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Weekly Garden Update: October 15 Setting up a Raised Bed Hoop House

Gardening in a Wisconsin spring or fall can be downright frustrating. Temperatures fluctuate daily, sometimes hourly. We can go from summer like conditions to chances of frost, freezes or snow in no time; not to mention the winds, rain and hail that may accompany changing conditions. 300 more words

Urban Gardening

House Plant Advice

I am a little bit shocked, I must say, by the fact that house plants are “in” again.

Of course, for me, they never went “out.” I’ve been growing house plants since I was a teenager–which means at least 4 decades. 468 more words


10 Easy Steps to Save Tomato Seeds

Some plants are easier to save seed than others. Tomato seed is easy to collect, but there are a few more steps to getting viable seed than just allowing the seed to try. 679 more words

Vegetable Garden

The Mess is in the Eye of the Beholder

My last two posts have talked about sustainable garden clean up.  What does the garden look like if you do this?

Here’s what you might see under my hydrangeas right now. 126 more words

Backyard Wildlife

Expect the Unexpected

On Friday I talked about what happens when life gets in the way of gardening.  Things like that have happened before: the year the Spoiler broke his ankle and I had gall bladder surgery on the same day (different hospitals) in mid-March there wasn’t a whole lot of gardening that happened that year either. 332 more words

Sustainable Living

What Garden Clean-up?

This time of year,  I start lecturing on “Putting the Garden to Bed.” There’s only one problem with this: I don’t practice what I talk about,  something that I freely admit in my lectures. 184 more words

Sustainable Living

Weekly Garden Update: September 10

Good things come to those who wait…

Hungarian heart ripening

Sun-bathing tomatoes

Ready to slice

Heirloom Hungarian heart

Hungarian heart halved

Ready to eat

Tip of the week: If you are waiting for your tomatoes to ripen and they just are not cooperating, you can pick them while still green and bring them inside.

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Urban Gardening