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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Notes for Next Year: 2019

I know we all have these mental notes about what we want to/should change about our gardens for the next growing season. I try my best to write them down before I forget them, but compiling them all for easy access later has been a bit more of a struggle. Something(s) always get missed and […]

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Veg In Review: 2018 Season

Though there are still a few carrots and rutabaga in the dirt, I think its fair to say the growing season is over for most of us. That means its time to make heads or tails of it all and make notes for next year. Let’s get to it! What Worked: The peppers had an […]

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A Royal Wedding Inspiration.

The last of the garden spaces to be completed is sitting out at the south end of the garden. A narrow East-West strip of grass with a significant North-South swale along its Western edge. It is bordered by hedges on its North and South sides. It has a rickety, homemade wattle fence along its West […]

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Bulbs Ahoy!

My Brent & Becky’s order arrived late last week- exactly at the beginning of a mildly-frustrating combination of continuous rain and a weekend away. So, on the dining room table they’ve sat. A silent reminder that I’m way, way behind on my fall tasks in no small part to the blasted weather. The bulbs arrived […]

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Dry Garden Do Over.

Bear with  me, this one might be a bit wordy and it will most certainly wind up as a reoccurring subject. The Dry Garden was the first space (other than the Veg garden) that we planned and installed. Its 3 years old this summer and, while it is doing well (mostly), I’m not sure the […]

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Right Plant, Right Place.

As I’m mentally getting my lists together of the plants I’ll need to buy this season, minding the color schemes and heights needed, the things I ought to replace and new things I want to try, I’m always reminded by the voice in my head telling me to Mind the Gap. No, just kidding, its […]

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Putting on a better show.

I’ll admit to being the kind of gardener that isn’t overly concerned with having chock-a-block blooms all season long. I’m more than happy with the ebb and flow of blooms throughout the season. When you pair that with the natural inclination of plants that are happiest in our soils to bloom more in July and […]

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Apples & Orchards.

When we moved into this place, we knew we wanted to get some apple trees in straight away. 3 years is a long time to wait for fruit and we didn’t want to make the wait any longer. That was 2014, we bought three varieties at a local tree farm- McIntosh, Wealthy, Cortland and planted […]

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February Sucks.

Well, I’m looking out the window by my computer as the first flakes of the predicted 18″ of snow start falling. You can’t possibly expect me to be polite about it. I’ve done all the planning I can stand. The last seed order I placed was perfunctory and totally lacking the thrill of previous orders. […]

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Shed-storming.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin One of the things I love about winter (there aren’t many, it is a very short list!) is that it gives me a full 4 months for research, marinating, and general idea rumination. This is both a blessing and a curse, but at the end of the day I think […]

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The Herb Potager.

Bet you can’t guess which area I’m talking about! Sometimes, I find, it takes a while to come up with a suitable plan for an open space. And by ‘a while’ I usually mean something close to 15-18 months. At that rate, we should be done in about another 25 years? But in all honesty, […]

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Making Plans for 2018.

So this year was to be the year of no new projects. Which then became the year of no new *big* projects. Which is now the year of a whole bunch of random small-ish projects. Our resolve is astounding, don’t you think? Anyway, here’s what’s on deck for the coming year: The dead space between […]

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Planning for the New Year

Selecting new varieties, remembering what worked (and didn’t) last year, and tips for wading through the stacks of seed catalogs. So, its January 2018. Here, in Wisconsin, is is cold (subzero kind of cold), snowy, and there is nothing to do in the garden but stare at it and start making mental notes of all […]

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