everyday spectechols

gardening. cooking. everyday echols family spectacles.

pumpkins, squash, and watermelons! also – when to move from grow lights to natural light

Yay – I’m finally to that point where everything that will be started in doors has been planted!  The last to go in were the quick-growing pumpkins (sweet and jock-o-lantern), … Continue reading

April 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

starter soil appraisal and planting tomatoes

Last weekend I decided it was high time we get our tomatoes started :) Tomato basic stats – Earliest Paste and Rocky Mountain Hybrid – Start indoors 5-7 weeks before … Continue reading

April 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

new bed update – three cheers for non-permanent siding!

The new beds are finished and I’m so excited!  Especially because when we put them in last Fall, I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do in terms … Continue reading

April 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

ballasts, growing lights, and starts OH MY!

About a week and a half ago, I planted my first starts of the season – peppers and leeks.  Now that they are beginning to sprout, it’s time for growing … Continue reading

March 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

rehabilitating depleted beds – to dig or not to dig?

This week, I took advantage of the absolutely GORGEOUS weather we’ve been having and decided it was time to re-dig my “reclamation” bed from last year. A little background – … Continue reading

March 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

how-to on starts – peppers and leeks

For all who don’t know, Memorial Day weekend tends to be the “golden rule” in terms of when you can expect to be able to safely transplant/ sow seeds outdoors … Continue reading

March 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

and the seed winners are…

Seed order placed – CHECK!  Thank you Fisher’s Seed Co in Belgrade, MT! This is what will hopefully be growing in the Echols’ family garden this summer…. (drumroll)…. Sunniest Bed: … Continue reading

February 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

what time is it? seed ordering time!

As an impatient, perfectionist, semi-gardening-noob, I need all the help I can get when it comes to seed selection.  I don’t have the skill to mess with finicky plants not … Continue reading

February 3, 2012 · 2 Comments




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