Crop Rotation and Why it’s Important to your Garden’s Health
You may know (or be able to guess) what crop rotation is just by its name. But, do you know why you should rotate your crops? I mean, isn’t that just something the “big” farmers do?
Still have a ton of tomatoes from your garden, CSA or farmer’s market and not quite sure what to do with them?
Maybe you’re sick of salsa and tomato juice and want something different, or you hate paying $5.00 or more a jar for spaghetti sauce at the grocery store.
Warning: Today’s post is going to be something of a rant! Hopefully, an intelligent and well-reasoned rant, but a rant nonetheless. Read on at your own risk.
Why? You may ask. Don’t worry, I’m going to tell you!
I know, it’s only August (well, almost September) and in many areas of the country (including here!), it’s still super hot and our gardens are still going strong. But guess what? Christmas is less than 4 months away!
I’ve only been raising monarch caterpillars for about a month, but it’s amazing how much I’ve learned about what to do (and not to do!) in that short amount of time. It’s such a fun journey, I hope you’ll follow along.
This is the first year I’ve successfully grown beets, although I’ve purchased them from farmers’ markets before. The problem is that they’re terribly expensive around here (maybe it’s like that everywhere?), so when I get some, whether home-grown or purchased, I want to make sure I take full advantage of them.
So, what to do with those precious purple orbs once they’re in your possession? I’ll share my favorite thing to do with them, but give you some other ideas too, in case you want to do some experimenting.
I mean, what fun is gardening if you don’t do a little experimenting along the way, right?
If you’re like me, you grow way too many peppers every year. I find that some years, depending on the weather, I don’t end up with a bumper crop, so I just have enough for the basics like salsa (for hubby, I don’t eat peppers!). Other years, like possibly this year, the weather cooperates and I end up with peppers coming out of my ears!
So, what’s a gardener to do with ALL THOSE PEPPERS?