As we plan this year's garden, we are also looking towards the permanent, accessible garden beds we plan to make, both near the house, and in the outer yard. The satellite image I used to plan things out for this year's gardening was cropped from an image that included the outer yard and beyond. Looking … Continue reading Gardening beyond the inner yard: what do you think?
Well, it was time to throw in the towel on some of our seed starts. The bunching onions in the small fish tank never recovered from the cats being able to get at them, there were mold issues, and watering problems. At least with those, we still had seeds left and could start more. The … Continue reading Our 2021 Garden; cutting our losses, and planning plots
Little bitty sprooooots actually showed up a couple of days ago, but they were so tiny, I didn't bother trying to take a picture through the glass of the tank. So far, only the Spoon tomatoes have started to show, not the Mosaic mix, though some of the bunching onions emerged even earlier. I unpacked … Continue reading Our 2021 Garden: we have tomato babies!
A while back, I used a satellite image to plan where we could plant our garden this year. Getting a gasp of dimensions was difficult on this, though, but at least it could be used as a guide. Things need to be pretty flexible at this point, anyhow. With the snow clearing away, we have … Continue reading Our 2021 Garden: plotting
As we acquire the tools and supplies we'll need to preserve the bounty we hope to have from our garden this year, we have been picking up canning supplies and the materials do to water bath canning. We also want to can low acid foods, and were on the lookout for a pressure canner. My … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: The Pressure is On!
Yes! We managed to resist temptation, and not start the tomatoes too early. 😀 After a fair bit of research, plus an evaluation of our cat-safe spaces, I chose to start our tomatoes using the "double cup" method. I'd already picked up a large package of the red beer cups, and those were the types … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: starting tomatoes, and onion follow up
As the temperatures have gotten warmer and the snow melts away, I've been able to expand my morning rounds. Today, I was able to reach the barn and a shed near it, for the first time in months. I had a purpose in mind. One of the things we have found all over the place, … Continue reading Our 2021 Garden: solution found… maybe?
In choosing garden seeds this year, we kept a lot of things in mind. Choosing food that we'll actually eat, choosing foods for long term storage, choosing foods we would eat more of, if they were more affordable at the grocery store, and choosing foods just for the fun or challenge of it. One of … Continue reading Our 2021 Garden: our Morado mystery
I needed to divert myself with positive thinking, and what better way to do that than to think of gardening! Also, I am striving mightily to NOT start those tomatoes yet, so sitting here and writing about starting them is keeping me from starting them. 😀 I will explain shortly. First, I went through the … Continue reading Our 2021 Garden: getting organized
Last night, while checking on the onion seedlings, I decided it was time to lower the shallot and bulb union seedlings in the big tank. The seedling tips were looking a little dried out, likely because they were getting too close to the warmth of the light fixture. Doing that required removing the trays and … Continue reading Our 2021 Garden: leveling down, and unrelated destruction