Garden 2022 Wrap-Up

I’ve been working on putting the garden to bed for a few weeks now. With this weekend’s frost, even the monster squash plant that was threatening to vault the fence and eat the house has died back a bit, so it’s more than time. I’m also thrilled that I can see my kitchen table again,Continue reading “Garden 2022 Wrap-Up”

The “I Don’t Have Time to Garden” Garden

Part of my series of pre-planned gardens: If you’re feeling the need to be growing some of your own food, but aren’t sure you will have enough time to tend a fussy garden, here are some suggestions of what to grow. These don’t take a lot of tending, don’t have a lot of pest problems,Continue reading “The “I Don’t Have Time to Garden” Garden”

Dried Onion Comparison

I dehydrated two kinds of onions this year, and I’m pleasantly surprised with the results! This summer, I diced several large onions (I forget if they were yellow or white) and dehydrated them. I’m forgetting the details; I think it was three huge onions (about 3 pounds) and it filled 6 dehydrator trays, which driedContinue reading “Dried Onion Comparison”

How to Build a Raised Bed Garden: FAQ

These are the most common questions I see about raised bed gardening, along with my answers. Though I try to be comprehensive and not just relate my experience, you may find other things work better in your situation and location. How tall should I make my beds? If you can work on the ground andContinue reading “How to Build a Raised Bed Garden: FAQ”

Microgreen Kit Comparison

Microgreens are all the rage, and for good reason. They are 4-40x more nutritious than their full-size counterparts, can be grown indoors without lights in any season, and are beautiful and tasty to eat. And, as we’re all hunkering down waiting for COVID-19 to burn itself out, lots of people are realizing a little greenContinue reading “Microgreen Kit Comparison”

Flavor Garden

This garden is designed for maximum flavor – taste you literally can’t buy. Garlic – ranges from sweet to peppery to downright hot! If you want garlic scapes, too, be sure to buy “hardneck” varieties. Tomatoes – there are hundreds or thousands of kinds of tomatoes to suit every palate. Every color, every shape, everyContinue reading “Flavor Garden”

Money-Saving Garden

This garden is designed to grow some of the most expensive crops you buy. Sadly, I’m writing for a Michigan audience, so avocados aren’t on the list! But here are some things to try. In April (in southern Michigan), plant these things: Lettuce – surprisingly pricey per pound. Most of the price comes from theContinue reading “Money-Saving Garden”

How to start a garden in a hurry

March 2020, and the US starts to be shut down due to Coronavirus. Even if you’re not officially quarantined at home, you’re not going out much, maybe not drawing a paycheck, and the store shelves look like this: The good news is, this is a perfect time to start a garden in most of theContinue reading “How to start a garden in a hurry”

Vitamin Garden

[Part of the¬†What Should I Grow in my Garden?¬†series] This garden comes closest to the intent of the 1940s Victory Gardens in the US. I hadn’t realized until recently that those gardens were not about growing all your own food – they were designed to free up resources (vegetables, metal, train space, and processing labor)Continue reading “Vitamin Garden”