Verticillium Wilt (Try Saying that Fast Three Times): Managing VW

In the garden, Verticillium Wilt (VW) can affect potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, some cole crops, tomatoes, lettuce, strawberries, cucurbits, artichokes, avocados, peaches, nectarines, caneberries, and apricots. It can also affect landscape plants and… Continue reading

Potato Bag Gardening: The When, Where and the How. . .

Potato bags are a boon to suburban gardeners like me. My property is in an older development with a not very large backyard. Most of the backyard is taken up by a swimming… Continue reading

Potato/Potahto: Growing Potatoes in the Backyard

You like potato and I like potahto, You like tomato and I like tomahto, Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto! Lets call the whole thing off! (Lyrics by George/Ira Gershwin) This was the first year… Continue reading

Don’t Get No Respect: Beans

This is a happy time of year for the gardener. Spring labors are coming to fruition. The tomatoes are ripening, the eggplants and squash plants are producing, and the green beans are plentiful.… Continue reading

Bagging Tomatoes instead of Varmints

Recently, I posted a request to gardening bloggers asking for methods to protect tomatoes from being eaten by varmints.  Blogger Solarbeez suggested picking the tomatoes before they’re ripe (thank you Solarbeez for the great suggestion).… Continue reading

It’s the Varmints or Me. . .

Here’s a shout out to the garden bloggers community: I’m looking for advice on how to deal with anonymous varmints that are stealing into my garden beds at night and taking bites out of my… Continue reading