I've never grown Leeks before. That makes it a bit intimidating but also means I'm spending a lot of time researching them. What do they need? How do they grow? How should I start them? Starting Leeks There are a few varieties of leeks that require different growing seasons. Early season leeks are less hardy … Continue reading Growing Leeks
The mornings are crisp, the leaves are turning, and the days are getting shorter. Autumn is just around the corner. As part of my new goal to eat more in tune with the seasons, I've been attempting to plan out some meals for the upcoming season. It hasn't been easy. I've never been good at … Continue reading Autumn Meal Planning
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
It always starts slow. First the herbs, then the peppers. But by the time the tomatoes have poked their little plant forms out of the soil and start reaching towards the light, the nursery has taken off and things start to get very busy around here. By the time those tomatoes are ready to move … Continue reading The Joy from Gardening
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?
While finishing the layout for my garden, I ended up making a few changes to my plant list. Here's the final list. DeCicco Broccoli Groniner Brussels Sprouts Marketmore 76 Cucumber Amish Melon Sweet Granite Melon Butternut Squash Lemon Squash Black Beauty Zucchini Siberian Tomato German Pink Tomato Martino's Roma Tomato Riesentraube Tomato Golden Treasure Pepper … Continue reading The Plants of 2017!