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
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?
Three days ago, we received about 4 inches of snow. Yesterday and today it hit the 70's. Oh, Michigan. How I love this state. The sunny skies got me out of the house and into the garden. I worked on my layout, made sure my structure designs will work, and my personal favorite, planted spinach. I … Continue reading Planting Seeds: Spinach
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
Weed: A wild plant growing where it is not wanted in competition with cultivated plants. Battling weeds (or harvesting them from our gardens) is something we all go through as gardeners. I remember last summer spending hours and hours weeding my garden just to get to do it all over again in a couple of … Continue reading Weeds as Indicator Plants
It's a "refreshing" 29 degrees here. A reminder that while it is spring, winter is not quite done with us. With our last freeze still a ways off, I've been focusing my attention (and my imagination) on the nursery. My pepper plants that I planted right before the power went out, did end up emerging. … Continue reading What’s New in the Nursery
We've entered the "safe zone" for plants here in Michigan. No more frost! This past weekend was the perfect opportunity to finish planting the garden. As usual, the final counts vary greatly from what I originally started with. Broccoli Plants, 8 Pickling Cucumbers, 6 Cauliflower, 3 Peppers, 3 Tomatoes, 4 Lavender, 2 Sugar Baby Watermelon, … Continue reading Plants are in the Ground!
I've been a little off schedule this year due to illness (curse you cold viruses!) but I managed to get my spring crop of DeCicco Broccoli planted earlier this week. DeCicco Broccoli is an Italian heirloom broccoli, introduced to American gardeners in the 1890s. They are organic, compact with heads that grow 4 inches. They … Continue reading Mmm Broccoli!
Yesterday marked the planting of my first veggies of the season; peppers. Three plants total, two Golden Treasures and one Jalapeno Traveler Strain. Peppers can be difficult to grow from seeds because they need very specific conditions. One key factor is warm soil, around 80F. To help with this, I placed a heating mat beneath … Continue reading Planting Peppers
The official start of the growing season is less than a week away and I can't wait! My nursery is prepped and waiting eagerly for the first batch of seedlings. The nursery is set up in a corner in my kitchen, out of the way from the heavy traffic of my dogs and away the … Continue reading The Nursery