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Janine Roe
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  • Downingtown, PA
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Blossom End Rot
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I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that my tomatoes have been afflicted with blossom end rot.This is probably the 3rd or so season I have dealt with it.Usually, the first fruits have it and then…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Omega Farms Dec 15, 2011.

Potatoes and Raspberry help

Hi, I am trying red potatoes for the first time this year.  My first issue with them was the dreaded Colorado potato beetle.  After diligence with picking off any beetles and removing any eggs under…Continue

Tags: potatoes, raspberries

Started Jun 23, 2011

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Cube Farmer, Fill in the Blank
Fill in the blank:
Backyard organic gardener
A bit about me:
I love my garden. Each year I try to learn more about being more self-sustaining in my yard. Some day I hope to have a "farm" to tend to. Veggies, fruits, chickens, goats...
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Fresh salad from my garden!
Currently reading:
The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love
Currently listening to:
The sound of my heater...oh I can't wait for spring to really be hear so I can open my windows!
My latest DIY project:
Expanded my shed into a greenhouse. Added another raised bed. Next on the list is to create a rain collector.
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Starting Seeds revisited

In years past, I have started my seeds using those peat pellet kits you get at most home stores.  You know the ones that come with a tray and a clear plastic dome to simulate a green house?  They always start out nicely, however once they start, I never quite know what to do next.  Do I leave the dome on?  Where should I put them?  Should I transplant them into bigger pots?  What I have done in the past is leave the dome on longer than should be, and then once I take it off, just set…


Posted on March 24, 2013 at 4:55pm — 3 Comments

Back to Eden

I have been inspired this year by a video that I saw called "Back to Eden" which you can watch here on Vimeo.

God is the great orchestrator of all on earth.  And when we (people) try to take over, we mess things up.  What I have gotten out of this video is that if we just pause for a moment and take a look around, we can see all of the answers to our questions by looking at God's amazing…


Posted on February 18, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Sweet Puh-Puh-Potatoes?

It's been a while since my last post and shame on me for not sharing in this summers successes and failures as they happened.  Tomato's were a flop this summer.  I blame it on the rain.  I usually yield about 30 jars of tomato sauce from the season.  This year I ended up with a measly 12 jars.

But I'm not here to talk about tomatoes. I'm here to talk about sweet potatoes.  Yesterday we got around to harvesting our first try at sweet potatoes.  I read that the longer you keep them…


Posted on October 24, 2011 at 11:14pm

Potato Success

What a surprise for me tonight when I dug up a potato after I had assumed my potato adventure this summer was a failure.

After battling Colorado Potato Beetle's back in April by picking them off and removing any leaves with eggs, I thought that I was doing pretty well.  The plants were flourishing.  Green, bushy and quite healthy looking.  However, not knowing very much about what to look for with potato plants, I started to notice the leaves getting spots all over them.  This was…


Posted on July 9, 2011 at 9:37pm — 4 Comments

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