Author: Jodi

This has been an ongoing project since I was twelve when my mother let me dig up a ten by twenty foot section of the backyard to put in what was to be my first gardening failure er, learning experience. Mom knew more about composting than I did and I had no idea I was going to have to 'save' all that icky stuff in the kitchen for that nasty 'pile' in the backyard!

Gardening with Children

If you have a large area of land behind your house, you can start gardening with the whole family. Plans for gardening can be a fun experience for you and your kids. Not only does it promote a strong bond in the family by doing something in common, but it also is a rewarding activity. After some time and efforts spent on your garden, you will be able to reap the fruits of your labor. It is also a form of activity that will awaken the interest of your kid on nature and the awareness on how to take care of it.

Monoecious Cucumbers

Cucumbers and other vine crops are monoecious. Monoecious plants have separate male and female flowers on the same plant. Male and female flowers are similar in appearance. However, the female flowers have small, immature fruits at their base. Pollen is…

Compost Tea

Compost tea is a helpful way to fertilize your garden. Compost tea is reported to increase disease resistance in plants, reduce fertilizer and water needs as well as plant stress, and improve soil structure, aeration, retention of nutrients, and cycling…

Identifying Your Soil Type

Soils are generally described according to the predominant type of soil particle present – sand, silt, or clay. By conducting a simple soil test, you can easily see what kind of soil you’re dealing with.

April Gardening Calendar

The gardening calendar for April provides a list of recommended food growing tips and <sigh>gardening chores. If you haven’t started your organic gardening adventure yet, it is HIGH time! April is a wonderful time for growing organic food. More people…

March Update

Dear Garden Notes Readers, I have received many emails in the last few days, some unsubscribes, and many new subscribers.¬† Your emails have been a cross section of geography, thought, and opinion. Garden Notes readers span the globe from¬† Japan,…