Archive for November, 2008

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December in the Garden

November 29th, 2008

photo by Michael Smith - New Windsor, Maryland

What to do in the garden in December? The truth is, even here in the sunny south there isn’t a  lot of excitement garden wise going on in the month of December – which isn’t an entirely bad thing of course.  At the very least it’s a chance to look forward to next season.

Nonetheless, there are a few things that need to be done.

  • If you are an on-the-ball fall gardener you don’t need to be told that you have cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, greens of all kinds, carots, jerusalem artichokes, celery, radish, spinach and all manner of good stuff  to deal with.  The rest of us need to remember this next August when we should be planting instead of lounging by the pool.
  • If you haven’t already done so it’s high time to get rid of any crop residue that’s left – mummified fruits are very likely to harbor disease or pests – remove or burn anything like this.
  • As ground becomes available it can be dug and left rough – compost, manure, and other amendments can be spread and left for winter weather to work on for a while.  The freeze thaw cycles will do a lot of the work for you. » Read more: December in the Garden
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Almost Winter

November 26th, 2008
Mid November brings the first hard freeze to my garden.

Mid November brings the first hard freeze - and frost painting on the cold frame.

I took this picture on our coldest morning so far with over night lows in the upper teens. Yet according to my tell tale thermometer the temperature in my small green house has never dipped below 32 degrees F – although I’m sure it soon will. » Read more: Almost Winter

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Building Greenhouse Doors

November 10th, 2008

<< Building the $50 Greenhouse

Welcome back Stumbleupon Gardeners!

If this looks like too much work – I did a much simpler door on the other end.

This weekend I finally got time to start on the doors for my 50 dollar greenhouse.  The design that I came up with is light, strong, simple, and can be built easily and quickly using only a circular saw and a hand drill.  I must admit that I did use a table saw to rip out the stock, and put it through a planer to accurately dimension it, but this was only a convenience, and isn’t at all necessary for a good result.  This polytunnel door design can be built on a set of sawhorses out in the driveway, but it will be a lot easier if you get someone to help you hold things while you saw, drill and fasten parts together. » Read more: Building Greenhouse Doors

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Find Accurate Gardening Information – Fast

November 9th, 2008

While I’ve recently been hard at work on some new gardening stuff for your enjoyment, I don’t quite have any of that ready to post just yet. So, instead I’m going to reveal an extremely useful tidbit of top secret garden blogger information.

How to find Authoritative, Accurate Gardening Information – Fast

The problem with the internet is that anyone can post anything about any subject (me for example) whether they know what they are talking about or not.  For example if you Google for “Home Garden” you get 151 million results – most of which are trying to sell you something.  Finding the really good stuff is like looking for the proverbial needle.

Fortunately if you know how to ask, » Read more: Find Accurate Gardening Information – Fast