Category: Garden & Orchards

How To Feed & Fertilize Fruit Trees

Silver Tip Is The Time To Feed Trees

It’s important to feed fruit trees every year and to feed them only once a year. Fruit trees should never be over fertilized and should be fed when they are at “silver tip” in early spring. Silver tip is when the buds on fruit trees are still completely tight and unopened. The buds have a…

Reasons To Use A Broadfork or Hand Tiller In Your Garden

Using A Broadfork or Hand Tiller To Prepare Soil In Early Spring

A broad fork or a hand tiller is a low tech garden tool. It is sometimes called a “U-bar” because of the square shape. The broadfork or hand tiller is used primarily to break open the earth to allow aeration and deeper soil penetration for better plant root development without an undue disturbance to the…

Rosemary – The Herb Of Remembrance

Herb of Rememberance

I keep a small herb garden next to my kitchen door. It makes collecting fresh herbs while I’m cooking convenient. Years ago when I first moved to Pennsylvania I was dishearten to find that some herbs that I had always grown as perennials would not stand the harsh winters of western Pennsylvania. One perennial herb…

Apple Trees – Selection, Planting & Basic Care

Apple Organic

I own a small apple orchard of about 35 trees. I started my orchard over 27 years ago when I moved to my farm as a new bride. At the time my husband and I had just started to remake his old family homestead.The farm had been left idle for an entire generation and we…

Choosing A Vegetable Garden Location

Building Is Shading The Garden In The Afternoon

There are as many opinions about vegetable gardens as there are gardeners. Often new gardeners are confused by all the different information and advice. But the fact of the matter is vegetable gardening just isn’t that complicated. All that is needed to grow good vegetables is a dose of old-fashion common sense, some planning ahead,…

When To Plant A Garden

Good Garden Soil

Sometimes new gardeners need help interpreting and deciphering the back of a seed pack or a garden catalog. It seems like the information or directions should be forthright and easy to understand but that’s not always the case. There are a few terms and concepts that may be encountered in garden catalogs and on seed…

The Difference Between Hybrid & Non Hybrid Seed

Seed Marigold

New gardeners are sometimes confused by the terms hybrid, non- hybrid or heirloom when shopping for vegetable or flower seeds. Here’s a quick primer. HYBRID SEED Hybrids are the result of breeding two distinct varieties of plant or animal. The offspring of such a mating produces a new variety of the same species that incorporates…

How To Plant & Grow Garlic

Fresh Dug Garlic Drying On Chicken Wire

Fresh garlic is an indispensable addition to my cooking. I use a lot of it throughout the year. So I grow a lot of it. “Seed garlic” is the term for a bulb of garlic in which the cloves have been separated. The individual cloves are the seed. When the cloves are joined together the…

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts may look like small cabbages when you see them on your dinner plate, but they sure don’t look anything like a cabbage when growing in the garden. Brussels sprouts like broccoli, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower are members of the brassica family of vegetables. All brassica look very similar when first set out in…