The praying mantis is a gardener's best friend. They are one of the most efficient predators of bugs, particularly bugs that destroy gardens. Read more at the HGTV link below.
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I used to pick wild black raspberries because they grew all around my house. I grew out of it for a while but now that I'm not a kid anymore, I realize that the hunter/gatherer lifestyle is pretty sweet. So today, I wish you a happy beginning to the black raspberry season. For those aspiring gatherers out there, the two weeks leading up to the 4th of July are typically the best to find ripe black raspberries in Western Pennsylvania.
I just found out why the term "love" is used in tennis. Apparently in French, "l'oeuf" means "the egg." With the number 0 being shaped like an egg, l'oeuf became synonymous with the score of 0 in French tennis matches. As this term spread, l'oeuf (pronounced LOOF) came to be pronounced "love."
It's still early but I'm pretty sure I know which tomato seeds I'll be saving for next year. The oxheart tomato plants are killing it.
"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."
- Andre Gide
Legend has it that when Philip of Macedonia was storming the gates of Laconia, he sent a message to the besieged king saying, "If we capture your city we will burn it to the ground."
A one-word answer was sent back: "If"
POW - MIA - KIA
I'm remembering my grandfather on this Memorial Day.... as a product of the Great Depression and World War II, he taught me everything I know about respecting the land, gardening, farming, living simply, healthy and honestly. Perhaps the best man I've ever known.
The great thing about lettuce is that after you cut all of the leaves off to eat, it grows more so you can keep making salads with a small investment in some seeds and the proper cutting technique.
When the leaves are about 3" long, they're ready to harvest. Clean a pair of scissors to make sure you're not transferring any bacteria to the plant. Pull all of the leaves into one bunch and cut about 1/2" - 3/4" above the soil. Do this with each of your plants until you have enough for a salad. I cut half of my lettuce leaves on Friday of last week and the second half on Sunday. You can already see the new leaves sprouting and it's only Tuesday!
Big thanks goes out to Adam Gazda, Rick Giuliani and Mimi Wilps for providing lots that we can plant on, crops to plant and supplies to help our tomatoes, cucumbers, and red bell peppers grow. You'll be reaping the rewards soon enough.
Remember those lettuce seeds I planted on 4/18. The same ones that sprouted on 4/22.... here they are again, 2 weeks later. They're nearly edible. From seed to food in 3 weeks... not too shabby. The seeds were $1.... $1 for this much salad.... I'll take that deal any day of the week!
Garden #1 is complete. Thank you Minella family for donating a total garden to the Pittsburgh Urban Gardening Project. Today we planted 30 pickling cucumber plants, and 3 tomato plants. We'll also be adding a cuc tracker in the weeks to come so the family can compete on which plant will produce the most cuc's. My pick.... second from the center. I'll let you know how I do.
Algae and marbled rock at the Sunset Cliffs
Say hello to my little friends. Basil sprouts right next to the taller, cucumber sprouts. We also have two rows of lettuce sprouts kicking off the Pittsburgh Urban Gardening Project. Watch out now!!!