It has been wet and cold here for days and to help warm up the family I decided to try a new slow cooker soup. Slow cookers are a must have for our family during this time of year. We love hearty flavorful comfort meals without all the time it takes to cook them.
With working most of the day, we want to enjoy our evenings together with our baby before she goes to bed rather than cooking and cleaning in the kitchen. She also has a dairy allergy, so I love finding meals that are family friendly and fit her dietary needs.
With a new catalog comes the opportunity to try new products in your garden. This year we have added a large variety of exciting new seeds, plants and gardening supplies. Over the next few weeks we will introduce you to some of our new for 2018 offerings to help you get insight into what will work best in your garden this year.
We know you have a lot of choices, but many people have limited space when it comes to growing their garden. That is why, this week we are showcasing some of our favorite new vegetables to the Jung Seed Co. catalog that not only work in large spaces but do great in containers or small gardens.
One of the goals of a no-till garden is leave the soil undisturbed whenever possible. In a traditional garden, the end-of-season vegetables get uprooted, usually with the soil pulled out along with it, then the soil is turned over to aerate it. In a no-till garden, it is important NOT to destroy the microbes in the soil. Keeping most of the vegetable roots in the ground at the end of the season means the microbes will stay put and will not be destroyed.
While herbs and vegetables are not commonly drought tolerant, there are a few tips I can give you to help shore up your garden before planting in order to help it survive drought conditions.
Tips for Soil and Mulch
Soil — Soil is very important – amend soil so that it drains well, yet works consistently to hold moisture after watering. Do this by amending soil with natural amendments such as rotted manure, compost, and leaf mold.
Mulch — Mulch helps hold moisture in soil. Expensive mulch is not necessary; chipped wood, which contains ground branches, bark, and leaves function well. Utilizing mulch that has no dyes or chemicals added is much better for your soil and plants.
Turnips are very easy to grow and can be grown for either their root or their tops. They do fantastically in my front lawn vegetable garden (see below video) and grow to a giant size in fertile area. Turnips prefer a well-drained soil and are cool weather vegetables. Plants need to be set out three to four weeks before the last hard frost in spring. They can also be planted in the fall for a secondary crop of cool weather deliciousness.