From the category archives:

Veggies & Fruits

The Pathway

November 19, 2011

For the first time this year the confetti of fallen leaves crackled underfoot as I walked down the path to the garden, their excited crunch announcing the arrival of fall. The breast high weeds that had encroached into the pathway have begun to retreat. Spring brought their colors and smiles, summer brought their thorns and [...]

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Rotten Tomatoes and Yellow Leaves.

July 10, 2011

So why do my tomato leaves turn yellow and why are my tomatoes rotting before they are ripe? Vegetable season is in high gear and fruit is beginning to ripen. This is the time when I start to get all the questions.  Why do my zucchini drop off? Why won’t my melon set fruit?  What [...]

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Thinking of Planting Garlic This Spring?

April 1, 2011

I’ve been preparing to plant my spring garden and am planning to include some garlic again this year.  It seems like we use garlic in just about every meal so why not grow it? I must confess my last attempt didn’t go so well. I think I was sold some of very old bulbs for [...]

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My Visit To Moulin Castelas in South France

December 6, 2010

I had a chance to return to The Castelas Olive Growing Estate in southern France today to watch the annual olive oil pressing; and what an event it turned out to be. It had rained the night before, so I half expected to see the harvest halted temporarily; but when I arrived in the unforgettable [...]

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2010 GIANT pumpkin winner!!!!

October 24, 2010

Hear’s to one GIANT pumpkin!!! Congratulations to Ron Root, winner of the 2010 Half Moon Bay pumpkin growing competition with a 1,535 lb monster. Way to go Ron. If you are ever in the California central coast town of Half Moon Bay in October you will see this sleepy beach town transformed into Punkinville USA [...]

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Watch for these upcoming articles on vegetable gardening

March 23, 2010

It’s vegetable planting season so watch for these upcoming articles Planting Your Spring Vegetables This one will discuss the pros and cons of beginning with seeds verses buying starts at the local garden center. The Basics of Growing Heirloom Tomatoes I’m seeing them everywhere now, from the farmers market to the supersized grocery store (yes [...]

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How to Grow GIANT Pumpkins

September 26, 2009

Living in Florida it’s difficult to tell the seasons apart but certain holidays have a way of reminding me that things are about to change in most other areas of the country. Halloween is one of those occasions. My kids start weeks ahead discussing their costumes and getting excited about which friends with and where [...]

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Need a solution for why my tomatoes crack and split?

June 19, 2008

How to keep your tomatoes from cracking and splitting Excerpt from my eBook GROWING JUICY DELICIOUS TOMATOES available at Rainforth Home and Garden. IF YOU HAVE LARGE ROTTEN SPOTS ON YOUR TOMATOES SEE THIS POST HERE Welcome! Thanks for stopping my little website.  Hopefully you’ll find some useful advice here. Hopefully greensideupblog.com will be your [...]

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Mr. Potato Head Update – Projects for Kids

May 28, 2008

Here is a progress report on our Mr. Potato project: Back in March, Gracie’s grandmother assembled the parts for a fun project to do with kids I wanted to share with everyone. I called it Mr. Potatohead. I can remember from my own childhood doing the same project, and I thought Gracie would have fun [...]

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Are Square Watermellons Cool or Bizarre? Help me decide.

May 5, 2008

I’m not usually one to fall for gimmicks or the newest and greatest thing so I’m not sure how to react to square watermelons. I think they are kinda cool and could be a fun thing to do, especially if you are looking for a way to get kids interested in gardening but part of [...]

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