Jun 16, 2011
Published in Vegetable Gardening

We're well under way now with our spring garden and have been enjoying fresh squash, zucchini and cucumbers for a few weeks now.  This picture was taken about one month after our first planting.  We started the squash and zucchini on the right of the picture first, and the watermelon and cucumbers a week or two later.  A few of the squash and zucchini were started from seeds in pete pots, then transplanted to the garden.  The rest of the plants were started from seeds, directly in the garden.  

Dec 30, 2010
Published in Yardstead Blog

With 2011 right around the corner, We have spent some time reflecting upon the events of 2010.  This always leads us to making some resolutions for the new year to come. As yardsteaders, we tend to mark time by seasons and we began thinking of resolutions to match the seasons. We didn't want to just go with the typical resolution of "plant more next year".  All the vegetables we plant each year such as zuchinni, heirloom tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, onions, garlic and so on were all popular in my kitchen this year, and we intend to devote more space to these crops next spring. But to be honest, we haven't planned well in years past and we don't have something planted in our garden through each season.  I think in Florida with our climate and mild winters, this is probably almost gardening criminal.  So our New Year's gardening resolution? Plan, Plan, Plan a four-season garden and make more space in the garden to grow more unusual varieties of heirloom vegetables and fruit! 

The Yardstead wishes you much Happiness, Health, and Prosperity in the New Year.  As always Happy Yardsteading to you and your family in 2011!

May 08, 2008
Published in Yardstead Blog

Our spring garden is growing up nicely and It looks like we will harvest some zucchini this weekend.  One of our favorite things here at the yardstead is fresh spring produce, and it looks like we will have a bountiful harvest this year.  Some of the yellow squash should be ready next week as well as some tomatoes.  Our onions that we planted last fall are almost ready to harvest, and we have picked a few lately for cooking.  They are very sweet and have an excellent flavor.  We harvest the rest of them when the tops turn brown and fall over.   We still have a few vacant spots in the garden, but K has started some seeds and we will tranfer the seedling to the garden soon.  Staggering the planting allows us to have a continuous harvest of fresh produce throughout the spring and into the summer.
I have a couple of projects underway which I will cover in upcoming articles.  This weekend I am helping a friend roof his house with metal roofing.  I will have lots of pictures of the project in progress.  The installation method we are using is similar to the method used to install metal roofing on a pole barn........