In the Bible, we read of God creating a garden. Perhaps we are closest to God in a garden. This column will share garden-related stories. It may include information on starting a church garden or a backyard garden. At other times it will provide information on what to plant at particular times of the year. When produce is plentiful it will provide information on how to prepare and preserve it.

Grow Your Own Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower

Now through April 15 is the best time of year to set transplants of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower in your vegetable garden. Cole crops grow well when the temperatures are still cool. Ample fertilizer and periodic rainfall or irrigation are needed to help them thrive. Cole crops, also known as cruciferous vegetables, get their name [...]

Plant Sugar Snaps, Other Green Peas in February

Garden peas, including sugar snaps, snow peas and English peas, like cooler weather and the time to plant them in many areas of the country is mid-February (check recommendations for your area). They are frost hardy and the mistake many gardeners make is to wait too late to plant them. Tender garden peas are one [...]

January 21st, 2015|Categories: A Time to Sow, A Time to Reap|

Five Favorite Gift Ideas for Gardeners

If someone you love is ready to get into gardening or ready to expand his or her gardening efforts, you can’t go wrong with these ideas. A pile of organic garden soil, compost or mulch. Seriously, it’s on the real gardener’s wish list. Compost bin. It’s time to put all those kitchen peels and scraps [...]

December 7th, 2014|Categories: A Time to Sow, A Time to Reap|

Picking Out a Living Christmas Tree

Each year there are families who can't stand the thought of cutting down a perfectly good Christmas tree for the holidays. For those folks, the idea of purchasing a ball & burlap tree with its roots intact is appealing. When you've removed all the lights, ornaments and tinsel, you can plant it outside in your [...]

December 5th, 2014|Categories: A Time to Sow, A Time to Reap|

Fall Garden Time – Good Taste at Your Fingertips

Radishes and leafy greens are great additions to a fall garden. Established herbs such as parsley continue to flourish in the cooler weather. In many parts of the country, August is the time to start a fall vegetable garden. Many cool-season vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, produce their best [...]

July 27th, 2014|Categories: A Time to Sow, A Time to Reap|

Bean Tepees Help Make Gardens Magical

Adventure abounds in a garden. When you add a bean tepee for your children, it becomes a magical place and takes imagination to another level. In a world filled with Smartphones, iPads and Gameboys, introducing your child to the wonders of a garden might be the start of helping your youngster use some of his [...]

Container Gardening Is Perfect for Limited Space, Time

Many people think they need a plot of ground to grow a garden. Sure, that may be the ideal but you can garden in pots on a patio or an apartment balcony. Even if you have a lot of space, if your time is limited you may want to try containers. Herbs and other [...]

May 27th, 2014|Categories: A Time to Sow, A Time to Reap|