A Garden Journal

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As I’m getting ready to harvest my garlic, I do what I’ve always done every year. I go grab my garden journal to get ready to record the harvest date, and the yield and quality of the bulbs.

I’ve been keeping a journal of my garden almost since I began. It’s a habit I picked up from the old woman who taught me.

She drummed into my head, “Karen, if you want to see if what you’re doing works, you’ve got to keep a record! Without the ability to compare year to year, seed to seed, and method to method, you might as well just throw your […]

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By |2016-10-24T09:56:15-04:00July 24th, 2016|My Garden / Recipes|3 Comments

Too Optimistic…?

early gardening

Gardening season officially starts here on Mother’s Day. That’s typically when all chance of frost has passed. But, maybe courtesy of global warming, there is no frost in the 10-day forecast. In fact, I probably could have planted a week ago and still been alright. May be the first year that I actually get in two full crop rotations… Gotta take the good with the bad.

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By |2016-10-24T09:56:15-04:00May 1st, 2016|My Garden / Recipes|2 Comments

Best Organic Seed Catalog

The temp is a whopping 20 degrees outside, but I’m thinkin’ Spring.  Yes, it’s that time of year already — time to order seeds for this year’s garden!

Regular readers know that I’m big on annual garden experiments. An experiment that I didn’t chronicle last season was trying seeds from a variety of catalogs.

Since I save most of my seeds, I only grow from organic open-pollinated seeds. That immediately limits my selection.

I chose seeds from:

Fedco: They have the most extensive list and greatest quantity of seeds available (good for the serious gardener and small farmer).  Since they’re in Maine, most of their seeds do well from Zone 5 up.

Seeds of Change: They offer […]

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By |2016-10-24T09:56:19-04:00January 31st, 2016|My Garden / Recipes|13 Comments

Got a Garden? Get It Enrolled

Million-Pollinator-GardenIf you’re into gardening, you know about the pollination crisis. If you have a garden that attracts pollinators, please consider registering your garden at http://millionpollinatorgardens.org/.

The effort is to create a contiguous web of pollinator habitat across the country to save our native pollinators.

Nutrition ( lots of pollen and nectar sources) is very important to help pollinators withstand the diseases, mites and pesticides they are exposed to in the environment.

Having habitat for native pollinators is important too. A stone wall, bare ground and small piles of dried plant stem material will provide nesting area for solitary native pollinators.

If you don’t have a garden, maybe spending a little time on the […]

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By |2016-10-24T09:56:19-04:00January 22nd, 2016|My Garden / Recipes, Nature|0 Comments
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