Garden 2015: August Update

cherry tomatoes ripening

Oh my gosh.  I cannot believe it is August.  I just can’t.  And we are already almost 3 weeks into August too.  I swear time just needs to slow down a little bit.  We have been really embracing the summer though and spending as much time outside as we can.  We live on Lake Erie so we have been taking full advantage and going to the beach a lot with the dogs so they can play in the water.  We also have some really nice hiking trails around that we like to take the dogs to.  You know what August means?  Pumpkin spice season.  It seems like August comes around and everyone is all about fall and everywhere you look it is pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice donuts, pumpkin spice cake, I even heard on the radio that peeps are coming out with pumpkin spice flavored peeps.  What?? Don’t worry, I will go pumpkin crazy for y’all and start getting those recipes flowing, but I like to wait until I see fresh pie pumpkins coming out of the fields and into the farmers markets.  None of that artificial flavoring crap for me.  But I will be honest with you,  I will probably succumb to at least one pumpkin spice latte at some point over the season.  Moderation.

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Garden 2015: July Update

baby tomatoes

The garden is getting excited this time of year!  It is bustling with baby veggies all over the place!  I have baby cucumbers and baby tomatoes.  I have started picking peppers already, along with lots of radishes and lettuce.  Lots and lots of lettuce.  My bean plants are coming along nicely!  I have the cutest little pods all over the place.  The garden is already a little over grown, so by August, I might be in trouble.  I had to throw in a bunch of sticks all over the place to get my tomatoes and beans to grow up!  See pictures below with 6 thousand sticks in garden bed, haha.  It doesn’t look pretty, but it gets the job done.

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Garden 2015: June Update

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Happy June you guys!  Sorry I’ve been gone for so long we had a sudden loss in the family and it took some time to get back into the swing of every day.  One way I have been coping is through the garden.  Something about getting my veggies and herbs in order is very relaxing, so that is what I have been up to.    That and a LOT of cooking and yoga.

With all of that said, the garden is off to a weird start this year.  First my seedlings were left on their own for 2 weeks while I was out of town.  So I ended up losing a lot of the seedlings.  Not a big deal though, I just bought some of my plants from a greenhouse.  Before I left, I had planted all of my kale/spinach/lettuce/green onions/etc.  So those were coming up nicely when I got home.  We had a late season frost 2 days towards the end of May, but I covered everything with a sheet and it all survived.  Then back to sunny and mid 80s.  Then yesterday and today the high was 51 degrees with torrential winds and storms.  My little plants have gone through a lot already, haha.

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So what do I have growing in the garden this year?  I’ll show ya!

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Planning the Vegetable Garden: Seed Starting

I am so excited for Spring to finally come!  In anticipation, I am getting ready to plan my veggie garden.  I rely on my vegetable garden to feed us fresh veggies all summer long.  During the summer months, I try to avoid the grocery store as much as possible.  We have a few farmers around we get local meat and eggs from and when there are farmers markets and a garden out back, I have no desire to eat a single veggie from the produce department of a grocery store.  Ick!  I also try to preserve as much of the fresh produce as I can that way I can eat garden fresh fruits and veggies all year long.  So a garden for me is really a big deal.  There is nothing better than going out back and getting a full basket full of veggies.

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There are two main ways to get your vegetable garden started.  You can buy plants from a garden center or you can start your plants from seeds.  You can go either way or do a little of both, whatever fits your life better.  If you are new to gardening and are curious how to get started, check out my first post here!  I love starting my veggies from seeds because you have a lot more choices and I honestly just find it really fun.  But, for some people it is a lot more practical to just buy the plants already growing.  This post is going to be all about seed starting if you want to give it a try!

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An Experiment in Winter Gardening: January Update

cold frame january

Sooooooo, things went downhill in January.  My acrylic plastic cover got a hole in it (it looked like from hail).  The hole only got larger when Dixie decided she wanted to hang out on the top of the cold frame all day.  Don’t worry, no doggies got hurt.  I knew that polycarbonate plastic is WAY stronger than both glass (which with the dogs I would never even attempt to use) and acrylic.  But that stuff is expensive!!  Since we didn’t really know what we were doing, we didn’t want to spring for the polycarbonate.  Next year, we will reconsider and probably go for the polycarbonate.

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