Harvest Moon 2018

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Writer: Tom Myrick

With the autumn equinox upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere, the moon is waxing towards the full Harvest Moon. A Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. Depending on your time zone, the autumn equinox for the Northern Hemisphere comes on September 22 or 23, in conjunction with the Harvest Moon on the night of September 24. Harvest Moons occur for most years in September; however, around every three years, it occurs in October. Continue reading Harvest Moon 2018

First Day of Fall

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Writer: Tom Myrick

This year at the Urban Gardening’s Veggie-Bed (Northern Hemisphere) the first day of fall comes in September. Taking place on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 9:54 P.M. EDT, we are breaking-out our long sleeve shirts and sweaters. After the September equinox occurs, aka autumnal equinox, the nights will get longer and the days shorter until the December solstice. Continue reading First Day of Fall

Baby’s Leaf Hybrid Spinach

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Writer: Tom Myrick

With the cooler weather coming Baby’s Leaf Hybrid Spinach is a suitable selection to grow at the Veggie-Bed. Sowing this hybrid spinach just before the cold weather arrives yields a fall harvest. Having a germination time of 7-14 days, and 30 days to harvest makes this an excellent choice for the Veggie-Bed’s plant hardiness zone (zone 8a). Baby’s Leaf is frost tolerant and will survive with an application of mulch well into late fall. Continue reading Baby’s Leaf Hybrid Spinach

Invasion of the Cucurbits


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Writer: Tom Myrick

This season the Veggie-Bed was overrun with squash. By planting squash throughout the Veggie-Bed’s grounds in areas having plenty of sun and good drainage, these plants flourished. Collecting bags of squash my friends and neighbors were bombarded by the abundance of this prolific plant.  A genus of herbaceous vines in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, Cucurbits (aka Cucurbita) contains squash, the species grown worldwide for their edible fruit. Continue reading Invasion of the Cucurbits

Clusters of Turnips (Purple Top White Globe) Seedlings

tcTurnips (Purple Top White Globe) was the fifth choice for the fall ‘Veggie-Bed’ garden. With an average germination time of 10.5 days and 55 days to harvest, a total of 65.5 days from date sowed (August 21st) to an estimated harvest date of October 26th. Turnip seeds were sown in a well-worked soil bed. Seeds were sown thinly in rows 11/2’ apart and covered with ½’’ fine soil and firmed lightly. Pine needles were applied thinly to hold moisture in the soil. Continue reading Clusters of Turnips (Purple Top White Globe) Seedlings