Diary of an Average Gardener

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Whether your favorite garden is a structured, geometric style or a more eclectic cottage garden style, you most likely love gardens. So do I!


Through the years, I’ve always had some sort of garden, always flowers, and usually some vegetables, depending on how much space I had available. My porches and decks have always been full of containers of seasonal flowers.


But.., now that I’ve retired, I’m going to pursue my new goal to become a good gardener and eventually a master gardener. If you wish, follow my journey.


The following articles are my most recent posts. Enjoy!

Time for Indoor Herb Garden

– Posted in: Garden Projects
herb garden cart supplies

I'm a little behind this year. I haven't even started a seed yet. Over the holidays, I used almost all of my indoor pots of herbs and without fresh basil... I am lost! I best get busy. Time to get my indoor herb garden back on track. Last year, as you may remember, (see last [...]

Canning Tomatoes

– Posted in: Garden Projects
Thick tomato juice

If you have several tomato plants, chances are that, occasionally, you have a surplus of ripe tomatoes. You could share them all with your neighbors or you could simply prepare some or all of them to be canned later. With the healthy plants I had this year, I had so many ripe tomatoes (most of [...]

Keep Tomatoes Staked

– Posted in: Garden Tips and Info
staked Tomatoes

This year my tomato plants are the healthiest I've had in a long time. Even with the Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus and Early Blight. In fact, they are soooo big that they are overtaking each other. The leaves are extremely dense which contributes to the spread of Blight and TSWV. Also, with the plants so [...]

Powdery Mildew

– Posted in: Garden Tips and Info
Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew is a common garden problem. It is a common name for several different varieties of fungi and can infect a multitude of garden plants, including perennials, ornamental shrubs, fruit trees, and vegetables. I have found it on my squash plants and my garden phlox.  The bad news is that there really is no [...]