My Favorite Veggie Varieties

It's hard to believe that the official start to winter has only just arrived. We've had snow on the ground consistently since the beginning of November (although I managed to sneak in some bonus gardening anyway) and the days are so short that it feels like it's been winter for quite some time. My first … Continue reading My Favorite Veggie Varieties

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Desperate Gardening (in the Snow)

I haven't made as much progress toward my fall gardening goals as I had hoped to (more on that in an upcoming post...), with the weather being a major contributor. October felt rough, and it wasn't just me—by some objective measures, our October was the gloomiest on record. Who knew that was a thing? November … Continue reading Desperate Gardening (in the Snow)

My Gardening Goals for 2018: Fall Edition

It's fall, and it's really starting to feel like it. The first signal was when the days became noticeably shorter. Now, temperatures are dropping, and leaves are changing color. Geese are flying high in long Vs, heading south. After a hectic and scattered summer that kept me away from gardening more than I wanted or … Continue reading My Gardening Goals for 2018: Fall Edition

Join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

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

My Gardening Goals for 2018: End of Summer Update

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

My Gardening Goals for 2018

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

Garden Experiment 2: Wine Cap Mushroom Cultivation

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

Garden Experiment 1 Update: Raised Bed Hoop House

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