What I learn every time I visit a community garden is that there are so many ways to do everything and this Berlin garden is an amazing example of ingenuity and inspiration. As the rain starts falling the group gets up for the site tour. HH gives me the signal he is tired of waiting patiently so I edge my way out of the garden. I hate to leave. These are my people.
Grow Greens for Pizza: I grew the pizza greens under my grow lights indoors. A perfect activity for winter gardeners. PS Like a Christmas cake you have to start growing lettuce and greens early under lights if you want a fresh salad or fresh basil for a winter salad. I found Basil takes about 20-25 days under lights in cool weather but arugula and lettuce are ready to snip and eat in 8-15 days.
I felt like a fraud last week. I was having dinner with Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott and she was correcting my understanding of wood mulch depth around trees. For years I have been insisting on 4 inches (10 cms) of wood mulch at the base of trees in new landscape installations. She was disputing that…. so If you are using bark mulch tell me how much mulch you use. You may be surprised by Linda’s suggestion.
This week a new crop comes out of the closet and opens up new possibilities to gardeners everywhere. And so I tried growing cannabis myself this summer just to see if it was easy or complex. Hint: If you are a new gardener I suggest you start with Orchids or Tomatoes or Quinoa. Try anything except Cannabis.
Tony was interviewing me. She wondered how long I had been playing in my garden and I didn’t want to answer that question. It is partly because I have been playing for so long and – well – I might seem old if I start throwing out numbers. I am not new to gardening but there is one thing I know for sure. I will never be as smart as the day I graduated with honours with my degree in Agriculture.
Last week started with a bang…. literally. My beautiful car crashed and is out of commission. But now it is sunny again, we have a rental car in the driveway and no one is injured. So, I am happy to be back in the garden cleaning up, harvesting and playing in my greenhouse.