I always like to do a round up of what did and didn’t work after the season is done. Partly because I have a tiny bit of hope that it is useful to someone else, but mostly because if I don’t write this stuff down somewhere, it’ll be lost to the void. (And because this […]Read More Wins and Losses: 2019 Edition
Much to my delight the seed catalogs have started coming in hot and heavy. Fedco Seeds, Seed Savers Exchange, Baker Creek and High Mowing Organics have already arrived and I’m like a kid in a candy store. The bonus to these catalogs coming before the holidays is that my memory of both this past year’s […]Read More Seeds Ahoy!
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.
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
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
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 adore winter squash for two reasons. One: they taste delicious. Two: They keep forever with a minimal amount of prep and zero processing. They take up a lot of room and Time To Maturity: Squash can get a little long in the tooth to mature. You’ll notice in your seed catalogs that many are […]Read More Let’s Talk: Winter Squash
Radish is one of the things that is so easy to grow and there are so many fun varieties that I can’t imaging a veg patch without them (that is, unless you hate the taste!). I’ve grown so many types and have rarely had failures. This is an easy and fun place to experiment with […]Read More Let’s Talk: Radish
Beans are a bit of an adversary for me. Pole beans are so unruly and require big, tall supports. Bush beans only sort of like to grow for me. Dried beans aren’t ever worth the effort. Frozen beans from the grocery stores are pretty damned good and a whole lot less work. But Fava Beans? […]Read More Let’s Talk: Beans
Hot or Sweet- if its warm enough where you live (or you have a greenhouse or cold frame) I can’t help but recommend you try to grow some peppers. The variety alone makes it worth it, but the range of flavors and uses is mind-boggling. There is a pepper for every flavor, every spice level, […]Read More Let’s Talk: Peppers
I love growing peas! I never cook or preserve any of the peas we grow. We eat them in the garden, fresh off the plant, and it is the best treat in Spring. I will grow Sugar Snap type peas until I can’t garden anymore. Let’s get into what you need to know. Type: Shelling, […]Read More Let’s Talk: Peas
Oh Summer Squash. It has the dubious distinction of being the one plant every gardener always has way too much of. Heck, I often joke that I don’t need to grow it because I can reliably get some at work or from a neighbor who is looking to offload a chunk of their bounty. But, […]Read More Let’s Talk: Summer Squash
Carrots are fun and easy to grow. If you are new or working with kids I can’t recommend them enough. For me though? Enh. You see, I have acidic sandy soil and there is no amount of lime or manure that will permanently change that. This means every single carrot variety I grow looks beautiful […]Read More Let’s Talk: Carrots
The humble cucumber. Never a sexy veg, but summer certainly seems not-quite-right without them. We only ever use them fresh. I don’t can or pickle them, and I’ve not figured out another way to preserve them through winter. With all that in mind, we usually grow 2-3 plants (that and they take up a good […]Read More Let’s Talk: Cucumbers
Welcome back from the Thanksgiving smorgasboard everyone! I, for one, am still full and have a whole tray of turkey leftovers waiting for me. Oy! The Christmas tree is up and the house is now fully Holiday-ized. The first of the seed catalogs arrived shortly before Thanksgiving (High Mowing Organics), so I figured I’d better […]Read More Let’s Talk: Tomatoes
Rules sounds so strict! But I do think it is crucial to have a few bits of information in your back pocket when you dive into either the nursery or the seed catalogs to shop for veggies. Know your growing days. I live up North, Zone 4a (much like MyBackyardGarden4b who got us started down […]Read More Let’s Talk: Veg Shopping Rules
Back when I asked you all about winter-time blog topics, I got a great suggestion from reader MyBackyardGarden4b. The comment was:“I’m struggling to find varieties of vegetables that are suitable for a home garden, i.e., flavourful and abundant. I’d love to hear which seeds you buy, what their results are, if you’d buy them again, […]Read More Let’s Talk: Veggies. A series.
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 […]Read More Veg In Review: 2018 Season
The main weather station up in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota) has told me that, as of last night, we’ve received just shy of 5 inches of rain this month. The garden is, for the first time since spring, so very lush and deliciously green. I can’t get over how different it […]Read More Lush.