About Me

Me (Brock) and my son (Carson)

 

Hi I’m Brock

Welcome to the Bigger Garden! Here you will find tips and tricks to help you grow more with less space. I’ve been gardening now for just over a decade and have a passion for trying new things that aren’t often talked about. While I love the taste and experience that comes from a sun-baked tomato, I’ve more recently become obsessed with indoor gardening and hydroponics. Living in a cooler climate we really only get 4 months of good growing weather so gardening in-doors is a must to keep my sanity!

A little bit more about myself,

I’m a happily married dad of 2, we have a beautiful baby girl and a handsome little man who appears to have gotten my green thumb.

My son
My Son Carson

I first became interested in gardening when I was in college, the typical time when people begin to form new ideas about the world. What sparked my curiosity for learning more about this ancient craft was seeing the issues that honey bees were having with pesticides being used. Entire multimillion colonies were being whipped out in an afternoon simply because they wondered into the wrong field to feed.

This didn’t seem right to me,

the health of something so crucial to our ecosystem was being ignored. This led me to organic practices like kelp fertilizer, bone meal and other natural sources for macro nutrients in my garden. Eventually this led me to discover controlled microclimates that can be created through hydroponics which seems to be the solution for world as we move forward to a place with less pesticides being used.

Now I like to share my learnings through Bigger Garden to show others how they can grow their favorite fruits and vegetables year-round! Regardless of where you live.

espaliered apple tree
espaliered apple tree
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Ripe Apple

I’m often asked what the most interesting plant I’ve grown. At this point I’d have to say the espaliered apple tree I planted in my back garden takes the cake.

If you’re not familiar with the practice, espaliered trees are ones that are specially pruned to grow flat against wall or lined up with other espaliered trees to create a remarkable garden fence.

 In fact, George Washington was famously known for using espaliered trees as ornamentals to frame the growing space of his garden in Mount Vernan.

Small green apple
Small green apple with a bite taken

What I thought that was particularly unique about the espaliered apple tree that I planted was that each branch was grafted on from a different variety of apple tree. This allowed the flowers to cross pollinate with each other creating new sub-varieties which wouldn’t be possible without another nearby apple tree. – Amazing!

Habanero peppers
Habanero peppers

I’ve also been known to make a mean hot sauce from my garden peppers which is why you always see at least one or two hot pepper plants in my crop rotations.