Friday, August 7, 2015

Abe's Guide To The Hibiscus

Abe's Guide To The Hibiscus





The huge flowers of the hibiscus dominate the summer garden. This magnificent summer perennial needs little care and has a long bloom season, so it is a wonderful addition to the full sun perennial garden.

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The huge, colorful flowers of the hibiscus, or swamp mallow, create a huge splash of color in the perennial flower garden. Abe’s Guide to the Hibiscus is a planting guide for gardeners that wish to grow this beautiful perennial flower successfully. It covers cultural care requirements, propagation tips, problems and many other topics related to growing Hibiscus moscheutos.

Written for gardeners by a gardener Abe’s Guide to the Hibiscus relates how to grow this beautiful perennial flower successful. From seed to cuttings to division, learn how to propagate this wonderful full sun perennial plant.

The hibiscus has many varieties available and you will find the most readily obtainable ones listed here. Gardeners will find the included seed catalog list useful, as well.

The Abe’s Guide to the Full Sun Perennial Flower Garden Series contains twenty full sun perennial flowers for the home perennial flower garden. The flower guides have the information the gardener needs to grow the plants successfully. From culture, propagation and best varieties, each guide contains complete information on each plant.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Abe's Guide to the Carrot





Growing carrots in the vegetable garden is easier than you might think. The carrot provides a plethora of nutrients in addition to proving a tasty vegetable for the table.

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Abe’s Guide to Growing Carrots is an excellent vegetable garden guide for the garden beginner as well as the veteran gardener.

Vegetable gardeners will find sections on growing, freeing, storing and canning carrots. Planting, culture, harvest and storage of the carrot is covered as well.

Abe’s Guide to Growing Carrots contains a list of seed sources as well. It will please vegetable gardeners to find our extensive list of seed catalogs included as well. This updated catalog includes some new seed catalog finds.

The garden vegetable series Abe's Guide to Growing Your Vegetable Garden includes this book. This exciting new series of vegetable gardening books will include twenty vegetables. These are the most common ones grown in the home vegetable garden. The books will all include complete growing, culture, botanical, harvesting and storage information. Great for veteran or beginning gardeners the series is written for gardeners by a gardener.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 Fall Garden Preparation


Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Fall Garden Preparation

Onions Drying in the Dryer
Onions Drying in the Dryer
Mid-Summer Harvest
Mid-summer harvests are completed. The potatoes came out of the ground last week and are safely in storage. This week it was the onion's turn. The harvest was disappointing, but I have onions to last us a few months. The ones that are too small to use I will plant in the fall as sets for next year. Some of these will produce flowers and set seed, giving me seed to plant next year. This year some of the bulbs flowered and I harvested the flower heads on Sunday. The flower heads will dry for a week in the dryer shelves I built. Then I will strip out the seed for planting later this summer. The goal is to plant them soon enough that they will gain enough size so they will live over the winter, in the garden greenhouse.
Waiting on Tomatoes
We are still waiting for the first tomatoes. Some had begun ripening a couple of weeks ago and raccoons raided the patch, and we did not get to eat them. I am trying to solve the raccoon problem, or we will not get any tomatoes this year.
Lettuce Seed
The lettuce seed has ripened and I hope this week to begin harvesting it. I am experimenting with growing some of my own seed, so far with acceptable success.
Carrot and Root Crop Seed Bed
Carrot and Root Crop Seed Bed
Planting the Fall Garden
Planting the fall garden is well under way. A fall garden can be quite productive, if planned properly. So far, I have some cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli seedlings growing in flats by the tool shed. By mid-August, I will set them in the garden, probably in one of the beds the garden greenhouse will cover. On Sunday morning, I planted fall peas, carrots, beets, rutabaga, edamame, salsify and parsnips. The rutabaga, salsify and parsnips I will probably over winter in the garden, with mulch, as I will the carrots. I will put a layer of shredded leaves over that bed and harvest during the winter, as needed. I can harvest as long as the ground is not frozen.
Seeding the Root Crops
I seeded the carrots and other root crops in the former potato bed. After harvesting the potatoes, I spaded in some compost made from grass clippings and shredded leaves. Then I let the bed rest a week. After working in a five-gallon bucket of worm compost from the worm farm, I watered the bed twice, and then made furrows to plant the carrots. After planting, I watered again. I will water this bed once or twice a day, unless we get rain, until the seeds have sprouted. After they are established, the weather will be cooler and the beds will not need watering nearly as much.
On Wednesday, August 5, I set three tomato plants in the bed that the garden greenhouse will cover. These well-established volunteers sprouted in the garden. I should be able to harvest fresh tomatoes off those plants after the others run out. If the raccoons let us have any at all.
Growing Rutabagas
Growing Rutabagas
Under the Lights
Under the lights, I planted the first crop of fall lettuce, as well as the last crops of cabbage. I used early season cabbage that should mature in the safety of the garden greenhouse. I also planted the first crop of kale, collards and kohlrabi. I will probably plant three crops of lettuce, kale and kohlrabi, the last to go in the garden greenhouse.
With any luck, the fall garden should provide a bountiful harvest of cabbage, lettuce, greens and root crops. Some of these I will be able to winter over in the garden greenhouse. One task I still have not undertaken is to make a list of the vegetables I can grow. I think the list could be quite long.


