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The garden gets its own category because there’s almost always something going on. We garden in the typical fashion as well as using containers, high tunnels and raised beds.

Garlic – and then plans changed

Garlic – and then plans changed

Last fall I planted 700 cloves of four varieties of garlic. And then plans changed. I’m not at farmers market as planned this year because the market was dismal. This morning looked as good as it’s going to get for garlic harvesting. It hasn’t rained for a few days but it’s going to later today or maybe tomorrow. I got busy and pulled 700 heads of garlic. Garlic is like magic. Drop 20ish pounds into fertile soil, cover it, water…

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Breaking Dormancy – A Life In The Wild

Breaking Dormancy – A Life In The Wild

Breaking dormancy – I joked out coming out of personal hibernation on a segment of On The Fire (my cooking show) but I’m not completely kidding. It’s been a long winter filled with writing. I spend a lot of time at the dining room table, tapping out letters that turn into words which turn into sentences that then turn into paragraphs which run into chapters. And then I hit Control + A, highlight all, and delete. Sometimes I delete the…

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Hands Seeds Soil – High Tunnel, Late February

Hands Seeds Soil – High Tunnel, Late February

Hands Seeds Soil. Add 48° (sorry, I know… it was February and 48°, it was glorious), sun, a slight breeze and water. Glorious. I cleaned out a few raised beds in the high tunnel; weeds that could grow in a Siberian winter, broccoli I hoped would recover, and carrots that survived the deep freeze when the door blew open. Spinach survived, and died (I thought) and bounced back and went dormant, and now it’s growing again. I did a bit…

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July 28 2017 – In My Garden – Holy Corn

July 28 2017 – In My Garden – Holy Corn

July 28 2017 Holy cow corn! What a difference a week and fish make for the corn. I came home from New York to broom and sweet corns that are growing against the poly in the high tunnel. They’re loving the white perch offal from a fishing trip a few weeks ago the extra warmth in the high tunnel. Here’s what’s in my garden on July 28 2017. The sweet corn is tasseling. I have to pollinate it by hand…

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July 21 2017 – In My Garden

July 21 2017 – In My Garden

July 21 2017 – In My Garden I’ve mentioned a time or six that I’m at a writing retreat this week. No internet and little phone reception. I do hope that I can occasionally send a photo to Instagram if I stand in the exact right spot, stick my tongue out just right, cross my eyes, and hop backward. That’s about what it takes for me to get a cell signal. My laptop isn’t even with me this week, which…

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Weedy Walk of Shame – Weeds in the High Tunnel

Weedy Walk of Shame – Weeds in the High Tunnel

Weedy Walk of Shame This is embarrassing. I wouldn’t show you this mess until I had an “after” picture. This is what I call the Weedy Walk of Shame. Or “that effing mess in the high tunnel.” One is polite and the other how I really feel. We took the cover off the high tunnel last November to let the rain and snow was away the mineral buildup in the soil. Parts of the soil were parched because they hadn’t…

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Favorite Weeding Tool – Wire Weeder

Favorite Weeding Tool – Wire Weeder

Favorite Weeding Tool As I’ve mentioned a few times this year, I’m dealing with a lot of weeds. Having the cover off the tunnel meant water to formerly parched soil, and that meant weed seeds germinating. I couldn’t find my favorite weeding tool, the Wire Weeder, and I couldn’t imagine keeping up with the weeds without it so I ordered a new one. It’s worth every penny. This weeder allows me to weed under and around plants easily. It disrupts…

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July 14 2017 – In My Garden

July 14 2017 – In My Garden

 July 14 2017 – In My Garden I missed this last week! I was at camp, watching the loon chicks grow and writing. A lot of writing. And a lot of cleaning out, a spring cleaning that hasn’t been done at camp in quite some time. It’s now July 14 2017 and wow! The high tunnel beds went nuts while I was gone. I can’t believe how much everything grew. It’s doing a lot better in this new soil than…

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June 30 2017 – In My Garden

June 30 2017 – In My Garden

June 30 2017 – In My Garden Welcome to the June 30 2017 edition of In My Garden! I’m under a deadline (something I’m not used to anymore!) so there won’t be a lot of story telling about what’s In My Garden this week. Not much has changed other than plants are growing well. I have a couple of new things to share. If you’d like to join in this week you may leave a link to a gardening post…

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