Garden updates and pictures!
Our garden is coming along nicely. I snapped the above picture in the rain…
Do you like how whole egg shells get tossed into the garden? Aren't they supposed to be crunched up in order to use them as compost? Or tossed into a compost pile with other stuff and then turned over a few times or something before going onto the garden? Or can you just throw stuff on like this???
Bob & Sonia's community garden is looking great, too, thanks for sharing your pics, guys!
Share your garden updates, too!
- The quest for nutrient-dense food: high brix farming: When I first read this article I was absolutely amazed at what I learned. I found it even more wild that all this DID interest me so much. A city girl eagerly learning about refractometers and soil quality? Trust me, it just might pull you in, too.
- Did you read about our local community garden?
- The importance of healthy soil with Jay McCaman: “I learned a lot by talking with people who didn’t go to a University, but mostly I learned from my Dad, I watched what he did. When I was a kid, my Dad’s tomatoes tasted better than everyone else’s, and when he did the same thing in our hay fields, the cows gave more milk.”
- Do you eat fruits and vegetables in season only?
Barb @ A Life in Balance says
We didn’t put in for the Seeds of Change seeds because we already had ours in hand for this year. The weather’s been a little weird, but our main vegetable garden is doing really well. Mulching has helped keep the soil moist during the current dry spell. We’ve had some bug issues, but nothing that I couldn’t get rid of eventually with just picking the bugs off the plants.
Eggshells are supposed to be good for tomato plants. I think the calcium in the shell helps prevent blossom end rot. I just dump mine in the compost pile with the rest of the kitchen scraps.
Sue E. says
Thanks, Jennifer! I am just wondering when I can start taking leaves off. Right now, each plant only has about 10 leaves on them. Should I wait until there is more growth?
I couldn’t remember, so I looked it up and found this: https://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-harvest-spinach
Remember that eating it slightly cooked is best! We like it saut
Sue E. says
Hi, Kelly! I am growing spinach successfully, for the first time this year! I saw some in your photo, in the upper 1/3 of the garden. My plants look to be about the same size. How much larger will they grow, and how do I know when to harvest it??
Jennifer W. says
Sue E., I grow Spinach every year. We do not harvest the whole plant. Instead, we take off leaves as we need them. Smaller ones are more tender but the large leaves are also good when they are fresh. If too tough for you, you can put them in soups.
At some point the plant will bolt & send out its flower. If you let it go to seed, you can collect the seeds and plant again in fall. Good luck!
Melissa Chapman says
Broken up egg shells will certainly break down faster (in the compost pile or garden), but it’s fine to throw them on the garden in larger pieces too… those pieces just might still be around for next year’s garden too! 🙂 Our family uses scattered broken egg shells on the garden (flowers or vegetables) to deter slugs, snails and cutworms. Egg shells provide calcium to the plants/soil, and the smaller the pieces the more calcium will leach out. Finely ground shells are also good for mama birds who are getting ready to or have recently laid eggs to help rebuild their calcium supplies.
[email protected] says
Thanks Melissa. I was wondering if egg shells would keep away slugs. I have some eating my basil! Thanks for the tips.
[email protected] says
I crunch mine up in a food processor and then throw them in my garden. I don’t know if that’s okay either, so I’m looking forward to some more expertise advise by someone else!