Gardening: What’s Up Doc? Carrots!

Second crop in our raised garden beds is carrots. Like the radish, carrots are also a cold weather liking plant. We are big fans of the carrot. For snacking and for cooking. The radishes we are spreading out over time because they are ready for harvest quickly and we do not typically eat them veryContinue reading “Gardening: What’s Up Doc? Carrots!”

What’s In Your Bucket?

As we plow deeper into Operation Green Thumb, the unorthodox but YouTube successful technique of growing potatoes in 5 gallon buckets is next on our list of adventures. Several weeks ago a bag of Yukon Gold and a bag of Russian Banana Fingerling seed potatoes were purchased from a local home improvement store. The seedsContinue reading “What’s In Your Bucket?”

Battle Hardened

Hardening off the seedling plants. We are learning so many new terms. I should write a blog just on all of the new words, phrases and terms we’ve learned during the process of becoming gardeners…but that’s for another day… The process of hardening prepares our indoor planted seedlings to slowly adjust to the great butContinue reading “Battle Hardened”

Reflecting Operation Green Thumb

Operation green thumb plows forward and we continue to try techniques gleaned from YouTube videos. We learn as we go. This picture shows several things. One are the three levels of shelving that hold our seedling trays and planters. Another is the presence of one grow lamp per level. This has not changed since startingContinue reading “Reflecting Operation Green Thumb”

Transparent Culture

The gardening saga continues. While relocating cabbage and cauliflower from biodegradable containers (that were disintegrating prematurely) to red solo cups we noticed that the roots of a few plants had grown through the containers and into the diffusion watering mat. It was time for all plants to be transferred to larger containers. I started withContinue reading “Transparent Culture”

Thinning Out The Herd

Becoming a gardener has surely been a work in progress. The goal is to learn as we go, or to borrow an industry acronym; OJT “On the job training.” Our latest learning opportunity? Thinning out the seedlings. Planting 2 or 3 seeds per planter is recommended when starting seeds. As uncertain newbies, we put 3Continue reading “Thinning Out The Herd”

A Small But Mighty Wind

Leggy Seedlings Almost every YouTube video we watched warned of them and instructed how they could be avoided. We thought we followed the experts instructions…but alas and alack…there they were… What is a leggy seedling you ask? I had to ask too and didn’t really know until weak, long saggy, yellow seedlings appeared in ourContinue reading “A Small But Mighty Wind”

Green Thumb Sequel: Moving On Up!

It’s like being a new parent. We plant the seeds and watch with baited breath for days and weeks waiting for the first sprout. When the first sprout emerges there is great celebration! When every planter has at least one sprout there is great satisfaction that we have a chance to grow our own freshContinue reading “Green Thumb Sequel: Moving On Up!”

Sprouting A Green Thumb

As a result of limited essential supplies and escalating grocery prices the last year, Beth and I are attempting to be more self sufficient. Starting a garden is one of those attempts. Many of the foods that we purchase and consume bear the organic label. But I’m always skeptical that the foods in the packageContinue reading “Sprouting A Green Thumb”