .


Hydroponic lettuces in a DWC bucket

DWC Hydroponic Lettuce

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 . . .


Growing microgreens in a basement

Growing Microgreens

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 . . .

Agribon row cover

Agribon Row Cover

Row cover is a worthwhile investment, especially for gardeners in colder climates. Row cover can be used for frost protection, Read more . . .


Row cover sandbags

Row Cover Sandbags

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 . . .


pvc gardening

PVC Gardening

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 . . .

gutter gardening

Gutter Gardening

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 . . .


seedling heat mats

Seedling Heat Mats

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 . . .


heat mat thermostats

Heat Mat Thermostats

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 . . .


Acu-Rite weather station

Acu-Rite Weather

"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 . . . .


Homemade suet cakes

Homemade Suet Cakes

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 . . . .


Fungus-gnat sticky trap

Fungus Gnats

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 . . .


How to Plant a Tree (Lowe's)

Overgrown Perennials (This Old House)