2020 Year in Review: What did my Garden Grow?

2020 has been a year alright. Just like everyone else, I had to change & adapt throughout this crazy year in many different facets of my life, gardening included. I had a few successes, a few failures, tried new gardening methods & new plants. This year’s gardening adventure was certainly a learning experience, more so…

Fresh Pumpkin Pie Recipe: Grown From Seed & Made From Scratch

The feasting time has come, my friends, when we stuff ourselves with turkey & all the sides. Pumpkin pie has always been my favorite part of Thanksgiving. Years ago, I was perfectly happy with store-bought pies for the holidays. That all changed once I started making my own pies. My baking life completely changed once…

End of Season Growing from Seed Update

Whew, it has been one eventful growing season over here! 2020 brought a lot of new gardening challenges, chief among them was my quest to grow from seed. As a general novice in this gardening field, I decided to dive right in this spring by starting a bunch of seeds indoors. Mainly because I was…

I Grew a Pumpkin! + General Pumpkinpalooza-ness

Happy Halloween Eve! I thought I would give a little update on my post from a couple a month ago about growing pumpkins from seed. Mainly, because it’s prime pumpkin season, but also because that pumpkin actually grew! After all of the problems that I have faced trying to grow pumpkins & squash through the…

Fall Raised Bed Garden Clean Up & Planting Garlic

The nights are getting longer & the weather is turning cooler, which means that a lot of my annual plants aren’t looking so hot anymore. All of my tomato plants have shriveled up & succumbed to the fall weather. On the other hand, it also means that it’s finally time to plant garlic! As a…

How to Harvest Tomato Seeds Now for Free Tomato Plants Later

It’s that time of year again when chilly autumn nights reign & the threat of frost starts to loom. I’m always a bit relieved when cooler temperatures arrive since that means I don’t have to water my garden as often. However, it also means that most of my plants will soon fade off into the…

Tomato Wars: End of the Season Update (Seed Starting Indoors, Winter Sowing, Hydroponics vs. Direct Sowing)

Back in the spring, I thought it would be interesting to plant brandywine tomato seeds in a variety of ways & chronicle their growth here. I am relatively new to growing plants from seeds, so I was excited to experiment with different seed starting methods. I started this Tomato Wars series off with an article…

Adventures in Growing Pumpkins from Seed

Hello, pumpkin season! Yes, I am one of those pumpkin-crazed people that loves all things pumpkin! Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere is basically my motto for fall. For me, autumn is for decorating & cooking/baking with pumpkins. Since I pretty much believe that there is no such thing as having too many pumpkins, I decided to try…

Planting Peas from Seed for Fall Harvests

It’s hard to believe that autumn is quickly approaching, especially when it is still so hot outside, but September is already here & cooler temperatures will be here too before we know it. My veggie plants are still growing strong for the most part, but it won’t be long before they kick the bucket. Enter…

Homegrown & Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Like a lot of gardeners this year, I have been enjoying a bumper crop of strawberries. I only have one everbearing strawberry plant, so I’m used to picking maybe 5 a week during the harvesting periods. But, this year has been a different story & I have been gathering about 10-15 strawberries a day so…