Archive for May, 2012

May Garden Humor

Did you seriously think I’d give up on this? Never! In honor of my home state of NJ, inspiration to The Sopranos, I share with you the following joke: An old Italian man lived alone in the country. It was Spring and he wanted to dig his tomato garden, as he had done every year, but [...]

May 31, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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Know Your Enemy: Deer

Growing up in the suburbs of Middlesex County, I only came across deer occasionally while venturing out to the more rural parts of NJ, and, back then, they were exciting to see. Now, as a resident of the more rural parts of NJ, I see them near daily, and they’ve caused so much destruction and [...]

May 27, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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Herb of the Week – Sage

I shared a pic of the flowering Sage last week, but I really think its just gorgeous and rustic when its flowering. Here is another: Regular Sage, or Salvia, is actually in the mint family. It is a perennial herb that I started from seed last year, and it has just grown fabulously on my [...]

May 25, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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Garden Map 2012

I’m a nerd. I love graph paper. Plus, I’m a planner. So, there are few things in life that make me more happy than planning AND graph paper together. Introducing: Community Garden Map 2012! I’ve already had to deviate slightly, but in general, the plan is still in tact.

May 23, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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What I did on Sat & Sun…

FINALLY got to the garden, and turned this: Into this: Year 3 at the Community Garden has officially begun. There is still a lot more to do (there is a 13′x13′ block of land behind where I took the picture that I’m not even going to show you yet). I got the squash (1 Greyzini, [...]

May 22, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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What I did on Friday…

So closer to the summer solstice, there is LOTS of daylight left after work, so I was able to clean up the deck a bit, and get all my herbs out. I found the New Guinea Impatiens (on the ends), which I think are really neat and give a nice pop of color with all [...]

May 21, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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The gaillardia aristata is a really bright summery flower that we have in our front yard. This was another cool surprise our first year in the house, especially because I really thought the early plant was just a bunch of weeds. I’m really glad I didn’t pull them because the first flower popped up (it’s [...]

May 19, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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Herb of the Week – Savory

Savory is a delicious herb that, to me, smells similar to thyme, but more subtle, and looks similar to rosemary. This was very confusing when I first discovered this in the garden, because I had never heard of savory before. It wasn’t till early last year that I figured out what it was. What we [...]

May 18, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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Rhododendron in Bloom

The rhododendrons bloomed this week! Ours are purple, as are all the ones I’ve noticed in this area. They are supposed to be “deer resistant”, but as you can see by the lack of flowers on the bottom, our bushes are apparently more tasty than they are supposed to be. The little rhododendron above this [...]

May 17, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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Is that a zucchini or are you just happy to see me?

Holy cow, look at this baby! The Sure Thing Zucchinis are ready to go, and growing like crazy. I’m (finally) going to plant them in the garden this weekend. I might even be able to harvest 1 or 2 by then! So far, I’m pleased with my ability to identify the squash based on the [...]

May 16, 2012 · Sheryl · No Comments
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