One For the Record Books.

There are three days left in this month. This only means that there are three more days to add to the records. Per our local news: And more to come! It looks like another round of snow again on Tuesday. You can see how much more snow this latest round dropped. There’s nary a foot […]

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Snow, Snowy, Snowing.

It is Saturday morning and it is snowing, yet again. Yesterday I got a cortisone shot into my shoulder joint (not as fun as it sounds) and on the way home, Rich and I drove past the small family owned seed and greenhouse in town. Its not more than a small metal building for the […]

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Let’s Learn Latin!

As Cabin Fever (or whatever is worse than Cabin Fever) and another foot of snow falls heavier down upon us, it ushers in the time of year where otherwise ridiculous ideas for blog posts suddenly sound amazing. This is how a primer on Latin landed in front of you. I’m sorry! …   …   …   … […]

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An Ode to Irises.

I know we all have our garden stalwarts. The plants that are just so well suited to your site, you can’t help but grow loads of them because they look amazing with almost no effort. For us, that plant is undoubtedly the Iris. Any gardening rookie soon finds out, after the briefest of Google searches, […]

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Winter Tasks: Assessment

Monty strikes again. In his December post, among talks of Christmas trees, he mentioned a way to assess the structure and bones of your garden. Here’s what he said: TAKE PICTURES Take the time to go outside and photograph every aspect and angle of your garden. It does not matter how abandoned, neglected or empty […]

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We Need Some Color.

Everything outside our windows is white. (We got another 3 inches of snow on Sunday so that makes for something like a foot and a half of accumulation.) The front page of my blog is devoid of color. I think I ought to fix this and give us all a deep-winter jolt of color and […]

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Winter Sowing: An Experiment

Y’all. The Cabin Fever is in full effect. Despite the seedlings that are sprouting and doing their thing in the basement, I’m itching to sow more. Only its too early to so anything more than what I’ve got going. What’s a gal to do? Winter Sowing! Now, I’ve not tried it before, but there’s no […]

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Did Someone Ask for Snow?

Yep. That was me. Begging for snow to a) insulate the plants from the bracing cold and b) make sure we had enough for a good, proper Spring melt. Whelp, I got what I asked for! 10 inches fell Tuesday with another 6-12 inches that is currently falling. It seems that winter isn’t fully winter […]

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The 2019 Veg Patch.

Well, the seeds have all been purchased and the logistics/rotations have all been calculated. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a plan. Veg Garden Beans, Fava: Masterpiece (Baker Creek), Broad Windsor (Baker Creek) Beets: Kestrel (Fedco), Touchstone (Fedco) Broccoli: Burgundy Sprouting (Fedco) Cabbage: Kalibos (Baker Creek) Cucumber: Telegraph Improved (Baker Creek), Tendergreen Burpless (Baker Creek) Eggplant: […]

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February.

Each year I find myself in a (not so) strange malaise come Feburary. It can’t be strange any longer, for it happens every year! It is not Cabin Fever (though that is very real and has been in effect since shortly after the holidays but can be kept to a dull roar with good books […]

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Seed Starting 2019

We moved into this house in late 2014 and the winter or 2015 was the first year I set out my seed starting gear to get things going. Since then, the seed starting set up has only been in the same location in the house once- but even then the set up wasn’t the same. […]

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Let’s Talk: Perennial Veg

Alas, here we are at the end of the series. Just in time to place your seed and plant orders (if you haven’t already)! The last topic is perennial veggies. There aren’t many where I grown and a few I’ve already covered (bunching onions and chives, kale where it is warm enough). I’ll leave this […]

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A Capricious Winter.

Hoo Boy! You want some moody weather? Come here to the Upper Midwest where today we were colder than Antarctica (it was -11F there, we had -14F!) and by the weekend we are slated to have +42F and rain followed yet again by single digits and snow. I know the old joke was always, “If […]

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Let’s Talk: Herbs

If you are trying to decide if you want to grow herbs, the short answer is YES! Do it! They don’t take up much space, aren’t needy plants, and the packet of seeds will already be cheaper than a fresh bunch at the store. Plus you can get SO MANY  more varieties. I’m going to […]

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Let’s Talk: Random Veg

These are far from the vegetable version of the Island of Misfit Toys, but not everyone is going to be geeked out to try these, so I’ve lumped them in together with just the basic information you’d need to know. Perhaps next year I’ll delve into these less common vegetable garden citizens. My plan with […]

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Let’s Talk: Potatoes

Alright, potatoes are where my stance on ‘cheap to buy and readily available so don’t grow them’ falls apart. Fresh potatoes are so amazing. New potatoes. Waxy, flavorful, amazing potatoes. Yes, they take up loads of room. Yes, you can now get amazing varieties in your local markets and yes, they are cheap (usually) in […]

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Let’s Talk: Garlic

I shall not pretend to be an expert on garlic. You see, I only just planted my patch last fall. They’ve not even produced a crop so you certainly shouldn’t take advice from me. But I will tell you how I went about choosing my variety. Onward! Time to Maturity: N/A. Bulbs are produced asexually […]

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Let’s Talk: Root Veg

Beets, Rutabaga, Turnips, Parsnips. I’ve lumped them together because growing them is mostly the same sort of affair. Same with uses and pests. I promise to single things out when applicable! Time to Maturity: 50-70 days is average for beets and turnips. Beet leaves can be harvested earlier and small turnip varieties can be closer […]

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