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 – 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”

Cooking – Sauteed Pole Beans : Autumn Garden to Plate

Our autumn planting pole beans are way outproducing the bunch beans that were planted last spring. The bunch beans produced 12 to 24 beans per week. Pole beans? Roughly one pound per week the last two weeks. We had a mild frost last night, it will be interesting to see how temps in the lowContinue reading “Cooking – Sauteed Pole Beans : Autumn Garden to Plate”

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”

Potent Potables – Garden to Glass: Cucumber Mint Martini

Cooking and canning salsa was fun and satisfying. So much so that Beth kept us on the garden to gullet roll with a slightly out of the box way of using fresh mint and cucumber. Beth surprised me Saturday afternoon with martini’s made from fresh mint and a cucumber. Both from our garden. Imagine that!Continue reading “Potent Potables – Garden to Glass: Cucumber Mint Martini”

Cooking – Garden to Canning Jar

Salsa! Easy to make, tasty to eat. Beth thought perhaps a little hot. Perfect for me! One of the many activities we shared this weekend was making and canning salsa from ingredients mainly plucked from our garden. Ingredients included: sweet corn, tomato, onion, green pepper, jalapeno pepper, beaver dam pepper, cilantro, and dried carrot tops.Continue reading “Cooking – Garden to Canning Jar”