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2017 Vegetable Garden Totals

This year was the first year that I’ve ever tracked how much came out of the garden by weight. Normally, I’m fairly meticulous about what is being planted and where, but I’ve never taken the time to measure my efforts. And although it was quite tedious to weigh everything (especially the thousands of ground cherries) I thoroughly enjoyed the results. When I set out to…

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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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Toilet Roll Transplant Experiment – Part Two

Transplanting The Rolls

You guys didn’t think I would leave you hanging on this experiment did you? A number of posts back, I began an experiment to grow beans and sunflowers in toilet paper rolls in an effort to reuse something that would normally be tossed away. Get up to speed on that post here: Toilet Roll Transplant Experiment – Part One As expected, the plants grew. And for…

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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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Toilet Roll Transplant Experiment – Part One

Toilet paper rolls. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Or in my case, feel bad constantly throwing them out. In an effort to go one step above throwing these things in the recycling, we have decided to save them and use them as seed starting containers for some of our transplants. We have seen this done before and talked about, but have never…

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