The sky turned white and it snowed (sideways) for 36 hours this weekend. With the return of feels-like-January weather, I can feel that I have a severe case of cabin fever (it's a real thing). cab·in fe·ver noun (informal) irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter. Yes, … Continue reading Snow, Snow, Go Away (Cabin Fever)
Hi everyone! I'm trying something a bit different today. We've been fortunate to have sunny and gorgeous weather around here the past few days, which means that it's time to tap maple trees for sugaring. This is the fifth year that we'll be making maple syrup as part of a community effort that involves three … Continue reading The Cheap and Easy Way I Tap My Maple Trees for Sugaring (video)
I got an email from the president of a club I was previously active in. Hey Maria! I haven’t seen you at our meetings for a while. Just wondered if there’s anything I can help with, or if you plan to return. Hope to hear from you soon! It was such a nice email. I … Continue reading Quitting When it’s Time
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