Friday, July 31, 2015

Abe’s Guide to Wall Germander

Abe’s Guide to Wall Germander





Providing four-season interest, germander teucrium is an excellent addition to the perennial flower garden. Its bright green, attractive foliage topped of by early summer lavender flowers is a pretty sight in the full sun perennial garden. Germander is useful as a hedge, border plant and groundcover on dry, difficult banks.

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Providing four-season interest, germander teucrium is an excellent addition to the perennial flower garden. Its bright green, attractive foliage topped of by early summer lavender flowers is a pretty sight in the full sun perennial garden. Germander is useful as a hedge, border plant and groundcover on dry, difficult banks.

Abe’s Guide to the Wall Germander is a planting guide for gardeners that wish to grow this beautiful perennial flower successfully. It covers cultural requirements, propagation tips, problems and many other topics related to growing the Germander teucrium.

Written for gardeners by a gardener Abe’s Guide to the Wall Germander relates how to grow this beautiful perennial flower successful. From seed to cuttings to division, learn how to propagate this wonderful full sun perennial plant.

The Chrysanthemum has many varieties available and you will find the most readily obtainable ones listed here. Gardeners will find the included seed catalog list useful.

The Abe’s Guide to the Full Sun Perennial Flower Garden Series contains twenty full sun perennial flowers for the home perennial flower garden. The flower guides have the information the gardener needs to grow the plants successfully. From culture, propagation and best varieties, each guide contains complete information on each plant.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 This Week In Abe's Beer Garden - Harvesting the Potatoes

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Red Potatoes
Red Potatoes
Abe's Beer Garden's Vegetable Patch has been producing vegetables for the table for a few weeks now. So far, we have not had any tomatoes. The wet weather produced a blight, which I have managed to quell, but the early blossoms have fallen off. Several were ripening, then raccoons invaded the garden ruined them. Now I note that they are beginning to pull the green ones from the vines. Unless I find an answer to the raccoon problem, we may not get any tomatoes.
Harvested the Potatoes
Some of the potato vines had died and they were ready to harvest. After digging these, it was apparent that the others would have to be harvested, also. The mice have infested the bed, gnawed some of them, and completely eaten others. So, on Sunday morning I harvested the rest of the potatoes. This diminished the harvest, somewhat, as the Kennebec, reds and the russets would have grown more. But leaving them into the ground would have exposed them to more mouse damage, possibly ruining the crop. So out they came. After digging, I spread them in the tool shed for a few days. I dare not leave them in there long, as they will turn green. Green potatoes are inedible.


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Potatoes From Seed
Only one of the plants I grew from seed grew, and it is still growing well in the garden. It looks like it may bloom soon. I did find a potato berry while I dug, which I saved. I will save the seed from that berry to plant next year. Stay tuned.
Cabbage, Beans and Cucumbers
The cabbage beans and cucumbers have borne well. There are still several heads left to mature. The fall cabbage is planted, as are several other crops for the fall garden. I harvested a test crop of edamame and found it suitable to grow again, so edamame joins parsnip, salsify, rutabaga to my list of new vegetables. The green peppers are beginning to bear. The zucchini has been a disappointment, as the squash form, but do not grow. I have harvested a few, but not many. There is damage to the base of the plants, as well as to the base of the pumpkin, squash and watermelon plants. It looks like a critter of some kind is chewing on the base of the plant, weakening it. The watermelons have died and the pumpkin may follow.
So far, the garden has produced well, with some disappointments. However, with two batches of sauerkraut fermenting and some beets secured in jars in the refrigerator, I cannot complain. We have had plenty of carrots, as well.
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Friday, July 24, 2015

Abe's Guide To The Iris




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The bearded iris is one of the most dependable perennial flowers in the perennial garden. Adaptable to a wide range of soils and hardy over a wide geographic range the iris will fill the late spring garden with its flowering beauty.

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Abe’s Guide to the Bearded Iris is a planting guide for gardeners that wish to grow iris flowers successfully. It covers cultural requirements, propagation tips, problems and many other topics related to growing the bearded iris.

Written for gardeners by a gardener Abe’s Guide to the Bearded Iris relates how to grow hemerocallis successfully. From seed to division, learn how to propagate this wonderful full sun perennial plant.

Bearded iris has many varieties available and you will find the most readily obtainable ones listed here. Gardeners will find the included seed catalog list useful in locating daylily seeds.

The Abe’s Guide to the Full Sun Perennial Flower Garden Series contains twenty full sun perennial flowers for the home perennial flower garden. The flower guides have the information the gardener needs to grow the plants successfully. From culture, propagation and best varieties, each guide contains complete information on each plant.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Abe's Guide to Growing Cabbage





Cabbage is one of the mainstays of the vegetable garden. Served raw, fermented, pickled or cooked, cabbage is delicious and offers up an impressive array of nutrients and fiber Abe’s Guide to Growing Cabbage is an excellent vegetable garden guide for the garden beginner as well as the veteran gardener.

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Gardeners will find sections on growing, pickling, fermenting and canning cabbage. Planting, culture, harvest and storage of cabbage is covered as well.

Abe’s Guide to Growing Cabbage contains a list of seed sources as well. It will please gardeners to find our extensive list of seed catalogs included as well. This updated catalog includes some new seed catalog finds.

The garden vegetable series Abe's Guide to Growing Your Vegetable Garden includes this book. This exciting new series of vegetable gardening books will include twenty vegetables. These are the most common ones grown in the home vegetable garden. The books will all include complete growing, culture, botanical, harvesting and storage information. Great for veteran or beginning gardeners the series is written for gardeners by a gardener.

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