Veggie Gardening Tips

By Dave Gregorski, KNOX Community Member Tomatoes – Blossom-end  Rot    Caused by a deficiency in calcium/magnesium;  just as the first flower buds appear, soak the soil around each plant with a mild Epsom salt solution.  You can also, a month or two before transplanting, bury some crushed egg shells in the tomato bed. Tomatoes – Earlier Ripening -   Remove suckers early...these are the … [Read more...]

Mushroom Mysterium Part II

by Emily Petersen, Community Garden & Education Manager. The mycological experimentation has begun! I planted a 4’ x 8’ bed of oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus), from an inoculation kit I ordered through 100th Monkey Mushroom Farm. [Check out their website, they have good resources, especially if you have (or work) with kids: www.100thmonkeymushrooms.com] There are many places to … [Read more...]

You Say Bolt?

by Emily Petersen, Community Garden & Education Manager. I recently took a trip down to Charleston, South Carolina to visit an old childhood friend. I love travelling there. The city is vitally rich with food and friendliness…not to mention the gorgeous old live oaks (Quercus virginiana) who get their name from being an evergreen species of oak. This means that instead of going dormant … [Read more...]

Mushroom Mysterium – Part 1

by Emily Petersen, Community Garden & Education Manager. I’m the type of person who will eat most any food put in front of me. If I haven’t tried it, I’ll give it a taste, even if it looks like a cucumber-shaped, slimy mold or comes from an unusual body part. Just don’t put fruit snacks in front of me. I never could quite bond with my peers over those gummies. I like to invite people … [Read more...]

Strawberries

by Emily Petersen, Community Garden & Education Manager. Who doesn’t drool a little over a juicy, fresh-off-the-vine strawberry? Well, maybe I can think of at least one person who doesn’t... but for the rest of us, it’s a magical experience for the taste buds. Turns out, us modern-day gardeners could step up our game in terms of strawberry appreciation. In the late 1300’s and … [Read more...]

Indoor Winter Gardening Tips

by Emily Petersen, Community Garden & Education Manager It’s about that time of year when gardeners are starting to miss that daily meditation of sinking their hands into the soil and nurturing the growth of their own food source. But do not lose hope! There are still ways to get freshly grown produce during the winter months, right in the comfort of your own home. Vegetable container … [Read more...]

The Turning of the Seasons; The Turning of the Garden Bed

How to prepare your garden for restoration this winter by Emily Petersen, Community Garden & Education Manager September has finally drawn its curtains and let the beautiful October shine through with the reds and oranges of the majestic sugar maples. Yet with all its glory comes the early whisper of the coming cold season, a time of dormancy and rest for many life forms. The tall … [Read more...]

Keepin’ It “Hartford Grown”

How to plant, harvest, and cure your own garlic! by Emily Petersen, Community Garden & Education Manager Garlic is a staple in countless cuisines around the world, adding a rich earthly flavor that gives heart and soul to any dish. Because we use it in so many meals (I know I don’t go a single day without crushing open at least one clove) we often don’t think about where it comes from … [Read more...]