Garden4Dinner

Automated, organic, and frugal gardening

Gardening Hidden Hazards Part 1

Plastic is impossible to avoid in life and seems impossible to avoid when gardening also. I am sure it can be done, but is it worth worrying about? I know I don’t want to live without…

March: Garden Goals

I have a new “helper” which has been a great hindrance to my gardening goal progress. At least my new 2 month old puppy thinks she is a helper…

What’s Growin’

It is officially spring and it is exciting to see all of the plants starting to grow. I am providing an update to what I am growing right now. I won’t list all of my plants, only larger changes from the last What’s Growin’ post. Most of the plants I am including are new…

A Slug Bait Better Than Beer?

I have read on websites that there is another alternative to putting beer in my slug traps. The slugs are attracted to the yeast. This seemed like a great idea. I can use a household ingredient that I always have…

Resources, Classes, Seeds, and Activities

I am sharing my list of resources. My list includes, websites, books, soil testing, supplies, seeds, classes, and activities…

Garden Fail: Peat Pots

This is my first year using peat pots to start seeds. In the past I have used either peat plugs or soil blocks. They all have their pros and cons, but so far I am still adjusting to peat pots (if I do adjust)…

Automated Greenhouse Power Control with a Raspberry Pi

This can really control anything that requires turning on and off power. I am using it to turn on a heater and a fan based on the room temperature for better temperature and air circulation control. It would be excellent for opening a greenhouse vent based on the temperature in the room. I plan to hook it up to a humidifier or dehumidifier for vegetable storage later in the year. There are numerous applications this could be used for, I am sure I haven’t thought of them all. It is also a fun project to put together and convenient to have…

Rotating, Companion Planting, and Vegetable Garden Planning, Oh My!

It’s that time of year, when gardeners are planning where to place their plants if they haven’t already. I get a little overly excited and planned out my garden beds last November. It is a challenge trying to keep all of the important factors in mind when placing my vegetables. Family rotation, fertility rotation, companion plants, and planning for a year-round garden are among some of the things I took into account…

Reuse Plastic to Make Slug Traps

It is about that time of year when the slugs start to come out in the Pacific Northwest. They definitely damage my vegetables. It is so sad to come out to my newly transplanted seedling and find so much of it gone and no way to recover it. We get a little rain (annual average of 34 inches) in Seattle and a lot of slug traps just fill up with water. A little rain in Seattle? All of the slug traps I found before didn’t work well for the rain, so I came up with my own slug trap. I can keep the trap out for many days and come back to it and toss the dead slugs. This trap is really easy and fast to make too!

Rabbits and Rodents

Isn’t that bunny cute…. until it eats half of my vegetables. I haven’t had bunnies bug my garden in a while because of our handy set up I will share. The bunnies and I happily share the yard.

What’s Growin’

I am always interested in what others are growing. It is time to share what I have growing at my place. It is winter here in the Pacific Northwest, so this isn’t the height of the growing season. I have previously planted perennials, started indoor seeds, and indoor plants.…

February: Garden Goals Update

It is time for a gardening goal update…

Be Gone, Powdery Mildew!

My powdery mildew is gone with an organic household solution! I have many gardening successes and failures. I share them both, but it is nice to be able to share a success…

Self-Watering Seedlings

I don’t know about you, but I want a vacation and seedlings. Vacationing in a warm place when it is still cold out is so nice. I don’t normally go on vacation, but this year I did. My goal was to have my plants “take care” of themselves while I was gone for 9 days. I love not having to water as often all of the time, not just while on vacation. I wanted to have an inexpensive and easy way to do this and this is what I came up with…

Garden Book Review: Seattle Tilth’s Maritime Northwest Garden Guide

The Seattle Tilth’s Maritime Northwest Garden Guide: Planning Calendar for Year-Round Organic Gardening, Second Edition, is one of my favorite gardening books. The book is created by the non-profit Seattle Tilth gardening experts. The book provides very practical advice and a lot of inspiration. My favorite parts of the book are…

Automation: Greenhouse Temperature Email Updates

After I created a temperature logger for my garden room (which would work well for a greenhouse also), I usually checked the temperature on my phone before I got out of bed in the morning…

Snow and Vegetable Gardening in a Temperate Climate

We had snow in the Seattle area! We get snow here during the winter some years. Generally it is about an inch and our city can’t handle it well. We have had an unusual amount this winter (a whole week). Last week I woke up to the power out and 7 inches of snow on our deck. We typically don’t get that much snow. Eeek, I was worried about my poor garden. I will share the improvements I will make and the successes I had in handling the snow…

January: Garden Goals Update

Overall, I made good progress on my January goals…

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