Weekly Garden/Nursery Update September 17th and What can you do with a ton of peppers?

Greetings.  I’m hoping the gardening season continues to treat you well.  Here at the garden/nursery some things are wrapping up, like tomato season.  We have a few tomatoes still on really raggedy and blighted plants, and probably once those ripen that will be it for the year as far as tomatoes go.  Peppers are stillContinue reading “Weekly Garden/Nursery Update September 17th and What can you do with a ton of peppers?”

¿Qué hacer con una abundancia de ajíes?

Este año tenemos el maravilloso problema de tener demasiados ajíes. ¡Sí, yo sé, pobre nosotros!  Pero, los he cultivado de semilla, he cuidado las plantas, y quiero utilizarlos bien. He dado unos ajíes a familia, vecinos, y amigos, pero, la mayoría de ellos tienen sus propias plantas que obtuvieron de nuestro vivero, así que tienenContinue reading “¿Qué hacer con una abundancia de ajíes?”

Nursery/Garden Update Sept 3rd

This is my favorite time of year.  No, not because of pumpkin spice, but yes because of spice.  We’ve been rolling in peppers!  I’ve been runny nosed and teary eyed at every meal, not because of Covid or anything like that, but rather from habaneros, jalapenos, thai dragons, and all kinds of spicy treats.  MyContinue reading “Nursery/Garden Update Sept 3rd”

Nursery/Garden Update August 6, 2021

I love this time of year!  I love fresh home grown tomatoes, peppers, blackberries, and more.  We are getting all of those from our garden and more.  I am very grateful for this abundance, which is better than just calories to sustain us.  It is healthy, nutritious, and tasty food that keeps us healthy inContinue reading “Nursery/Garden Update August 6, 2021”

Book Review – The Plant Propagator’s Bible by Miranda Smith

I’ve been propagating plants in some form or another for 8 years now, starting off by starting seeds and going through to working with cuttings, division, and layering.  After reading Miranda Smith’s The Plant Propagator’s Bible, I can tell you that I still have a lot to learn!  This small book is jam packed withContinue reading “Book Review – The Plant Propagator’s Bible by Miranda Smith”

Nursery/Garden update Week of July 16, 2021

Many things have been growing well and the garden is filled with life. I love doing the planning, work, and research all year to have a garden, but this is the time of year I really love.  Things are growing and getting ready to harvest.  We get to be outside in the sun and enjoyContinue reading “Nursery/Garden update Week of July 16, 2021”

South Hills Spotlight – South Park Demonstration Garden (from the Penn State Extension)

After living in the South Hills most of my life, and now having lived about 5 minutes away from South Park for over a decade, I’m still discovering new things around here.  I was taking my girls to a new summer camp the GPS took me down McConkey Rd, which I’ve never been down before,Continue reading “South Hills Spotlight – South Park Demonstration Garden (from the Penn State Extension)”

Pepper Pruning

There are two camps of pepper growers out there, those that prune and those that do not.  I fall into the “do not prune” group, with a couple of exceptions.   Peppers (and tomatoes and eggplants) can be pruned to become more bushy and less upright.  Some growers say this increases yield.  I don’t disagree orContinue reading “Pepper Pruning”

Información en erosión y como evitarla

Encontré este artículo en el periodico La Estrella de Panamá:  La erosión como agente de degradación en los suelos y este asunto es muy importante, no solo para Panamá sino para el mundo entero.   La erosión ha sido un problema grande desde siempre, pero ha acelerado con prácticas agrícolas modernas como la labranza.  La labranzaContinue reading “Información en erosión y como evitarla”

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”