In addition to the pansies I started last week, I wanted to get a flat of cold tolerant, hardy veg started to see just how early I could get them going. The growing process will be the same as for the pansies: start them in the garage, when they are up stick them under lights … Continue reading Winter Garden Experiment #2: Cold Hardy Veggies
I suppose it's appropriate to be writing this post now, with the snow coming and going and the temps below freezing. So much has been said and written about gardeners retreating to books and seed catalogs during the winter that I can hardly add to the subject myself. But with the prices of books these … Continue reading Growing Your Garden Library on the Cheap
It is becoming a reoccurring theme during the months of December, January, and February for me to try some sort of growing experiment because I'm bored, miss gardening, and want to see if it works. Some are far shots, some have failed, but if I've wasted resources in the process at least I've learned something … Continue reading Winter Garden Experiment #1: Pansies!
I consider 2017 my best year of container gardening (or as I sometimes call it, Deck Farming) to date. Not, mind you, because I produced an epic amount of veg (I certainly didn't) but because of how much I learned, and how well I feel it set me up for this year's gardening escapades. And … Continue reading Deck Farming 2017: Wins and Fails
It was quite a revelation when I discovered that some roses only have five petals per bloom. Having had the image of a red hybrid tea imprinted on my mind from childhood to be what qualified as a rose, I don't think it ever occurred to me that a simplified version existed, which most likely lead to my … Continue reading Rose: Ballerina
Of the roses I received this year, Bill Reid was one that really bloomed its heart out for me, and I praise God for that because this rose carries special sentiment for me. This spring I was scrolling through the High Country Roses online catalog (something, I must confess, that occupied a good bit of my … Continue reading Rose: Bill Reid
I went rose crazy this spring. When I first became interested in gardening I thought I would be focusing mostly on edibles, as the whole homesteading/self-sufficiency thing is very appealing to myself and Mr. Awesome, who comes from an agrarian family. But then catalogs and library books happened, and suddenly I was entranced by the idea … Continue reading Introducing the Roses