Planting in July?? – GTTY July

By July everything in the garden is growing full speed ahead!

Gardening Through the Year!

July is an intense gardening month.  There is still planting to do, harvesting is getting into full swing and preserving is just starting.  In the busyness of this time of year, take time to watch and appreciate the beauty and cooperation of all living things.  Be grateful.

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Welcome Visitors – GTTY June

Chickweed in June on a warm sunny day.

Gardening Through the Year!

In June the focus of your garden shifts from planting to harvesting and preserving.  Strawberries and mulberries ripen now.  Spinach, lettuce, broccoli, all other greens and peas are among the vegetables that are ready to pick.  Also, this is the month to pick and preserve your perennial herbs — thyme, oregano, marjoram, tarragon, chives, winter savory and sage. 

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Ahh! May in the Garden – GTTY May

Raised bed growing crops in May in upstate NY.

Gardening Through the Year!

It is hard to pick a favorite gardening month or gardening activity for that matter, but May combines the joy of setting out seedlings, planting seeds, harvesting the first vegetables and all without mosquitoes.  The air and soil are warm.  The rains are plentiful (usually).  The pests are few. 

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New Beginnings – GTTY April

Smart pots and watering planters are among the many tools to extend gardening in upstate NY.

Gardening Through the Year!

Harvesting in April is one of the best surprises of gardening here in the Northeast.  The snow recedes and the ground begins to warm and suddenly there can be food everywhere.  There are three sources of this bounty – perennial vegetables, herbs and wild foods.

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Is It Spring Yet?? – GTTY March

Yes, gardening in March can be productive

Gardening Through the Year!

Gardening has many challenges and and waiting through the month of March is one of them.  Every March is different — almost all come in like a lion.  When the lamb begins to shyly emerge in the middle of the month, it takes great restraint to remember our frost date is May 15, a full two months away

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The Plot Thickens – GTTY February

Garden map drawn on a cold February day.

Gardening Through the Year!

Once upon a time there was a lawn, green and lush, well fertilized and safe from broad leaf intruders.  In the spring, as the days grew longer it began to grow longer, too.  When the mower approached there was something very wrong, the blades were set low, way too low.  Next a sprinkling of some unfamiliar grainy stuff.  What was going on? 

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A New Kind of Resolution – GTTY January

More Gardening is a great New Year's Resolution

Gardening Through the Year!

It is time again for New Year’s Resolutions.  Lose weight.  Become more self-sufficient.  Spend less money on food.  Get outside more.  Spend more time in family activities.  Exercise more. Learn something new.  Have fun.  Improve your nutrition. ..

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Memories and Dreams – GTTY December

Gardening books make great Christmas gifts

Gardening Through the Year!

Boy, is it dark out there and cold!  What is a gardener to do when there is no light, the ground is frozen, snow covers everything and the tools are put away.  Thankfully, there is so much more to gardening than the physical work of planting, weeding, watering and harvesting.  Also fortunately, all the rest is perfectly suited to the winter months.

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A picture is worth a thousand words. – GTTY November

Hardy plants are doing very well in early November with modest care - here the night covers have come off to harvest and let the sun in.

Gardening Through the Year!

It was a beautiful November day today.  It was sunny, about 50 with little wind.  I had been wanting to get out into the garden for days, but it was chilly, windy and cloudy and there was too much going on in other areas of my life.  So what does a gardener do in November?  Harvest, plant, transplant, cover, uncover, clean up and compost.  There are new experiments and experiences each year.  It is all really quite satisfying and exciting.

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And the Garden Grows On – GTTY October

Protected outdoor lettuce plants in October

Gardening Through the Year!

When we first moved here (early ’70’s), I believed that the gardening season was over when the weather turned cold.  Each year I tried new things to get a few more weeks of fresh produce.  I would like to share those experiments and some of what I have learned.  Also October is the “get ready for spring” month.  The weather is still pleasant to work outside and the organic matter for improving your garden is abundant.

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