The Garden in August

August 1st marks the celebration of the first harvest; Lughnasadh. The celebration of the sun, of life, and of the harvest. By this point, I've already harvested a few plants (especially if I'm growing peas) but it marks the time when the garden really begins to flourish. Tomatoes and peppers are being picked by the … Continue reading The Garden in August

EWG’s Dirty Dozen #WhyIGrow

Every year the Environmental Working Group releases a "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce". The list, Dirty Dozen, contains the produce that tested highest for residual pesticides. If I remember correctly, this study tests non-organic produce. Dirty Dozen Strawberries Spinach Nectarines Apples Peaches Pears Cherries Grapes Celery Tomatoes Sweet bell peppers Potatoes Hot Peppers You … Continue reading EWG’s Dirty Dozen #WhyIGrow

What the heck is Edema?

In a disappointed state, I examined the tiny bumps on one of my banana pepper leaves. There were dozens of them. I tried to wipe them off but they wouldn't budge. At least I knew they weren't eggs from a little pest. I told myself that I would probably have to toss the plant. What … Continue reading What the heck is Edema?

Nature’s Signs It’s Time to Plant

Planting schedules. How awful are they? Those little charts that give you an estimated time to plant things based on your zone. Sometimes they are not clear. Sometimes they go against each other. ¬†Sometimes the seasons are different. It can be overwhelming and frustrating. A little while ago, I read a blog post:¬†Daffodils? That means … Continue reading Nature’s Signs It’s Time to Plant

Outside Prep

Looking ¬†around this afternoon, you never would have guessed that just yesterday we received 4 inches of snow. Mother Nature's last (most likely) attempt at winter. We are officially in Spring. The cool temperatures reminded me that it's time to get moving on my outdoor planting. According to the Michigan State University Extension office, now … Continue reading Outside Prep

Spring has Sprung!

Welcome to Spring. This time of year reflects the ever changing Earth. Here in Michigan, we begin to see life sprout around us. Slowly still, but it is there nonetheless. And while we all know a spring snow storm could appear at any moment, we all feel a bit more happier. Today marks the return … Continue reading Spring has Sprung!