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
This video is from 2016, so certainly not new, but it is new to me and I want you all to watch it! Its just north of an hour, so it might be best suited to a slow evening and paired with a glass of wine. Or perhaps a weekend morning with a cuppa. Either […]Read More A Chat With Monty Don and Tim Richardson
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
I think its only fair to give a garden at least 2, possibly 3, years to mature and fill in before too harsh of a glance is aimed at it. The Half Moon garden has had about that much time, and what has worked has, in fact, worked beautifully well. Case in point: Little Bluestem […]Read More Revisiting the Half Moon Garden.
You read that right! Melting snow and 40F (plus!) temps in Wisconsin in January. What madness is this? Surely this is a sign of a changing climate- our average high is usually 20ishF and lows around 4F. Consistently cold, sometimes downright bitter. And snowy. Always snowy. Yet here we are, a week into above freezing […]Read More A January Thaw.
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
Recently the website Garden Rant (of which I only occasionally frequent) published an article claiming that Right Plant, Right Place is rubbish advice. I disagree. A lot. A whole lot in fact! You see, for a new gardener- or even one wanting to push the boat out a bit and try something new, or one […]Read More In Defense of Right Plant, Right Place.
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
Can you all believe it? 2019. I’m unsure of how I find myself shocked that its come so quickly, but here we are. First things first, I’d like to thank all of you for reading, for following me, and for your fantastic comments and insight. Y’all are so lovely! Second things second, I’m not a […]Read More Twenty Nineteen.
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
This ought to be entertaining for both of us since I’ve not grown corn since we lived in South Dakota 5 years ago. And those were in 5 gallon buckets that needed watering probably twice a day but only got water every other day. Oops. It would be fair to say the yields were sub-optimal. […]Read More Let’s Talk: Corn
It is quite a cloudy day here, certainly not the best sort of day to appreciate the Solstice. While it supposed to be the first day of Winter, most (if not all) of us in the Midwest have been well stuck into winter since November. However, the one thing that makes this official start of […]Read More Solstice.
I’m going to switch up gears for a bit, lest this blog turn into Veg Seeds Only (TM). In October we took to the skies and headed to Santa Fe for our 10 year anniversary (Yay Us!). As usual, we made a point to stop by the area Botanical Garden. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden […]Read More Santa Fe Botanical Garden.
Melons are something I can whole-heartedly recommend you grow- providing you have the space (and there are some varieties designed for small spaces!). Any melon you grow will be more succulent, flavorful, and appreciated than anything you can get at a farm stand or grocery store. I’ll give my one caveat now: If you plant […]Read More Let’s Talk: Melons
Last year, the potager installation was much more of a priority than actual plant planning for the potager. That explains why this was the view the majority of the year. Oof. More open holes than is strictly helpful or good looking. But hey! At least we finished the install and got it all mulched! And […]Read More The Potager: A Centerpiece.
I have a love-hate relationship with cabbage. They take up boatloads of room and don’t always head up. But, when they do (and aren’t riddled with holes from cabbage moth worms), they are a sight to behold and truly delicious. This means my decision on any given year to grow them depends entirely upon space. […]Read More Let’s Talk: Cabbage