As a follow-up to my post affirming that gardening still flows in my veins, so to speak, I would like to just go over some other things that are happening in the garden. The previous post showed what was happening in the West garden. Below is from the East garden. Basically is just two sides… Read More The Garden In Late October
August brought me to my knees. My job got busy. I started teaching Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 on Wednesday afternoons. Family life called and quarantined me. And the garden reached that level of overgrowth that snaps my brain in two and stops me from caring. The job was just too big and I didn’t have it in… Read More Ok, yeah – I’m a Gardener
This spring I had a little bit of trouble growing carrots, and I am not sure why. Last year I grew them for the first time, and I loved how flavorful they were straight out of the garden. But some of my carrots grew well, and some did not, and I did not know why either. Sprouting… Read More Carrot Sprouting Experiment
The Start of the Journey It all started with Michael Ruhlman’s book Charcuterie. I know, how odd. A book about curing meats got me interested in fermenting vegetables. Go figure. But it had some recipes for making pickles and sauerkraut just using salt, and I decided to just try to make sauerkraut using his instructions.… Read More Fermentation
In this post, I thought I would just add pictures from the garden taken on Saturday, as a way to document my garden status going into December. I am doing this first because I am just simply amazed at how much food I have in my garden going into December. I would not have thought… Read More Winter Garden Update – Part 2
In September, I prepped some beds for Fall/Winter harvest and since I was basically planting the same seed (or seed type) in each bed, I decided I would just scatter seed them. Rather than draw lines within the bed and seed along the row, I just scattered and raked them in a bit. Easy peasy and… Read More I Will Trust My OCD and Never Scatter-Sow
A WINTER HARVEST…I think I can actually do this thing! When I read Eliot Coleman’s book, I understood the concepts. Turning it into a reality – that is completely different. I have been working the past month on it, and looking back, the plan for my garden sort of just evolved from one idea to… Read More More Prep for Winter Harvest
-“Four Season Harvest” was a very intriguing book, and I really need to go back and re-read it now that I have almost a full season of gardening completed. His concept in the book is not to garden in the winter, but to plant enough to harvest through the winter, and to protect it from the… Read More Preparing for a Winter Harvest
Wow, so much is going on and so little time to blog. Today I am carving out a little time for an update. Carrots First, I am going to say I am very glad I am keeping a journal, and that I built an excel sheet to help calculate when to expect the seeds to sprout… Read More Carrots, Rutabaga, and the Rest!
We finally got to harvesting more potatoes this weekend, and we were not disappointed. We got some really big ones and lots overall! Well, the only disappointment was to find more potato beetles on what is left of the vines. Some had grown past the larval/pupae stage to adult beetle, so I went through and picked them off… Read More More Potatoes and the Fall Crops
I think I have mentioned before my red and poblano pepper plants have no blossoms. I did some research and I think I have arrived at some conclusions. In this article, it mentions a few things that can cause blossoms to fall from pepper plants. One is high heat. We have just gone through a… Read More A Tale of Two Pepper Plots
Whew, where to begin… Ah, yes! Peas and Quiet Saturday began with an early morning harvesting more peas. Nice and cool with birds chirping and frisky squirrels chasing each other high up in the hardwoods. Earlier in the spring, when the peas started to come in and flower, they were so tall and the blossoms… Read More Busy Weekend!