Amendments

Just a Little Natural Fertilizer Please

It has been a few months since most of our seeds, seedlings and plants were put into the soil.  Some of those plants have probably used up most of the nutrients from the initial batch of soil and compost. If you want to give your plants the best chance of optimum growth and/or vegetable and […]

The Scoop on Soil Amendments

Soil Amendments and the Small Garden The subject of natural soil amendments can be quite extensive and complex.  We will try to keep it simple and concentrate on natural nutritional soil amendments. Our focus is on small space gardening and we use balcony gardening as a common model.  With this in mind, there will usually […]

Planting Tips For A Small Space Garden

Planting Seeds or Trans – Planting Seedlings When we say we are going to “plant a garden”, we sometime mean planting seeds and sometimes mean planting or transplanting seedlings.  We, as humans, are more likely to continue a good hobby or healthy habit if we have early successes, so we have created some premixed soils […]

Planning for a Small Space Garden

The core issue here is the limited space, almost everything, from the space to the containers to the tools are smaller than the common backyard garden. This will affect the other key issues such as what to plant (smaller varieties), where to plant (pots, boxes, and walls), and when to plant (succession or rotation planting). Here we will […]

More ways to expand your Small Space Gardening experience

Spring is here! It is time to start planting!  Depending upon your location and weather, you may need to start inside, but Spring is here and Summer is coming soon. Maybe this is the year that you expand your gardening projects. Like a second round of new years’ resolutions.  Here are some “starter” ideas: More: […]

Dressing Up Pumice – The Understated Soil Ingredient

Most people never stop to think much about the little white particles in a bag of potting soil. They are noticeable but a very minor presence in the overall amount of soil in the bag. In years past, I remember thinking about those little white pieces with some annoyance because I didn’t know what they […]

Spring Surprises

I know we’re nearing the end of summer but as I harvest flowers and vegetables (mostly oh so many tomatoes – 14 large ones and over 40 cherries yesterday alone) and still a few ever-bearing strawberries, I think back to the beginning of the season when a few spectacular flowers appeared in my gardens for […]

Evolution of a New Garden!

It’s time to share the story of my front yard, small as it is. I often find myself saying to people these days as they arriving at or leaving my home, “isn’t that amazing”!  I’m not often taken to bragging but am somewhat amazed myself, as I often am when wonder at the ability of […]

The Right Time For Worm Castings

A couple weeks ago at a nearby outdoor growers market a woman I was talking to stated that, “we wouldn’t be alive without worms”.  I chuckled thinking that was an interesting thought and perhaps a bit exaggerated. But then a few seconds later quickly agreed with her. Worms are essential for growing things in all […]

The Brilliance of Pumice

Using the word “brilliant” to describe pumice might lend to people thinking it is a shiny rock. Those of you who have ever seen or touched pumice know it is anything but shiny. But what I am meaning is that I find pumice impressively brilliant, or in other words, “smart” as a soil amendment.As a kid […]