Local Business Spotlight – Chapon’s Greenhouse

We didn’t propagate any annual ornamentals this year, and actually, short of sunflowers and marigolds we rarely ever do.  But no need to fret, in the South Hills of Pittsburgh we are blessed with an abundance of excellent local nurseries to choose from.  Last year I got my flowers from the incredible Martin’s Flowers andContinue reading “Local Business Spotlight – Chapon’s Greenhouse”

Spring Seedling Sale 2021 – Check out our offerings!

We are pleased to announce that these will be the offerings for our 2021 Spring seedling sale.  We won’t officially be selling these seedlings until Saturday May 8th, they still have some growing to do, but we do want to put them on your radar.    All of the plants listed we grew either fromContinue reading “Spring Seedling Sale 2021 – Check out our offerings!”

Nursery Update – Week of April 2, 2021

This week continues to bring new signs of spring, even if the weather has turned back into winter.  We’ve got a lot of new growth going on at the nursery, both for the near term and long term future.   Our seedlings are coming along well.  We mentioned some of the varieties that we are growingContinue reading “Nursery Update – Week of April 2, 2021”

Nursery Update – Week of 3/26/2021

We have not done business updates in quite a while, but now that the weather is changing and the growing season is underway, we’ll be providing more regular updates! We also hope to see you out in the community in the months to come!  Right now we’ve got a lot of edible seedlings sprouted.  WeContinue reading “Nursery Update – Week of 3/26/2021”

Book Review (Double) Teaming with Microbes and Teaming with Fungi

Teaming with Microbes:  The Organic Growers Guide to the Soil Food Web by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis and Teaming with Fungi:  The Organic Growers Guide to Mycorrhizae by Lowenfels alone are two must reads for the modern gardener. Incredibly well researched, these books provide an extensive overview of soil food webs and microbial life,Continue reading “Book Review (Double) Teaming with Microbes and Teaming with Fungi”

Resource – My Favorite Gardening Youtube Channels

Here are a few gardening channels from Youtube that I find useful, practical, and informative.  There are many other great channels out there that I’m probably leaving out, but these are the ones that I come back to time and time again when I want to learn or review something.   The Gardening Channel With JamesContinue reading “Resource – My Favorite Gardening Youtube Channels”

Product Review – Back to the Roots Mushroom Farm

First the disclaimer.  I am in no way affiliated with Back to the Roots or their products and I’m not making money through this review.  I’ve been curious about these kits for some time and have really wanted to try it.  Finally, a couple weeks ago I picked up a kit, and it delivered!  WithContinue reading “Product Review – Back to the Roots Mushroom Farm”

Gardening Resources: Cheap or Free

Gardening can be a very expensive hobby.  Between buying soil, plants, containers, compost, mulch, supports, tools, and other gardening needs and wants gardeners end up spending a boatload.  Some years I think I spent way more money on growing food than I would have spent if I just bought the food at the supermarket (theContinue reading “Gardening Resources: Cheap or Free”

¿Cómo hacer un huerto latino en el noroeste de los estados unidos? Parte 2 – Los Ajíes

Los ajíes marcan la comida Latina.  Ajíes son de América.  Antes de marcar la comida tailandes, hindu, o europeo las indígenas de este continente ya comían y cultivaban ajíes.  Y son muchos los ajíes, muchas variedades.  Escribir aquí en un blog post no es suficiente, que se puede escribir muchos volúmenes en este asunto.   CultivarContinue reading “¿Cómo hacer un huerto latino en el noroeste de los estados unidos? Parte 2 – Los Ajíes”

Recado, or recao, or recaito. A seasoning blend/marinade that is a great way to use fresh ingredients to give your food great flavor.

This blend can go by a lot of names. My mother in law sometimes just calls it “una mescla” or a mix. It can also vary in ingredients and quantities based on taste or availability. This is how we made it recently, but you can add/adjust according to your preferences and what you have. WithContinue reading “Recado, or recao, or recaito. A seasoning blend/marinade that is a great way to use fresh ingredients to give your food great flavor.”