It's warm enough now that I wanted to start hardening off my plants and evicted them from my closet. Of course, the smallest ones stayed under the grow lights because they're just babies, but the big ones? Especially the tomatoes? Out you go! On the left bottom, the rocks holding it in place. In the … Continue reading Moved My Plants Into the Greenhouse
Garden update time! I seeded six of my seven GreenStalk planters. The nice part was that I could sit in a chair or stand to do most of the work. I used wax pencils to write on them. Varying colors depending on the planter. The wax pencil is holding up to the rain and watering … Continue reading I Have Seeded the GreenStalks!
Because the top of the wood box my husband made is particle board for now, he painted it to resist the weather a bit better. And then, he went through our wood pile of wood and brush and broke it down! The big, useful-but-won't-fit bits are to the side. Look how neatly it fits: Here's … Continue reading Updates on the Wood Box
My compost thermometer finally arrived, and you KNOW I immediately upon unboxing ran outside and tested my straw bales. These ones, as a reminder: Anywho, they were ALL over 100 degrees, and two topped out at the goal temperature of 140 degrees! They're peaking, so as they cool a little I'll be able to plant … Continue reading 140 Degrees for the WIN!
My apricot trees are blooming! Yay! They're blooming way to early! Not so yay. So, send some well wishes to the weather that we don't get a hard frost. Because I'd actually like fruit this year. Please be nice, Wisconsin weather!
The first three green stalks are up and ready! The brown ones are leafs and the white one is an original. Up close, you can see how the planting areas nest: I have four more to fill, and I have to clear the existing beds, but then I'll be ready to plant once it warms … Continue reading Setting Up for Spring!
The straw bales we ended up with were huge. Ridiculously huge. And it was immediately obvious that when they started to break down they were going to make a huge mess. So, we wrapped them in chicken wire! Which, I'm sure my UPS driver hates me. We had tires delivered the other week as well … Continue reading We Have Contained the Straw Bales!
This year, I'm straw bale gardening, because I want to grow a TON of potatoes. You know, because End of the World, and I like potatoes. My plan was straightforward: Buy straw balesEnlist help for physical labor.Pick up straw bales.Place straw bales.Condition straw.Profit.Me. And it was a disaster from the start. First, I could NOT … Continue reading Straw Bale Disaster
I have a greenhouse. It's shiny, and new, and I've been super excited about it, especially since the greenhouse I had last year BLEW AWAY while I was out of town. So basically this: Super stoked about this. Gonna put ALL my plants in this. Enter Wisconsin weather in the spring. There I was, minding … Continue reading In Which I Am Assaulted By a Greenhouse
You might remember, that I had a small greenhouse before. One that took off into the wild blue yonder during a windstorm when I wasn't home. So... here's try number two. I staked this bad boy to the ground with ~30 stakes, zip tied the pieces together to keep the wind from tugging them apart, … Continue reading Greenhouse Attempt #2 and Garden Prepping