Cacti and Succulents

By Farmer D Cacti and Succulents A little history: A geologic drama occurring slowly over a period of @ 20 million years is credited for the emergence of cacti. About 60 million years ago in the pre-cacti stage, the regions of Mexico, the American southwest as well as Southern Brazil which are now rich in […]

The Zen of Gardening

By Jimmy Deaton aka Farmer D This month I’m not going to focus on tips and tricks or what we have accomplished and haven’t for that matter in the garden. I want to focus on what gardening does for one’s soul whether it is in the form of veggie gardening, growing flowers, taking care of […]

Color in the Garden

Farmer Jimmy Deaton, our regular Urban Garden columnist, is taking the month of June off for some much needed R&R. Look for his sage advice for keeping your garden in top shape during the summer in the July issue. In the meantime, here are a few June gardening tasks and projects that you can do […]

Tips and Tricks

By Farmer Jimmy Deaton Tips and Tricks   I thought this month we would focus on some of the tips and tricks that I use around the garden to make life a little bit easier and also lend a hand on getting massive plants. For a majority of vegetables I take 1 gallon nursery pots […]

Going Vertica….or getting the most from your small footprint of space!

By Jimmy Deaton   Going Vertica….or getting the most from your small footprint of space!   Living in certain parts in the City of Alexandria can leave one challenged on what they can grow and how much. But a search of the internet can leave you with a multitude of ideas to conquer that patio […]

Organic Fertilizers

By Jimmy Deaton All plants need oxygen, carbon and hydrogen, which they get from the air, sunlight and water. And they need these in great quantities but they also need nutrients. Most folks go to the neighborhood garden center to pick up what they need but do you really know and understand what it is […]

Mini Love!

By Jimmy Deaton Ahhh……It’s February and time for old Cupid to make his presence known once again. Of course a majority of guys will fall on the old standard of a dozen cut roses to surprise their better half, but I found something that outshines a dozen red tips any day of the week. And […]

Indoor Plant Health

By Jimmy Deaton   This month we are going to focus on the health of your indoor plants.   Keeping your plant healthy goes a long way toward keeping pests and diseases at bay. A majority of the time those little buggers and diseases will attack a weak or stressed plant before a healthy one […]

Urban Garden

By Jimmy Deaton Well we finally got the last harvest done this week. We were fortunate enough to still harvest cherry and black and brown boar tomatoes, jalapenos, serrano’s, Del Ray Cajun’s, and grapes. Our grape vine and everlasting strawberries are still producing although with the night time temps going down into the 30’s the […]

Urban Garden

By Jimmy Deaton Hi Folks. Can you believe it’s October already and yet we are still harvesting tomatoes and sweet peppers as well as chili’s including Jalapeno’s, Serrano’s and another one of our creations the Del Ray Cajun. This is a very versatile chili that has gotten a great review by national chili pod reviewer, […]