gardening interests: Composting, Container Gardening, Cooking, Culinary Herbs, Edible Landscaping, Fruits and Berries, Organic Gardening, Ornamental Gardening, Square-Foot Gardening, Sustainable Living, Vegetables, greenhouse,orchids

Member Since: 08/11/2009

recent comments

Re: Top Composting Myths Debunked

My compost pile is the wood pallet type. One year we had so much rain that I covered it with pieces of metal roofing. It attracted mice and slugs for a while. Then one day I went out to add some stuff to it and found the biggest, best fed garter snake I have ever seen! No mice, no slugs. Unfortunately it was shy and I scared it away.

Re: How to Grow Superb Summer Squash

I enjoy your articles on growing veggies and always garner a few new ideas, but I have one problem no one has been able to answer yet: how do we get warm weather in the soggy Northwest?
Last year we had exactly 8 days of summer, and this year is shaping up to be the same or worse! I'm kidding...I think. Or not.

Re: The Road to Healthy, Productive Tomatoes

Response to Gingercat and anyone else with tomato blight problems. Here in Western Washington we had severe late blight problems for several years, seemingly out of the blue. Then it seemed to disappear. As a master gardener, I can track these problems by the number of questions we get from gardeners. It was so bad for several years that I started growing my tomatoes in a small greenhouse. Anything you can do to keep the leaves dry helps, but sometimes even heavy humidity can aid in infection. Early blight is not as severe a problem. Late blight is what caused the potato famine in Ireland in the nineteenth century. Fungicides have not been proven to help much, but may be worth a try. Other than that, pray for hot dry weather!

Re: Garlic and Chile Insecticidal Soap Spray

I would love to print this, but it won't print. Help?

Re: Exotic Ginger Syrup with Lemon Herbs and Vanilla Bean

I love ginger! Can't wait to try this. Thanks.

Re: Thornless Blackberries

I live in western WA/Puget Sound area. I bought 3 Chester thornless blackberry plants a number of years ago, and I have been giving away berries and plants ever since. The berries are large and sweet and very prolific. We have made blackberry wine (excellent!), syrup, pies, cobblers and jelly and still have more than we need. My favorite thing is to eat them right off the vine. In this area, if you do not keep them well pruned, they will take over the area. I have seen canes 30 feet long the first year, before I learned. They went across the driveway and into the next field. But being thornless, they are easy to handle. A great berry. Now to find a thornless raspberry...

Re: The Tomato Sandwich: Summer's Ultimate Food

I can live on tomato sandwiches in the summer! But I prefer a bread with some substance and texture to it - cracked wheat, for instance. But for pure perfection, try a tomato sandwich on lightly toasted jalapena bread. It is a whole new flavor experience.