Well, the seeds have all been purchased and the logistics/rotations have all been calculated. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a plan. Veg Garden Beans, Fava: Masterpiece (Baker Creek), Broad Windsor (Baker Creek) Beets: Kestrel (Fedco), Touchstone (Fedco) Broccoli: Burgundy Sprouting (Fedco) Cabbage: Kalibos (Baker Creek) Cucumber: Telegraph Improved (Baker Creek), Tendergreen Burpless (Baker Creek) Eggplant:… Continue reading The 2019 Veg Patch.
The Potager: Rethinking the Plants
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… Continue reading The Potager: Rethinking the Plants
Revisiting the Half Moon Garden.
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… Continue reading Revisiting the Half Moon Garden.
Notes for Next Year: 2019
I know we all have these mental notes about what we want to/should change about our gardens for the next growing season. I try my best to write them down before I forget them, but compiling them all for easy access later has been a bit more of a struggle. Something(s) always get missed and… Continue reading Notes for Next Year: 2019
Veg In Review: 2018 Season
Though there are still a few carrots and rutabaga in the dirt, I think its fair to say the growing season is over for most of us. That means its time to make heads or tails of it all and make notes for next year. Let's get to it! What Worked: The peppers had an… Continue reading Veg In Review: 2018 Season
A Royal Wedding Inspiration.
The last of the garden spaces to be completed is sitting out at the south end of the garden. A narrow East-West strip of grass with a significant North-South swale along its Western edge. It is bordered by hedges on its North and South sides. It has a rickety, homemade wattle fence along its West… Continue reading A Royal Wedding Inspiration.
Putting on a better show.
I'll admit to being the kind of gardener that isn't overly concerned with having chock-a-block blooms all season long. I'm more than happy with the ebb and flow of blooms throughout the season. When you pair that with the natural inclination of plants that are happiest in our soils to bloom more in July and… Continue reading Putting on a better show.
Apples & Orchards.
When we moved into this place, we knew we wanted to get some apple trees in straight away. 3 years is a long time to wait for fruit and we didn't want to make the wait any longer. That was 2014, we bought three varieties at a local tree farm- McIntosh, Wealthy, Cortland and planted… Continue reading Apples & Orchards.
Well, I'm looking out the window by my computer as the first flakes of the predicted 18" of snow start falling. You can't possibly expect me to be polite about it. I've done all the planning I can stand. The last seed order I placed was perfunctory and totally lacking the thrill of previous orders.… Continue reading February Sucks.
Making Plans for 2018.
So this year was to be the year of no new projects. Which then became the year of no new *big* projects. Which is now the year of a whole bunch of random small-ish projects. Our resolve is astounding, don't you think? Anyway, here's what's on deck for the coming year: The dead space between… Continue reading Making Plans for 2018.
Planning for the New Year
Selecting new varieties, remembering what worked (and didn't) last year, and tips for wading through the stacks of seed catalogs. So, its January 2018. Here, in Wisconsin, is is cold (subzero kind of cold), snowy, and there is nothing to do in the garden but stare at it and start making mental notes of all… Continue reading Planning for the New Year