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…”

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?”

Gardening: Harvesting Lettuce and Spinach

After a couple of weeks off, 10 days on vacation, we are back to discuss operation Green Thumb. Harvesting the 60 day plants has begun. Today: Lettuce and Spinach. Bonus. We learned two more gardening terms! “Bolting” and the “Cut and Come Again Method”. Bolting is a term describing the flowers that form at theContinue reading “Gardening: Harvesting Lettuce and Spinach”

Gardening: First To Bed, First To Rise, First Out of Bed – Radishes

Operation Green Thumb sees it’s first significant harvest. Radishes were the first seeds sown in any bed, they were the first to germinate in the beds and now they are the first to be harvested. Soon we will be able to cut lettuce and spinach. In a month or so, pull some yummy 4″ sweetContinue reading “Gardening: First To Bed, First To Rise, First Out of Bed – Radishes”

Gardening: Out of the Box Trellis Ideas For In The Box Gardens

Operation Green Thumb continues with trellising our plants. The vining plants in beds A and B like beans, peas, zucchini and cucumbers are trellised with the first pictures shown. The extension is an R Dub original. The jury is still out… wish us luck. Tomatoes in bed C are trellised with a structure made ofContinue reading “Gardening: Out of the Box Trellis Ideas For In The Box Gardens”

Gardening: Redneck or Avant Garde(ner)?

We have featured three raised 5′ x 3′ garden beds on several gardening blog entries. A significant amount of money, time, planning, and effort have been invested in these beds. We are quite happy with them and intend for the investment to be utilized for many years forward. So far so good. They look great.Continue reading “Gardening: Redneck or Avant Garde(ner)?”