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Bucket Garden Update – August 2016

I thought I’d give you a bit of an update on my bucket garden and how it is doing this summer compared to this time last year.

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Hardening Off Plants

A common complaint among novice gardeners is that they buy a beautiful looking tomato (or pepper or what-have-you) plant from the garden center, they bring it home to their own garden, and it seems to suffer. The plant, not necessarily the gardener. It gets brown leaves, maybe. Or doesn’t seem to grow. Or a myriad of other problems, and the gardener concludes they just don’t have a “green thumb”. Continue reading

May is for Gardening

It’s that time of year again…

Time to get that garden planted! We have had quite a bit of cool, rainy weather here in Northern Utah the past couple weeks, but it’s time to start planting. And if you were thinking it was too late, well I have good news: you’ve still got time!

I planted up some of my buckets a few weeks ago with lettuce, spinach for a salad garden; and since I have a goal to beautify my outdoor space a little more, I also planted up some buckets with gladiolus and zinnias. Everything is coming up and looking good so far, but I’ll keep you updated on how the flowers do as the season goes on. When it gets a bit warmer (i.e., the threat of frost is gone), I’ll plant some cherry tomatoes as well. In my kitchen, I started some basil and cilantro that I’ll move out to the patio when it gets warmer.

If you’re in a similar hardiness zone and climate as me, and if you were wanting to plant lettuce or spinach or peas you should get those in as soon as possible. They like the cooler weather. Broccoli, onions, carrots, and beans can also go in now. But, hold off on the cucumbers, the tomatoes, the squashes, and the corn until after the danger of frost has passed (a good rule of thumb is the middle of May if you have a way to protect them, otherwise wait till after Memorial Day).

For more info on when to plant, or how to start your own bucket garden, check out these posts:

When Can I Plant?

Hardiness Zones…Do They Matter

Bucket Gardening 101

Bucket Gardening “How-To” Video

Starting Seeds Indoors (and another method to starting seeds indoors)

 

Planting Bulbs

Remember how “fall is a second spring“? Well, it turns out that fall is a good time to start thinking about spring, too.

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Why Leaves Change their Color

Things I love about fall:

  1. Apples
  2. Apple Cider
  3. Apple fritters

Oh, and the fall colors too.
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