Sunday, June 18, 2017

Old MacDonald Had A Farmer's Market

Just because you have a garden, doesn't mean you can't patronize your local farmer's market(s) every now and then. You never know what you'll find that might strike your fancy. And while we may grow our own, few of us have resources vast enough to even begin cultivating the amazing variety that exists in nature's bounty.

So support your local food providers and take a look at what's available out there. A good place to start would be local newspapers. And of course, there is always the internet.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

No Complaints Here

The months of April and May have been cooler than normal. And while this may be a problem for some, for cool weather plants such as lettuce, those extra days have been a godsend. And those of us who enjoy fresh greens have no complaints at all about that.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Black Gold

Although the term black gold may cause many to think of oil or perhaps The Ballad of Jed Clampett, in gardening it means only one thing, compost. As I removed the cover of my compost container today to add more organic material to the mix, I saw something I had never seen before. White wisps resembling steam rising from the surface of the contents within. It was an indication that the composting process was proceeding as it should and that the past few days of record setting warmth that we have experienced were coming to an end. For only in cooler temperatures could I see this phenomena. And only when the surface of the composting materials had not yet been frozen over by temps below the freezing point of water. All is well. Spring is only about four weeks away, at least as far as the calender is concerned. That's plenty of time to produce more black gold for the garden.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

To Every Thing, Turn, Turn, Turn

Normally at this time of year, the only things I'd be turning with any regularity would be a shovel full of snow and a key in an ignition. However, this year is different. How different? Consider this, yesterday's high in the mid 60s broke a record that had existed since the 1880s. And today, another record was broken when we hit 70. This is definitely not the norm for February here in NWI. As a result, I found myself giving the compost pile a few good turns. Something that would usually have been impossible in late February since most of it would have been a block of ice.

I don't know what Mother Nature has in store for us. But I'm hoping that March won't come in like the lion in winter. Sure, we're bound to get some snow between now and the first day of spring. We need some just to get back to average. Let's hope it won't all come in one day or even one weekend.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Light Reading

Though the dark days of winter may cause distress for some, gardeners can always depend on some light reading to brighten up their waking hours. After all, when the seed catalogs arrive in your mailbox on a regular basis, it's Christmas right through December and up until planting begins in the spring.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The first measurable snowfall of the season has heralded the arrival of Old Man Winter and the official end of the growing season here in NWI. I really can't complain since we had a far warmer November than usual and could still pull produce out of the garden as recently as last week. Nature has been kind this autumn. Let's hope she will be as kind through the days of winter.