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 […]Read More Winter Tasks: Assessment
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 […]Read More We Need Some Color.
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 […]Read More Winter Sowing: An Experiment
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 […]Read More Did Someone Ask for Snow?
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: […]Read More The 2019 Veg Patch.
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 […]Read More February.
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. […]Read More Seed Starting 2019
We’ve done it! The series is done! I have archived all the posts along with some other resources in a new, dedicated page. You can navigate to it any time by clicking on that handy “Menu” button at the top of my site. Like so: That will pop open a side window and you’ll see […]Read More Let’s Talk: Wrapping Up The Series
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 […]Read More Let’s Talk: Perennial Veg
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 […]Read More A Capricious Winter.
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 […]Read More Let’s Talk: Herbs
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 […]Read More Let’s Talk: Random Veg
Oh Lettuce. You are delicious and interesting but you only ever end up bitter and bolted. Spinach? I just need so much of you to make anything, I’m never sure if you are worth it. Kale? You are fine and I can grow you, but you don’t blow my skirt up and we never use […]Read More Let’s Talk: Lettuces and Greens
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 […]Read More Let’s Talk: Potatoes
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 […]Read More Let’s Talk: Garlic
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 […]Read More Let’s Talk: Root Veg
One of my favorite things to do in the cold winter months is to curl up with some books and notebooks and pens and just chew on some garden ideas. Research some things, sketch out ideas, throw them away, start over, bat ideas back and forth with Rich, and keep working ideas over until something […]Read More Ruminating, Brainstorming, and Ponds?
Broccoli and Cauliflower are big plants. Please do remember this as you decide what to plant! For this reason, and because you only get one head per plant (unless you are growing sprouting or broccolini/rapini types), I tend not to grow them. Its just not a lot of bang for the buck (and square footage […]Read More Let’s Talk: Broccoli & Cauliflower
Oh onions. You are rewarding to grow, but I’m not always sure if you are worth it. Shallots? Yes, absolutely. Specialty onions like Cippolini? Yes. Bunching/Green Onions? You betcha. Regular old onions? Not so much (in my humble opinion). Regular onions fall into the category of cheap to buy and easy to get, so I […]Read More Let’s Talk: Onions
I’m going to take a wee break from the seed talk and get back to the rethinking of the Potager. This time we’ll talk plants- specifically what needs to change to maximize this fun little space. With this (above) being the state of plant affairs in the potager at the end of last year’s growing […]Read More The Potager: Rethinking the Plants