September 2, 2015

Milkweed is a nice addition to garden landscapes because it’s a beautiful perennial, and more importantly, it supports the monarch population that has been in danger. Milkweed plants are very easy to grow but oleander aphids (milkweed aphids) are a common problem. If the infestations are large enough they will gradually suck the life out of the plants. Plus, it’s possible that monarchs will avoid laying eggs on majorly infested milkweed … More

July 23, 2015

Wow, it is hard to believe that the last new blog post I published on Daily Pea was last Halloween. Time sure does fly by when you have two little ones, a household, work, a garden and a yard to take care of! Life has been busy but I have missed blogging. I have had many things resting in the back of my brain that I can’t wait to write … More

September 17, 2014 | 3 responses

Garlic harvested from the garden is a beautiful thing! The question is, how can it be properly stored so that it will last for months and be planted in the garden for next year? If I keep a few garlic bulbs in the dark pantry or cupboard in our kitchen, they usually last a month or two before they start to sprout or rot. I go through garlic fairly quickly … More

September 12, 2014 | 3 responses

Squash bugs and squash beetles are attacking my fall pumpkin and cucumber plants! I don’t understand it since my summertime cucumber bed made it without a single pest. There were aphids, but ladybugs took care of them. That’s what I first thought the squash beetles were on my pumpkin vines. Unfortunately, it turns out that they’re definitely not helpful ladybugs. Squash beetles (different from squash bugs) are hungry little devils … More

August 28, 2014

The close of summer is a great time to direct-seed fast growing varieties of vegetables in the garden. Lettuce, bok choy, spinach, radishes, arugula, turnips, peas, beets and carrots are just a few of the crops that grow well when days are shorter and temperatures are cooler. Here are some tips to help you enjoy fresh food past the summer season! Timing Knowing your first average freeze date and the amount … More

August 19, 2014 | 8 responses

If your herb garden is giving you the gift of too many fresh herbs at once, drying them is such a wonderful option because you can enjoy them for months as you cook with them. I was a little overwhelmed the other week when I noticed that my little herb bed was overflowing and in need of a major haircut. I’ve been cooking with these tasty fresh herbs like crazy … More

August 14, 2014 | 44 responses

With our garden and farmer’s market overflowing with the delicious tastes of summertime this month, we’re in the midst of a canning frenzy to preserve the bounty before it’s gone! If you’ve ever canned your own harvest or received precious jars of goodness from a loved one, you know that it’s such a gift to enjoy the summertime flavors in the middle of the winter. Spreading some homemade blueberry jam … More

July 28, 2014 | 5 responses

Before you toss your glass bottles into the recycling bin, check out how pretty and functional they are in the garden! I’ve been looking for the perfect garden markers for a while. I have a set of beautiful metal markers, but they are expensive if I want to buy enough for my large garden. Painted stones are a wonderful idea for garden markers, but my little girls love to play … More

July 13, 2014 | 3 responses

After you plant your seed potatoes, hill the plants and continuously care for them, of course you start wondering what’s going on beneath the surface of the soil! When can you start enjoying your much anticipated harvest? It’s tough to resist sticking your hands into the dirt to make sure there are actually potatoes growing. In my experience, there’s no reason to resist carefully checking on them. I’ve done that … More

June 30, 2014 | 2 responses

Congratulations on feeding your plants with vermicompost! It’s one of the most nutritious and sustainable fertilizers you can use in your garden. I’ve been so excited about how easy and fun vermicomposting is, and how much it has helped my garden grow, that I’ve been wanting to spread the word to everyone! If you’re interested in starting a vermicomposting system, please see my full post on How to Compost with Worms. … More