GROWING FOOD

How to Grow Potatoes

How to Grow Potatoes and why You Should with Sensible Gardening

I’ve always liked to grow vegetables but potatoes have never really been on my list. I love potatoes but they do take up a fair amount of room and are always quite cheap to buy so they’ve been missed. After reading a great book, The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan, I’ve had a change of heart about growing my…

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Tomato Seedlings

Growing Tomatoes at Sensible Gardening and Living

So far…so good! The tomato seedlings are up and looking very healthy. I will probably pot them up into larger pots in a few weeks but for now they look happy and well. I tried a few different varieties of tomato seeds this year, all of which are certified organic. Persimmon Heirloom Tomato Variety. A large orange beefsteak, sweet, resistant…

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Almond Trees

Christmas almonds at Sensible Gardening and Living

Unfortunately I am not able to grow almond trees as my garden is too far north, but I always make a great treat at holiday time called Spicy Maple Nuts. They are so easy to make and everyone loves them. My husband has an apiary and is always reading up on the life of bees and came across an interesting…

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Herbs and Hedges

Herbs at Sensible Gardening and Living

Nothing sets off your herb garden better than low hedge plants. Besides looking great the hedge will provide protection for the growing herbs. A hedge will give shelter from the cool winds, increasing the soil and air temperature around the herbs, giving them a sheltered site which they will appreciate. There are several plants for hedges, the one I love best…

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Bad Neighbors in the Veggie Patch

Bad neighbors in the Veggie Patch with Sensible Gardening. Proper placement of vegetables in your garden.

Placement of your vegetables in your garden patch can determine how successful your overall crop will be. It appears plants are not unlike people when it comes to personal relationships, love em or leave em. What is Companion Planting? We’ve all heard about companion planting, a method used by organic growers using great biodiversity in the garden. Basically flowers, herbs…

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Potted Herbs for Winter Growing

Potted Chives at Sensible Gardening and Living

As the days creep by our temperatures are on a slow decline. Once November rolls around it is anybodies game as far as our weather is concerned. Most of the beds have been cleaned up and many perennials cut down. A few annual containers still look presentable so I’ll leave them for a bit. I would however like to salvage…

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Drowning in Apples

Apple Boxes at Sensible Gardening and Living

To say it was apple season around here would be an understatement. The orchards are alive with the apple pickers radio tunes and full apple boxes ready for market. Apples hanging on the trees, filling up the crates and rolling around the ground. With so many apples around you must get creative and find ways to deal with them, you…

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Apple Harvest

Apple harvest at Sensible Gardening

Where I live it is time to harvest apples big time. Living in an orchard area has advantages, fresh fruit is very abundant. Our farmers market and farm sales supply us with a great variety of fresh fruit and produce. When you live around orchards and see the amount of work and energy that goes into a crop you definitely…

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Growing Pumpkins

Chocolate Dipped Grapes at Sensible Gardening and Living

Before long it will be pumpkin time again in our neck of the woods. Pumpkin plants are one kind of tough skinned winter squash that has been given a life of its own with Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Every fall we decorate our homes and children spend countless hours creating and carving jack-o’-lanterns. As a food source the pumpkin plant are…

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It’s Garlic Time

Planting Garlic Bulbs with Sensible Gardening and Living

Garlic is one of the most useful plants you will ever grow. It has been used for food and medicines for centuries by many different cultures. There are over a hundred compounds in garlic that give it it’s abilities as a healing herb. Technically you could buy a garlic head at the grocers and separate and plant the clove of…

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Garden Grapes

Growing Grapes with Sensible Gardening. Create your own Mini Vineyard.

A quick trip out to our back garden and I was rewarded with a basket of fresh sweet grapes. We garden in a grape growing and wine making area so it seems only right to a have a few vines of our own. Names long lost, we have several different varieties of both red and green eating grapes. All are delicious…

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Planting Buckwheat

Planting Buckwheat for the bees at Sensible Gardening and Living

Since we have a small apiary on our farm we are always looking for plants to grow that will be good food for the bees. Buckwheat is such a crop. Buckwheat honey is dark, full-bodied with a strong spicy aroma. Buckwheat honey benefits are many as it also contains iron and more antioxidant compounds than some lighter honeys. Buckwheat honey…

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