The seed selections have been made! With January just around the corner, it's time I start putting some thought into modifications to the nursery, and planting schedule. But I can't do that without knowing what I want to plant. Thanks to Seed Saver Exchange and Baker Creek, I have my seeds selected and I'm ready … Continue reading Plants for 2018
Over the last two days, I've received both my Baker Creek and Seed Saver Exchange catalogs. A pleasant reminder that garden planning is right around the corner. While others are dreaming of a "white christmas", I'm dreaming of freshly picked peas, ripened tomatoes, and dirt under my fingernails, completely ignoring those words I utter every … Continue reading Seed Categories: My Favorite Time of the Year
The Old Farmer's Almanac posted an article on Facebook today entitled "What To Do With Fall Leaves." I have a couple of huge oak trees, none of which I can fit my arms around. They drop plenty of leaves to keep me busy in the fall. This year, I'd like to put them to work in … Continue reading Using Leftover Leaves
The King of the North pepper is the best tasting pepper in my garden, hands down. I'm not a fan of most peppers. I think they have an odd flavor. But these peppers I could munch on. The King of the North is a mild, sweet pepper with an absolutely delicious flavor. This pepper's fruits … Continue reading King of the North Pepper
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
I'm taking a moment to breathe. We have all had those days or weeks even, where everything seems to be non-stop. Home from work, take care of the garden, do some light (and I mean very light reading), process some photographs, play with the pets, and go to bed (if I'm lucky) around 1 or … Continue reading How About Those Goals?
Today I was lucky enough to spend the entire day working in the garden. And I mean working. My mulch arrived yesterday! I read about Deep Mulching on The Prairie Homestead blog a few years ago and have wanted to try it since. Normally by the fall I'm exhausted from the garden and my busy season as a landscape … Continue reading Deep Mulching
Ah, the nursery. Getting the nursery around marks one of my favorite times of the year. Within a matter of weeks, my teeny tiny seeds will start sprouting and life will begin. All of the planning and organizing comes to this moment. So naturally, this being an epic time, I take a lot of care … Continue reading How to Setup a Nursery: Seedling Style
Every year I struggle with coming up with a good labeling system for my plants. I've tried everything from the fancy route to the creative. The fact is gardens are hard work. Why make more work for myself coming up with a creative and time consuming labeling system? Why not go simple and have more … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
There are dozens of ways to create the structures for a vertical garden. If you do an internet search, you'll find hundreds of "creative ways" and "helpful design tips." But what most of these articles seem to leave out is the functionality and toxicity of the materials. For example, PVC materials are a great, cheap … Continue reading Which Wood is Good? The Skelton Structure