April Seedling Update {TGP}

tomato seedlings 4-2-13

I’m sure you’ve all been waiting with baited breath to see how my seedlings fared after our dog went on his wild rampage. No? Well – at least a teeny bit curious? By the way, thanks to your comments we realized that it was probably a mouse that Samson was trying to get! I don’t […]

Doggone Seedlings {TGP}


That, my friends, is my sad attempt at a pun. My first title, though, was ‘Dog-saster,’ so count yourselves lucky. Here’s the story: These are my three-week-old seedlings – yeah! Growing and looking good. Nothing wrong with that. I planted them similar to this post all about seed starting, except this year I’m trying a […]

Winter Gardening: Organizing and Buying Seeds

seed file box

I spent some time with my seed catalogs this weekend and got all the seeds ordered and bought for the coming gardening season. Woot! None of that business like last year when I didn’t start one seed inside, no sirreee. I learned my lesson as I had to shop at a number of nurseries and […]

All About Starting Plants From Seeds

If it’s February, then it means I want to start thinking about my garden. Actually, I could already be planting some things if I used a hoop house and was a little more exhuberant about being outside in the cold and rain. *blush* Anyway, I’ve heard from a number of you that you are ready […]

10 Vegetable Varieties To Try In 2012

I’ve been enjoying an annual tradition of mine this past month: reading my favorite seed catalogs and dreaming of the coming garden. I especially like seeing what new varieties there are and finding varieties may have been around, but are new to me. Every year I try to grow some things I haven’t grown before. […]

Favorite Garden Catalogs & Seeds

Pintetree catalog

Today I’m talking garden catalogs and the seeds we buy every year– in other words, the ones we won’t garden without! Now, I’ve mentioned before why I love starting plants from seeds, even when my garden is small, but let me quickly reiterate the reasons: You get to pick the varieties, not the nursery, which enables […]

The Case Of Too Many Tomatoes

We pulled into my in-laws house for a visit recently and noticed there were tomatoes greeting us by the front door. I thought, “Well, that’s creative to plant them in a pot with nasturtiums and sunflowers.” Then I turned to the left and saw that there were tomatoes planted in the front mound that had […]

When Seeds Sprout

One of the things I enjoy about starting my garden vegetables from seed is the thrill I get when they sprout. It’s just such a little miracle. You put this dry, brown thing in more dry brown stuff, add some water and – poof! Plants emerge. Real, green living things. And sometimes they’re pretty old […]