Veggie Scraps!

By Jimmy Deaton Do you throw your garlic bulbs out once they start to sprout? What about your potatoes when they get a little wrinkly? How about ginger root that sits out on the counter too long? Well, you could be getting a lot more value out of your produce than you may realize! Many […]


By Jimmy Deaton aka Farmer D   This month I want to focus on what is without a doubt the most popular veggie grown in most gardens, and that is tomatoes. They are probably the most widely used and versatile vegetable around. From sandwiches to salads, pasta sauce or tomato juice, the pickled green tomatoes […]

How to Grow a Shamrock!!

How to Grow a Shamrock! In the spirit of the month of March and one of the Old Town Crier’s favorite celebration days – St. Patrick’s Day – we thought you would like to know the secret to growing these lucky plants! Stories have it that shamrocks won’t grow any place other than in Irish […]

Urban Garden

By Jimmy Deaton   One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to make the garden even more pollinator friendly and for good reason. Just recently, the bumble bee was listed as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain federal protection. This breaks my heart because […]

Christmas: More the Evergreens

By Jimmy Deaton   Here we are just a few short weeks away from being visited by ol’ Saint Nick and we are decorating the inside of the house to celebrate the festive season. There are many plants that are sold during the holidays to enhance the festive decor while entertaining. I plan on touching […]

Growing Citrus Indoors

Growing Citrus Indoors It seems every year we get the shipment of limes and Meyers lemons into the garden center and folks go into a buying frenzy. And you know what? They have every right to do so. There is nothing like a fresh picked lime or lemon to use in food preparation or making […]

Rootless Wonders

By Farmer D   Rootless Wonders Tillandsia Bromeliads, also known as “Air” plants, or the lesser known name “Sky” plant, are the rootless wonders of the plant world. Some of the species do have roots, but these are used primarily to anchor the plants in place. Air plants take up moisture and their nutritional needs […]

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 […]