NASA’S Ark???

It would be tough to choose if NASA were to build a Voyager spacecraft and needed to bring on board the best of modern human culture. Modern human culture is all about choice!

This backyard farmer would have to vote for some modern approaches to growing food in space! Maybe indoor vertical gardens from companies like Grove Labs?

No matter what, people in space will need to grow their own foods. Some things never change!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Simply the Best.”

Don’t Harvest Your Garlic Without Watching This

July and August are the months for harvesting garlic here in the Northeastern USA. My 9 year-old videography took this video of me harvesting our 2015 garlic crop.

The only tip I did not mention in the video was to never leave the garlic in the hot sun to dry. I prefer to hang mine from the plant stems for a few weeks. This method keeps them dry and allows good air circulation. Garlic bulbs can rot If they are put away wet and then crowded with each other.

Laslty, be sure to leave some of the dirt on your garlic bulbs.

A Few Simple Ways to Grow Great Onions

Growing opnions is not hard and certainly not magic. However, I see very few backyard edible gardeners growing these pungeunt pals of the soil.

Watch this quick video for tips and be sure to read past blog posts to learn to get started.

Happy Growing!

The Best Thing To Do In Your Edible Garden Is…

Veggie Girl

Veggie Girl

Letting a child grow up in and around an edible garden is the best thing I have ever done. Both of my kids have had the pleasure of having and tending to their own little gardens within our family garden. They truly enjoy the whole process of growing their own produce.

Proof is in the pictures! Check out these veggie character creations they sketched. I did not commission these pieces of art or even “plant” the idea in their heads. They just decided to sketch out some characters after spending a few minutes picking and tending to the gardens.

Get in the garden today and bring along your kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews. Grow your own!

Veggie Man

Veggie Man

Monthly Garden Experiment – Fishnure (June)

In February while seeking a break from the snow and ice I came across Fishnure Fertilizer. Some guy on Twitter was posting pictures of side by side plant comparisons with and without the use of Fishnure. That guy was Jim and he’s the main person behind the Fishnure line of products.

I did not know Jim, so naturally I was skeptical and asked him to send me a sample so I could try my own comparisons.

A week later some Fishnure arrived in the mail! Good to see he was confident enough in his product to take up the challenge.

Waiting to try Fishnure was difficult because I had planned on using it for a tomato comparison. That meant I had to wait until May!

Fast forward a few months and there I was with my son, “The Tomato Shark”. Together we began the Fishnure Tomato Experiment. If you missed last month’s experiment on growing bucket loads of potatoes click here–>Potato Experiment.

We chose Supersweet 100’s tomatoes for the Fishnure experiment. The 2 plants were purchased from the store as starts and came from the exact same package. Our plan was to have two potted tomato plants. Potting them allows more control over soil, water, sunlight and nutrient differences. Both pots got identical garden soil right from the DIY Backyard Farm Edible Garden Beds. The only difference was that I mixed Fishnure into the soil of one of the plants.

The picture below shows the plants at the 2.5 week mark. The plant on the right is the one growing with Fishnure. We certainly noticed more foliage on the Fishnure treated plant at this point in the experiment. However, as I write this post we are almost into week 4 and the control plant seems to have caught up.

Plants at the 2 week mark in the experiment

Plants at the 2.5 week mark in the experiment

At this time we decided to add a top dressing of Fishnure. The product labeling recommends 2x a year feeding with Fishnure. This feeding will be the only additional application of the product we use this season.

Using Fishnure is fairly easy and not too messy. Ours came in a resealable bag. The product we tested had a tendency to clump and we had to break it up a bit before using. I was surprised by how little smell there was. I was expecting something that smelled like old fish tank or maybe fish oil capsules.

The plan is to update this post as the season progresses. My son and I are excited to see the final results of this experiment and will be sure to share them on the DIY Backyard Farm blog. Will the Fishnure treated plant produce more tomatoes? Will the tomatoes taste better or different from the tomatoes on our control plant? Only time will tell! Stay tuned…

Tips For Tasty Tomatoes

DIY Backyard Farmer:

This post deserves a reblog because…it is tomato time again! Woo-hoo!

Originally posted on Backyard Edible Gardening:

Many people ask us how we grow such great tomatoes year in and year out. First, we are not perfect and we do have an off year from time to time. However, even in a bad year we manage to grow enough quality tomatoes  to satisfy our needs along with the needs of many friends and family.

Since our first 2 tomato posts of the season were so popular we decided to make a series out of them, In the first video we covered planting tomatoes. In tomato video #2 we offered tips on caring for newly planted tomatoes. In the video below we offer some simple tips that have resulted in great tomatoes for us over the years.

The only thing we forgot to mention in he video is a reminder to take notes. You will want to remember what works and what does so you can…

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Have You Seen This Cool Plant?

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“Ketchup n’ Fries” Grafted Tomato/Potato Plant

We have and we will be planting a rather large one in the DIY Backyard Farm edible garden tomorrow. Stay tuned for more details and growing results. Thank you to Roshler’s Allendale Nursery for introducing us to this interesting, grafted tomato/potato plant.

Lingering With My Lettuce


Beautiful Lettuce Plants Almost Ready to Become Salad

Have you ever had a gardening day when you felt like you used up every last-minute tending to your plants without being tired or feeling like it was work? Today was one of those days for me. After work I pulled weeds with my son, started to set up a cat’s-cradle trellis system for our tomatoes and even harvest (with a headlamp) kale, radishes, swiss chard, beet greens and lettuce. Then I brought it all in to be washed while I talked over the day with my wife.

Nearly five hours of garden related activities after a full day at main job! I actually felt somewhat refreshed as I opened my laptop to write this post.

As the days grow longer we will all have more opportunities to linger with our lettuce. Do you find gardening to be as joyful as I do?

Monthly Experiment (April 2015) – Growing Bucket Loads of Potatoes

DIY Backyard Farmer:

3 weeks ago we began our “buckets of potatoes” experiment. The first 2 weeks had us a bit worried and even a bit bored. Then out of the blue we saw some vegetative action!
Check out the updated photos I added to the original post.

Originally posted on Backyard Edible Gardening:

Each season we focus on 1 or 2 new edible plants to grow. Last season tomatillos got our vote. We sure did get our fill of tomatillo salsa, chimichurri, and other tomatillo creations. In fact our neighbors did too!

What new plant would we grow this year? First a wee bit of DIY Backyard Farm history.

For years I have wondered if I could grow the bucket loads of potatoes that so many online videos and blogs talked about. I almost tried last year, but decided to wait a bit longer so the kids could be old enough to help with this experiment. Kids love to experiment with stuff!

So, back in February we finalized our garden planning worksheets and made it official. 2015 will be the season of the potato (in buckets). I hope the results are as promising as they sound. The set-up sure was as easy as I…

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