Cooking – Side Dish: Jalapeno Infused Cornbread w/Bacon & Cheese!

I don’t speak for Beth on this one, but this was my first attempt at homemade cornbread. I’m guessing that this is not her first attempt at homemade cornbread, but we worked together on it…including the consumption. All of the peppers are enjoying a hotter than normal August sun. Every pepper plant is bursting withContinue reading “Cooking – Side Dish: Jalapeno Infused Cornbread w/Bacon & Cheese!”

Gardening – Training An Old Vine a New Trick

A few blogs ago we wondered if the cucumbers would outgrow the 9′ trellis we set up. The answer was yes. We also wondered if they would continue to grow up on the roof. Well…we were not going to wait for that inevitability, action needed to take place. One suggestion by a subordinate at workContinue reading “Gardening – Training An Old Vine a New Trick”

Gardening – No Potato Before It’s Time

Two weeks ago we posted a blog and YouTube video featuring the first harvest of our potato buckets. 100 days ago we began to grow potatoes in containers. Yukon Gold and French Fingerling. We chose these varieties because they are different. We can buy organic russets frequently and occasionally organic reds, but Yukon Gold andContinue reading “Gardening – No Potato Before It’s Time”

Gardening – Garden To Table…Or Mouth

Operation Green Thumb continues. All be it a small harvest to date. It has been a tasty harvest. We have enjoyed lettuce and spinach greens, radishes, carrots, hot peppers, green and yellow beans, sweet pea pods, fingerling potatoes and cabbage. Most recently we enjoyed a Sunday lunch of fried cabbage and bacon with a sideContinue reading “Gardening – Garden To Table…Or Mouth”

Gardening: This Spud’s For You

On April 26, 2021 we published a blog post called “What’s In Your Bucket” that chronicled our attempt to grow Yukon Gold potatoes and Fingerling Potatoes in buckets. The planting was actually on April 24, but it took me two days to get around to writing the blog post. Four each 5 gallon buckets andContinue reading “Gardening: This Spud’s For You”

Gardening – Succession Planting: Mid Summer

It is mid July, mid summer…sigh… R Dub loves hot weather and summer. I will hate to see this one pass us by. But… Now is the time to begin replacing harvested crops with mid summer loving plants. While looking at the raised garden beds this morning after watering I wondered internally how many plantsContinue reading “Gardening – Succession Planting: Mid Summer”

Gardening: Cut and Come Again and Cut…

The beauty of planting leafy produce is enjoying several regeneration harvests. Our basil produces tasty herb all year long. Almost as dependable for multiple harvests from one planting is lettuce. In previous blog posts we talked about several early crops that were being harvested first. Radishes were first in and first out and first resownContinue reading “Gardening: Cut and Come Again and Cut…”

Mates For Life – What is the Awareness?

So I’m talking to Beth yesterday on the phone (yes we still use our communication devices to talk to each other) when the subject of weather came up. We are Mid westerners after all, so the subject had to come up at some point in the conversation. She mentioned that there was heavy rain upContinue reading “Mates For Life – What is the Awareness?”

Gardening – Basil Pruning: Never Buy Basil Again

We love fresh basil. For years we would buy a potted basil plant, put it outside in the sun, water it and pluck off larger leaves for food. Every year the plant would begin to falter, then die…not this year. Here’s how to never need to buy another basil plant again… Basil is perhaps ourContinue reading “Gardening – Basil Pruning: Never Buy Basil Again”

Gardening – Summer Is Here: Now What?

Operation Green Thumb has made it to official summer. We are roughly half way through the Zone 5 growing season. So how are the gardening newbies doing? We’ve harvested radishes and planted a second round. One more new gardening term to add to our list. Succession Planting. We’ve harvested spinach and replaced them with beets.Continue reading “Gardening – Summer Is Here: Now What?”