The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge is a nationwide effort to encouraging people to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that benefit pollinators like bees, butterflies, birds, and bats. Run by the National Pollinator Garden Network, the challenge encourages gardeners to "bee counted" and maps pollinator gardens across America. According to the website, pollinator gardens should: … Continue reading Join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Way back in March, I wrote up my gardening goals for 2018. Now it's six months later, and I'm long overdue for an update on how the season has shaped up. 1. Grow More of Our Own Food Even though I put the most time and effort into my vegetable garden compared to my other … Continue reading My Gardening Goals for 2018: End of Summer Update
There may be 2 feet of snow on the ground, but the 2018 gardening season is here! I finally ordered my seeds this week and I also planted my raised bed hoop house with greens and am hoping for an early harvest of greens like I was able to get last year. This is an … Continue reading My Gardening Goals for 2018
Someone recently asked me where they should go to get garden seeds. Fortunately, there is no shortage of places where you can buy high-quality garden seed—in fact, it is more likely that you will have trouble deciding among the many options that are out there! If you’re bitten by the gardening bug, you may end … Continue reading Where can I buy gardening seeds?
I was on a Facebook page for a gardening group, and someone initiated one of those “get to know you” types of posts. This doesn’t answer every question, but it does provide you with a good introduction to me and my garden. Nick Name? Mrs. GreenJeans What does your nick name stand for? I’m not … Continue reading Gardener Profile: Getting to Know Me and My Garden
Perhaps buoyed by the unexpected success of my previous garden experiment, I've started another. This time, I'm trying to cultivate the wine cap (aka Stropharia) mushrooms in my garden. The wine caps are about the simplest of any to grow, which seems like a good fit for me since I've only had mixed success with growing … Continue reading Garden Experiment 2: Wine Cap Mushroom Cultivation
We had a big thaw back in February, and I put all my cabin fever energy into build a raised garden bed that was, conveniently, taller than the piles of snow around it. I planted it, watered it, and rolled the plastic up like a snug burrito. When things warmed up in early April, I opened it … Continue reading Garden Experiment 1 Update: Raised Bed Hoop House
Okay, I couldn't help it. We had a week of unseasonably warm weather in mid-February. The sap started running on February 17th (no tapping yet, though). The snow melted back severely and we didn't even know if we would be able to snowshoe to the cottage without trudging through 18 inches of "mashed potatoes." So what else … Continue reading Gardening Experiment 1: Raised Bed Gardening (in February!)