As 2019 draws down, I thought it might be a good exercise to think about the past year and what has stood out as great, enjoyable, unexpected, and/or soothing. What was great in 2019 This Podcast Will Kill You- a delightfully quirky podcast full of science about pathogens and their history that I can't stop… Continue reading Year End Favorites
Since my seed orders have already arrived and I'm proving to have a sliver of self-control, foregoing any of the temptations in the newly arrived catalogs, I thought I might as well get the veg garden plan in place before I become the One Armed Bandit. (BTW, I get to have shoulder surgery shortly and… Continue reading 2020 Veg Garden
Guns 'n Roses might have gotten it wrong because we've been getting rain here in Northern Wisconsin. In late December. It is so strange and so atypical. Heck, Christmas Day was warmer than both Halloween and Thanksgiving! I'm unsure how this new winter-time meteorological event will impact the garden. The existing snow is melting and… Continue reading The Cold December Rain
Hiya! Obviously if you are reading this on anything other than a third-party blog reader you'll have already noticed the site update. Nothing functional has changed, just that the menu up top is easier to see/navigate and hopefully the site is, overall, easier to read. Please let me know if you encounter any issues and… Continue reading Site Update
I was pottering around Facebook Sunday morning and, as I follow Modern Farmermagazine, saw this salacious posting: "'Cherokee Purple' and 'Brandywine' will always be among the best heirloom tomato varieties, but what else is out there? Michael Pollan and other experts share their favorite heirloom tomatoes." Is that right? Cherokee Purple and Brandywine? Always among… Continue reading Tomato Fight.
I'm always excited when the schedules for garden seminars come out. There are precious few in our area and I do so very much want to go to them- to engage with like-minded folks, to learn new things, to expand my vision of what gardens are and can be. But some years I find myself… Continue reading Seminars & Shows
Any time you start a new job or meet new people, you inevitable get asked what you are interested in outside of work. So you start talking about gardening and someone asks you a question and you come back with a semi-nerdy and probably-too-thorough answer and it comes out that you are a Master Gardener.… Continue reading Advice for New Gardeners
Can we just pause for a minute and sit in awe and disbelief that we are at the end of another decade and leaping into the most futuristic sounding year? Twenty-twenty. The years of my youth are now firmly in the past (strangely, the 90's were not 8 years ago like I continue to believe… Continue reading Seeds and Plans: 2020
I often wonder why I suffer through 7-ish months of coddling tender plants that don't give me fruit. The constant watering, mealy bugs, spider mites. Stinky fish emulsion and fertilizers. Yes, the citrus & fig get all that too but at least there are oranges at the end. And I'll tell you what, those oranges… Continue reading Winter Bloom
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… Continue reading 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… Continue reading Seeds Ahoy!
This one will be a bit shorter than last year's (especially considering I did two! Here and Here). I'll confess that there aren't a ton new items that are really tripping my trigger, so I'm sticking to basics that will suit a myriad of gardeners of any level. Onward! Gardener's Supply Galvanized Seed Starting Tray… Continue reading 2019 Gift Guide
The most recent iteration of the Potager was more successful than the last, but only just barely. That's the good news. The bad news is that the veg portion of it didn't do a thing (other than the chives and green onions) because BUNNIES. And the floral aspect was found to be a bit wanting… Continue reading Potager Plans
I don't know about your holiday extravaganzas, but for us celebrations are going to start hot and heavy in a few weeks with Thanksgiving and roll straight on into the New Year. We are lucky enough to be able to host most of the celebrations- which, yes, is a decent amount of work, but it… Continue reading Holiday Helpers, 2019 Edition
Gardening has taught me a great many things. Perhaps even more things than I can actually remember, but the most valuable lesson of all has been learning to roll with the punches. As much as I feel like I'm the Captain and the garden is my ship, it never takes too long for Mother Nature… Continue reading I’m not actually in charge here, am I?
Despite the oddly rainy and generally chilly September and October, we only just had our first hard (as in everything is completely covered in it) frost last week. And of course now snow is in the forecast multiple times this week. It ought to be just a dusting, but there's no denying now we're in… Continue reading Ramping up for Winter
Hello Friends! As the temperatures start to dip (which reminds me to go out and cover the citrus and fig trees, the jasmine and bougainvillea as the low tonight is in the upper 30sF), the skies get grayer and the foliage gets more and more colorful I feel the urge to blog again. Perhaps I'm… Continue reading A Foul Weather Blogger?
Dear Readers- I'm such a bad blogger. I suspect its not just because it is summer and there are more pressing things to do than write blog posts. Its because there's something about this medium feels more like a drag/effort (which it absolutely should not be, talking about ones own garden should always be fun!)… Continue reading Trying Something New.
Its been a fun process watching this Spring Bloom unfold in its naturally unnatural way. The tulips have finally faded, though there are a few hold out daffodils. The rest of the garden is moving forward flush with Irises, Salvia, Lupines, Heuchera, Geraniums, and Baptisia. The Wiegela are now blooming as the Lilacs have finally… Continue reading Unexpected Bonuses.