Olla – Self irrigating system

One of the disadvantages to having my garden plot at the community garden is the limited irrigation options. There are 2 large rain water storage tanks, which is where the gardeners draw their water from. It is not as easy as using a hose. My daughter and I water our garden by filling up 5 gallon buckets of water, and using a wheelbarrow to transport them from the storage tanks to our garden. In the beginning of the season it is not a big deal because the plants are still small and do not require a substantial amount of water….

Vertical Gardening

The gardening endeavor I was most excited about last year was growing a pumpkin on a trellis. One of the advantages of having a plot at a community garden is you have an unintended audience. There are the other gardeners who tend a plot there, and my community garden plot is located at a public park. There is a farmer’s market held there weekly, and people sometimes wander over to check out the gardens. So when I read about growing a pumpkin vertically, on a trellis, in Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Garden Book, I fell in love with…

Garden Pest Control

One of the mistakes a new gardener often makes is not being prepared for pests. I was no different. I knew I was not prepared in that department, but decided to wing it. I wanted to keep the garden 100% organic, so conventional pesticides were out of the question. I read up a little bit on pests, (like the dreaded Tomato Hornworm), and did plant some Borage to prevent an infestation, but that was the extent of my pest prevention preparation. Experience, after all, is the best teacher, and I knew I would be learning a lot as the season…

From Black Thumb to Green Thumb

Spring is here, and it is time for Lily and me to start playing in dirt again. It is hard for me to believe that last year was the first time I had a garden. Prior to last year, the only plants I grew for food was a small basil plant, (which I managed to kill), and a Kumquat tree, (that my husband managed to kill). I was not sure how last year’s experiment was going to turn out. But surprisingly, the garden was a success. So I thought I would share some of my experiences on my blog, in…

Patio Garden

You don’t need a big yard or a lot of land to grow food. All you need is good soil, water, sunlight, and determination. Oh and time, you have to water them regularly and weed a little too. In the past few months my daughter and I started a small patio garden (in addition to our plot at the community garden). So far it has been a success, the plants on our patio are doing very well, in some cases even better than the plants at the big garden. We started with a rectangular self watering planter that my husband…

Growing Food

It has been over a month since I have posted in this blog. My daughter and I have been busy learning a new skill, and this takes a lot of time. This might be one of the most important skills we have ever learned and I am surprised it is not taught in most schools. What is it? Growing food. I wanted to do this when we lived in South Korea, but we didn’t have the space or resources. I thought about joining the older korean women in their renegade gardening, but never got around to it. (They grow food…

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