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Senior Gardening How-To's

Just because someone has a web site or even a book on gardening, that doesn't necessarily mean what they've written is "the right way" to do something. With that thought in mind, I present here a series of articles on how I grow some garden crops. What I've written is what works for us here at the Senior Garden, on our ground, under our weather conditions, and with my proclivity to be downright lazy and somewhat dimwitted at times.

Note that we also have an index page for our Feature Stories which may prove helpful.

A Dry Sump for My Raised Bed - I put a "dry sump" in the center of my raised garden bed to dry things out a bit. (October 8, 2008)

A Simple Cold Frame - The roughest of rough instructions are supplied for building a small (2'x6') cold frame. (October 27, 2008)

Growing Geraniums from Seed - I finally refined our previous blogs on growing geraniums from seed into more of a how-to on the subject. (March, 2015) Note that the older blogs remain, goofs and all.

  • Growing Geraniums from Seed - 2010 - If you have the right conditions, growing seed geraniums (geraniums from seed) is relatively easy. (January 22, 2010 - a discontinued, continuing horror story)
  • Growing Geraniums from Seed - 2009 - What should have been an easy "how-to" turned out to be an instructive lesson on nearly everything one can do wrong in starting geraniums from seed! (December 1, 2008 - another discontinued, continuing horror story)

Building a Raised Garden Bed - Here are a few tips and links for building a raised garden bed with large 6"x6" timbers. (March 30, 2009)

One Last Raised Garden Bed - I still used landscape timbers, but choose untreated 4x4 cedar timbers for use in a new, raised herb bed around our shallow well. (October 14, 2016)

Saving Tomato Seed - A quick, illustrated "how to" on saving tomato seed (October 12, 2009)

Succession Planting - How to keep your garden producing all season long (June 22, 2012)

Growing a Buckwheat Cover/Smother Crop - We don't grow buckwheat for seed, although I like buckwheat pancakes. We grow buckwheat to improve our clay soil and also to smother weeds in areas of the garden that would otherwise lie fallow for five or six weeks. (November 7, 2013)

How We Grow Our Onions - We grow our onions in tight, intensive gardening areas with excellent results. (August 6, 2014)

Growing Great Melons on Heavy Clay Soil - We grow our melons on an old cornfield with heavy clay soil. We get some melons every year, and great melons many years. (August 25, 2014)

Some Thoughts on Where to Put a Vegetable Garden - Where you put your garden will have a lot to do with how successful it is. (October 2, 2014)

How We Grow Our Carrots - An intensive planting tutorial for carrots. (January 21, 2015)

Sterile Potting Mix - How we prevent the dreaded damping off disease when starting seedlings. (January 27, 2015)

Growing Great Broccoli and Cauliflower - Growing great brassicas isn't really difficult. You just have to work around the weather a bit. (February 15, 2015)

Growing Garlic - Garlic is one of the easiest, most trouble free, and productive crops one can grow in a home garden. Why I waited so long to begin growing it or to write about it is a mystery. (March 29, 2015)

Mulching with Grass Clippings - We really wouldn't have much of a garden without using grass clippings to mulch our many vegetable plots. (May 16, 2015)

Growing Your Own Transplants - A few basics to get folks started growing their own garden transplants. (September 9, 2015)

Another Garden Delicacy: Homegrown Peas - How we grow our peas (October 7, 2016)

Growing Asparagus - How to start and maintain an asparagus patch. (October 12, 2016)

Our Tomato Cages - I lucked into how to make some really great tomato and pepper cages. (June 6, 2017)

Cutworm Collars - How we control cutworms in our Senior Garden. (March 29, 2018)

Growing Tomatoes - How we grow our tomatoes and a few comments about other methods. (August 7, 2018)

Growing Beans - Bush green, pole, or dried are garden favorites. (October 27, 2018)

Growing a Garden Delicacy: Sweet Corn - How we grow our sweet corn (November 1, 2018)

Growing Peppers - Sweet bell, hot,, red, yellow, etc., they all grow about the same way. (January 3, 2020)

Egg Carton Petunias - How we grow the lovely plants that line our porch in hanging baskets each summer. (February 22, 2022)

Growing Lettuce - Growing lettuce is easy. Writing about it is a bit more difficult. (May 8, 2022)


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