Gardening – Let 2023 Begin: Seedlings & Micro Greens!

Gardening in January! Crazy perhaps. But the grow lights will keep these onions growing strong until they can go into a garden bed this April. Why start onions in January? The seedlings need to be 10 to 12 weeks old before putting them out in April. These seedlings were started on 1/16. Twelve weeks isContinue reading “Gardening – Let 2023 Begin: Seedlings & Micro Greens!”

Gardening – Putting the Garden Beds to Rest

2021 was our first attempt at gardening. We were hardly the lone rangers on this front. The pandemic brought grocery shortages. Many people started gardening during the pandemic. For some is was just in case, for us it was also because society encouraged people to stay at home more. Restaurants were mostly closed, store shelvesContinue reading “Gardening – Putting the Garden Beds to Rest”

Gardening – Late Fall Pleasant Surprises

It’s November 10th in Gardening Zone 5A (South Central Wisconsin) and we are still pulling product out of our garden each workday morning to make salads for lunch. We have 4 garden beds that are still actively growing. This is our second season of gardening. From novice to either advanced beginner and marginally competent. WeContinue reading “Gardening – Late Fall Pleasant Surprises”

Gardening – A Tool for Our Mental Toolbox – Clyde’s Garden Planner

There are several keys or critical tips to growing a good garden. The key for beginning gardeners is to find the critical tips from ‘master’ gardeners. There are plenty of novices like us out there with advice that may of may not be good. We watch many of the successful YouTube gardeners, take notes andContinue reading “Gardening – A Tool for Our Mental Toolbox – Clyde’s Garden Planner”

Gardening: Planning 2022

Planning has begun for year two of Operation Green Thumb. The operation has never really stopped; we have been growing micro greens and herbs inside all winter. It is now time to map out what the outdoor garden for 2022 will be and when tasks should be preformed. The 2021 outdoor garden was in threeContinue reading “Gardening: Planning 2022”

Gardening – Preparing For 2022: First Up Onions From Seed

After a winter of micro greens and herbs we turn our attention to getting ready for outdoor gardening. Outdoor gardening in February?! In Wisconsin?! Are we crazy?! Maybe. While the soil in the garden beds will not be ready to work for several weeks, there are a few crops that can be started from seedContinue reading “Gardening – Preparing For 2022: First Up Onions From Seed”

Gardening – Micro Greens: Easy Peasy!

We loved being able to go to the garden in the and pluck tasty and healthy snacks out of the garden during outdoor harvest times last summer and fall. When the first killing frost arrived, that all ended…until January 1st. Well, we couldn’t go out to the garden which is now a micro tundra, butContinue reading “Gardening – Micro Greens: Easy Peasy!”

Gardening – Winding Down Outside: The Few, The Hardy

Beth and I spent many of the daylight hours Saturday and half the day Sunday taking down most of the backyard garden. Mostly fruitless bean, pea, tomato and corn plants were pulled from containers and the beds to become compost for the 2022 garden. There are still a few crops left growing in the eachContinue reading “Gardening – Winding Down Outside: The Few, The Hardy”

Gardening – Basil: Indoor Strong

Basil. You’ve all seen basil plants at grocery stores and the big box stores who sell groceries. It’s a plant that we have consistently killed off year in and year out. We’d buy a grocery store plant with the high hopes of having a healthy, happy and productive plant to pluck off basil as weContinue reading “Gardening – Basil: Indoor Strong”

Gardening – Late Harvest & Planting: 4th Quarter 2021

Photos of many things still in the garden. What’s not pictured, west side pole beans and cabbage, plus 6 container Brussels sprouts. Plus plans for attempted cold weather crops. When we are in, we are all in. This year has been more experiment than results oriented. With that said, we’ve been very happy with someContinue reading “Gardening – Late Harvest & Planting: 4th Quarter 2021”