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Winter Indoor Garden

Winter has arrived. And boy has it brought some cold weather with it. Christmas Day started a multi-day stretch of below zero temperatures and I can tell you there are very few things moving, let alone growing outside. Impatient gardeners like myself move indoors and continue gardening wherever we can find space. For me, this is a small 6 foot x 5 foot area in…

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September Garden Update

For whatever reason it seems that whenever Labor Day finishes the weather starts to take a dive. Just as anticipated, the temperature has now dropped and is consistently staying in the mid 60 degrees. It already feels like fall. Around this time I begin to slow the garden down. At least the summer crops start getting the axe while the fall crops kick in. Recently…

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Green Beans, Peppers, and the Mystery of the Fallen Corn Stalks

At the beginning of the growing season, it’s hard for me to contain my excitement for that first harvest. I will check my plants daily, sometimes twice, to see if anything is ready to be picked. In August however, I don’t think a day goes by where something is not taken out of the garden. To be honest, it can be somewhat difficult to keep…

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July 2017 Update

The month of July is a time where the garden really comes alive. It’s when most plants put on a large amount of green growth, and many of the leaves are still really green because diseases and blight have not changed their color otherwise. With so many plant varieties ready for harvest, the time between July and the end of August will inspire even the…

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Garden Like Thomas Jefferson

Four Plants I'm Growing From Thomas Jefferson's 1777 Garden

Happy 4th of July everyone! In honor of Independence Day, I thought it might be fitting to take a look back at the life of one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. Don’t worry, this won’t be a history lesson, or at least not one that you would have sat through in grade school! Many of you already know that Thomas Jefferson was America’s 3rd…

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June 19, 2017

Tomatoes and Peppers and Ground Cherries Oh My?

It is the middle of June and I thought it worth providing an update on my three oldest (aside from the perennials) plants of the year. At almost five months old, the tomatoes, peppers, and ground cherries are really coming to life in the garden. If this is the first you’ve heard of the experiment I am doing with these plants, check out the previous…

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June 11, 2017

All About Strawberries

As we move to the end of spring, June happens to be one of my favorite months when it comes to the garden. The reason for this, hands down, goes to the ripening of strawberries. It only happens for a few weeks, but when it does I can not get enough. For those of you who have never tried fresh strawberries from the garden, you…

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May 28, 2017

Planting Everything

It is Memorial Day weekend and for many gardeners in my neck of the woods, that means planting time. This weekend is generally a good indicator that the worst is behind us as far as the weather goes (hopefully). I can’t say for sure that there haven’t been any freak accidents where in the first week of June a blanket of snow had fallen, or…

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May 14, 2017

Minor Damage

This time of year can be exceptionally challenging for the Midwestern gardener. It is a time when fragile cold weather crops are transplanted in the garden. And when other seeds are started or poking out of the ground. There is a lot happening that is for sure. Timing can be crucial. Too early and plants can die from frost, too late and with some plants…

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May 7, 2017

Transplant Growth

It’s the beginning of May and yesterday while I was in the basement watering the tomatoes and peppers, I noticed how ready they are to be planted outside and thought I would give you a glimpse of what they look like. A little back story first. Towards the end of January I decided to start my tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, and ground cherries from seed in…

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