Grandpa’s Garden is a collection of hints and tips to help you get more enjoyment out of your garden.
Suggested Grandpa's Garden Articles
I Found An Onion Set Laying On top of the GroundMust have been a cat digging that caused it. It had a full beard of one inch roots spreading out from the bottom and no stem tip showing.
Reuse Your Garden TrimmingsShe knows it won't go to waste because whatever doesn't get put down in the summer for water retention goes on in the fall to keep the ground insulated during the winter. I'll have earthworms tilling my soil under 4" of straw all winter long.
The 80°F Days We're Having Is Causing Crucifers to WiltThis is a good thing because it means I didn't water them deeply and infrequently to get them to grow deep roots. All their growth went above ground to produce a crop as early as possible.
Mid May Is The Time Of YearIt's been so warm this year I had to take the cold frames off my zucchini hills because they were wilting from lack of air circulation. The frames did a great job keeping the pill bugs and slugs away from my transplants, I've had no damage at all.
It Appears We Exist On A Spinning RockWe are merely one of many galaxies that are all moving away from each other. We don't know how big the universe is, but the condensation of water molecules on any of the rocks can become the primordial soup of the possibility of life forms.
Aspirin Water Coffee and ShadeThese are a few of my favorite things. Shade is especially welcome this time of year and I feel guilty for enjoying all were getting from the wild fire smoke.
Now That the Blossoms Have FallenThey dart up to get passing mosquitoes then return to the same stalk that they left. Sometimes skirmishes occur if they don't get the stalk they had claimed.
The Prettiest Thing In The Garden YesterdayThey shimmered and sparkled with all the refracted colors of the rainbow, and when I squinted my eyes, became a trippy light show. Colors can move us, like music, because the heart knows that which the mind can't comprehend.
Heated Seed Starting Mats are GreatI'll be moving the six packs outside in the morning and back in at night for awhile. Last year we had so much sunshine in January that I had to prop open the plastic dome covers so the sprouts wouldn't cook.
I Decided To Dig Up The BeetsI discovered a web of wood like roots so dense that they held the soil together like sod. They were blackberry roots from the other side of the fence.
Keep Mulching in NovemberI'm finding leaves everywhere this year. Free mulch, so everywhere I go I'm taking inventory.
More Gardening Articles
No Gardening Got Done On Christmas Day
Once you get out of the house and start moving around lots of things will dispel your cabin fever. Being cold makes you want to go back in but a fire keeps you entertained.
2 Liter Bottle Hydroponics
2 liter bottles make excellent hydroponics containers and they're cheap. I've had excellent results growing lettuce in them, and you don't have to water very often at all.
Hydroponic Dutch Buckets
I've never had as wonderful growth as I've had in dutch buckets. The results are simply amazing.
After discovering bus boxes from the restaurant industry I think I've found the best possible solution. They are food grade plastic and nice and deep.
My First Attempt At Gardening
I had caught two toads and wanted to keep them as pets. I got some small potted plants, rocks, sticks and sand and created a mini jungle.
Im'a gonna get more exercise. I think we Grampa gardeners could all get on that bandwagon.
Gardening is a perfect hobby for automation. You can automate your watering, heating, fans, and temperature sensors.