Grow Peppers as Perennials

Growing peppers organically is second nature to me but I really never thought about trying to keep my sweet Italian peppers alive through the winter.

Who knew that peppers are perennials?

Jeff W – who created diy2thrive – knew.

His most recent podcast is all about how to grow peppers as perennials. I had no idea that in their native environment, peppers can live 5 to 7 years!

And his podcast doesn’t stop there. He discusses how peppers like to grow, what they like to eat and why peppers are a miracle food.

I love Jeff’s podcasts in general and really love the ones where he adds history, health benefits and tips for use.

So enjoy this podcast and sign up for more. I did!

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Eartheasy’s Composting Tips

If you are retired or you just like to work hard at gardening, Eartheasy offers some good tips on how to make compost over the winter.

The tips tell you how to cope if you have really cold, snowy winters or really wet ones.  And they cover location, additions and protection of your compost.

But if you are a lazy gardener, like me, one who thinks God handles composting pretty well, then you might want to read about my method of composting.

And if you want to know why composting is so important, check out why the magic of gardening truly is, “…in the dirt.”

BONUS:  two of my very favorite books on dirt are included in the Magic of Gardening.  Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth by William Bryant Logan and Holy Shit: Managing Manure To Save Mankind by Greg Logsdson.

If you’re looking for a gift for your organic gardener, you can’t dig up any better than these two tomes.  Perfect for reading on the coming winter days!

 

6 Health Reasons to Garden

Eartheasy does it again!

The Eartheasy fall newsletter has a lot of wonderful information in it (as usual) but gardeners will love the article by Robin Jacobs.

Jacobs, who holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology, with special interests in holistic nutrition and community systems, identifies 6 ways gardening positively affects health!

Most of us gardeners know that our hobby is good for us, intuitively.  Jacobs provides some substantive information that shows that our hobby is definitely good for our health.

Enjoy the article….and all the other lovely fall bits and bobs of information that Eartheasy offers.  And sign up for their newsletter!

This family owned business offers information, innovative products and incredibly good articles about living lightly (and well) on our mother Earth.

 

Plants That WILL Kill You

I love to garden; I love growing new and different plants. My grandson likes to try new plants — from the garden but also ones he “finds.”

It’s hard to tell a boy becoming a man what he should or should not do but in this instance, the conversation was short, sweet and to the point.

“If you don’t know what it is, don’t eat it.”

This was followed by a short series of reasons why he shouldn’t eat anything or everything he found in the yard, the woods or by the pond.  He appeared to listen but I wasn’t sure he could hear me.  So I turned to the internet and a web site that I use when in doubt.

The site is The Poisoned Garden.  It’s out of the UK and it is one of the most comprehensive sites I have ever found on the topic of poisonous plants.

The owner of this site is John Robertson, the former Poison Garden Warden at the Alnwick Garden, which is located in North Umberland, England. Robertson’s site is one of the best sites for looking up and properly identifying deadly plants.

So if you or one of yours likes to experiment with wild flora and fauna, take a minute to browse the Poisoned Garden or pick up a copy of Robertson’s book before you slice, saute and taste.  Is That Cat Dead is a wonderfully written book that’s available in both Kindle and paperback and is based on years of his work at the garden.

Visit the garden; read the book but if you are thinking about eating an unknown plant…here’s my final advice;  If there is ANY doubt; DON’T EAT IT!

Late Bloomer – Summer Garden Wrap-up – Episode 2.19 – YouTube

I love gardeners who love what they’re doing so much that they take the time to share information, advice and stories with other gardeners, even if it is all about fall clean up.

Kaye Kittrell is one such gardener.  Kaye is a member of my LinkedIn group – Grow Girls Grow Organic.  And Kaye makes the most wonderful videos about her gardening experiences.

Kaye wraps up all the lessons she learned this past year about aphids, powdery mildew and cabbage worms.  One quick tip for her and other gardeners:  to kill cabbage worms, get an old-fashioned flour sifter, put some flour in it and head to the garden early in the morning.

Make sure you get to the worms while the dew is heavy. Sift flour on the plant and worms and watch the sun dry them into papier mache worms! When it rains, the flour washes right off.  My mom’s tip and it works like a charm.

Professionally shot and edited, these videos are fun to watch and always teach this old gardening girl something new. So, I thought I would share!

Enjoy this wonderful, warm weather gardener’s adventures in dirt, especially here in the Mid-Atlantic where we are currently sitting under about 10 inches of snow and 1/4 inch of ice…all delivered in the last 7 days.

Late Bloomer – Summer Garden Wrap-up – Episode 2.19 – YouTube.

via Late Bloomer – Summer Garden Wrap-up – Episode 2.19 – YouTube.

My Virtual Garden: Mosaiculture Exhibition

I had to share this amazing display of sculpture done with plants.

No, not topiary…but living, beautiful and artistic sculpture.  The Lady and the Cranes is a favorite….and the horses are beautiful.

Love this exhibition and can’t wait to see where the next one will be held.  I may just have to go!

My Virtual Garden: Mosaiculture Exhibition.

via My Virtual Garden: Mosaiculture Exhibition.

Organic Oasis in North Carolina – CNN.com

Robin Emmons is living the very life I wish I could lead!

This young, energetic and extraordinary woman is growing thousands of pounds of organic produce and fruit and making it available to people who live in cities and far from fresh, healthy food.

With the help of a slew of volunteers, Robin converted 9 acres, including her own back yard, into organic gardens and orchards.  Since 2008, she and her team have grown, shared or sold close to 30,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Now she is up for the CNN Hero of 2013.  I voted for her.  Read her story and see what you think.  She is one of the good guys who deserves the cash that would go along with winning this honor.

And she’s one of us – organic gardeners who are helping to save the planet one plant at a time.

Creating an oasis in a Southern food desert – CNN.com.