Centennial Crab Apples – Plant Profile

Centennial Crab Apple Plant Profile Semi Dwarf Cold Hardy trees produce plum shaped miniature apples with a light crimson blush over greenish yellow. Centennial Crab Apple was bred from Dolgo and Wealthy apples at the University of Minnesota in the 1950s. Small elongated fruits have a bright scarlet blush with a crisp sweet flavor that … Read more

Dolgo Crab Apples – Plant and Crop Profile

Dolgo Crabapple was initially a 19th Century Russian Import, it serves well as an ornamental and edible fruit producing tree. It is fairly large as crabapple trees go reaching over 30 feet in height at times. Good resistance to scab and fire-blight. It is frequently paired with other fruits in preserves and sauces. It has … Read more

Pink Spires Crab Apples – Plant and Crop Profile

Pink Spires Crab Apple Plant Profile Pink Spires reaches 12 to 15 feet. It’s a Columnar Fruit Tree that grows very narrow and upright, making it an awesome addition to a patio or confined yard space. Spring Flowers are rosy pink and appear earlier than most varieties. Purplish red fruit is ripe by early September … Read more

Conditioning Garden Soil

How to Improve your Gardens Soil Soil is one the 4 primary components that are essential to raising a healthy garden It is the medium through which plants absorb the nutrients they need to survive and thrive. Soil Preperation is vital and not all that back breaking or tedious as some novices might imagine. All … Read more

Wine Presses Small Batch

Presses for Small Batch Wine Making Wine Presses for Small Batch Wine Making. Do you really need a wine press for small batches of home made wine ? Of course you don’t, few home vintners use one. There are so many other methods of extracting juice from your fruits. Would you like one ? Of … Read more

Purple Sweet Potatoes

Purple Sweet Potatoes are a recent addition to the North American Gardening realm. According to the LA Times, a sweet potato farmer in the Carolina’s received some as a gift, and began growing them. They were later patented as Stokes Purple Sweet Potato. However, they had been growing in the pacific region where they are … Read more

Hydrogel Water Crystals for Gardening

Hydrogels were originally used for baby diapers and some wound dressings to absorb surplus liquids. Superabsorbent, disposable diapers contain minute crystals in the lining which manufacturers claim are made out of a nontoxic highly absorbent polymer that absorbs moisture away from the baby’s bottom. They are basically highly absorbent tiny sponges. Like any new product … Read more

Praying Mantis – Beneficial Insect

Praying Mantis: Defender of the Garden Realm Benefits of Praying Mantis in the Garden. The Praying Mantis is a highly effective predator with a voracious appetite, they consume dozens of Garden pests and should be included in any organic or integrated pest management scheme. The correct name for a Praying Mantis is actually Praying Mantid, … Read more

Pumpkin Growers Guide

Home Grown Pumpkins Full Sun Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.5 Pumpkins are a member of the Cucurbit family which includes Squash and cucumbers. They are rich in Vitamin A and potassium, and are pretty much an overlooked Vegetable other than on Halloween. Planting Pumpkin You can sow the seeds directly in the soil, or start them off … Read more

Thai Kermit Eggplant

Thai Kermit Eggplant Plant Profile Thai Kermit Eggplant is an hybird version of Thai round eggplant. Thai Kermit resembles a green and white ping pong ball. Sometimes called bitter ball or garden egg. It has a green and white variegated skin and the fruit, when eaten young has an excellent flavor either fresh or cooked. … Read more