A personal record of what's going on in my Northern Michigan zone 4 gardens. I use raised beds and grow organically. Nothing fancy--just trying to garden with nature in mind.

Monday, July 3, 2017

My Absence from Blogging.............

Hello Friends
As some of you have noticed, I have been missing from Blogland. There are several reasons for this
and I thought I better post to let you know. I've had several emails inquiring.

First--as many of you know, my homelife is EVERYTHING to me.    I love this house and our 20  acres.  I have worked many years (10) to get it to where I want it to be--a little sanctuary from the Real World that provides us with good healthy food and more importantly , a place for the wild things.  No pesticides or herbicides, no hunting, no harassment from people.

It has become increasingly difficult to maintain that.  The huge influx of tourists has made it unbearable here.  It is endless parades of dirt bikes and four-wheelers up and down the road, cutting through our property, running over saplings,  endless target practise (hours and hours of it every weekend), fireworks half the night, dogs barking (and barking and barking and barking!). It is a nightmare for two hermits looking for quiet.

Hence, we have been in and out all spring (and now summer!) looking for a new home.  I am not happy about this but  know it is the only option..
This has left me with little time for blogging.  I don't feel right expecting people to read my blog when I don't have the time  to read their blogs or respond to comments, etc.

I miss you all and miss most of all reading your "doings".  I hope to return in the fall and catch up.
Hopefully we will have found a new home by then,

It's amazing to me how much people you have never met in person can become so important....but it's true.  The bloggers I follow are hard working, interesting folks that I've grown very fond of.

In the meantime, thank you so much for your concern. It is truly appreciated. You guys are the best!

July 1 in the vegetable garden,  I may be "gone" most of the time, but I still need my good food! And I cannot emphasize enough the importance of mulch---especially if one MUST be gone all the time. No weeding. No watering.
Mulch mulch mulch, people!!!
: )



Saturday, April 1, 2017

End Of The Month Roundup---March 2017


Greetings all
I'm sure you've all noticed my absence over the past month---we went to Iowa and Nebraska for the month of March to escape winter.  We should have stayed home.  I contracted the flu on the way OUT, and spent the entire time in Nebraska ill, as I ended up morphing that flu into pneumonia.. I"m glad we had a house rental, as dealing with that in a hotel would have been a nightmare.

We got home a few days ago, and it's still cold and drizzly and miserable, but it's HOME and when you feel lousy, it's the best place on earth.

It felt so good to meander out to the garden to take photos.  Hubby calls me Jihad Jane---as I am bundled in a face mask and hooded coat.  Laugh all you want, dear man......at least I am OUTSIDE!!!

There is  lots of clean-up to be done and hopefully over the course of the next month my endless list
will start to get whittled down.
Garlic starting to peek through the straw

West Side of Garden looking north towards the older blueberry bushes

Lots of clean-up work ahead

Getting ready to set up cold frames



New Blueberry patch came through it's first winter healthy

East Flower border---lots of cleanup needed

I've been working at catching up with your blogs.  I've missed you all so much. Can't wait to
see what you've all been up to.

Happy Spring!




Thursday, January 19, 2017

2017 Winter Sowing, Seed Orders, and Garden Plans


Dec 22--WINTER SOWED--Trays covered in plastic, set in my "shop" to freeze/thaw/freeze/thaw....
                                    Agastache cana--gift from my son
                                    Aster-New England (from Seed Saver's Exchange visit)
                                    Aster-Pale Pink from saved seed-Wildcat Hills, Nebraska
                                    Echinacea-saved seed from garden
                                    Echinops--saved seed from garden
                                    Gaura-lindheimeri    White butterfly (gift packet from a neighbor)
                                    Foxglove-Giant Spotted (from Seed Saver's Exchange visit)
                                    Helianthus--saved seed from Toadstool Geologic Park--Nebraska
                                    Lupine-pink and white--saved seed from garden
                                    Queen Annes' lace -saved seed from Lucas Road

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                           SEED ORDERS FOR 2017  Budgeted---$100   Spent--$113

I thought I would be under budget this year for seeds (and I was........but then.....)
I ended up going over $13.  I'm facing facts that it is time to raise the seed budget. I've had the same amount for the past 10 years.  Some seeds are now close to $4 a pack.  I still consider that a bargain, given the quantity of fresh, healthy, ORGANIC food that garden gives us.  It literally saves thousands on the grocery bill.

So next year--the seed budget goes to $125.


Pinetree Seeds: Placed Order  12/16/16       Received 12/22/16
                       Basil, Blue Spice
                       Marigold-Lemon Gem
                       Pumpkin-Howden
                       Summer Squash-Golden Zebra
                       Winter Squash--Butterscotch (Isn't that name wonderful!!)
                       Tomato-Gold Nugget
                       Tomato-Black Cherry
                       Tomato-Pink Bumblebee---who wouldn't want to grow something that sounds so cute?
                     
Fedco Seeds     Placed Order 12/16/16      Received  January 6, 2017
                       Broccoli-Green Super
                       Brussels Sprouts-Gustus
                       Bush Bean-Blue Lake 274
                       Corn-Ambrosia Sweet Corn
                       Kale-Vates Dwarf
                       Mache-Verte de Cambrai
                       Pea-Super Sugar Snap
                       Pepper-Green-Revolution
                       Spinach-Space
                       Tomato-Prudens Purple,  Sungold,  Supersweet 100
                       Zucchini-Cocozelle
                 

Johnny's Selected Seeds   Placed Order January 6 ,2017     Received  January 17, 2017
                      Glacier Cherry Tomato (growing for neighbor)
                      Gold Nugget Cherry Tomato  (growing for neighbor)
                      Mokum carrot-pelleted  (1000ct)
                      Salvia- Marble Arch Mix
                      Cosmos-Cupcake Mix
                      Lunchbox Mini Bell Pepper (growing for neighbor)

Territorial Seeds   Placed order January 9, 2017    Received  January 17, 2017
                      Alyssum Mulberry Mix
                      Zinnia Starlight Rose
                      Zinnia Zahara Double Strawberry
                      Zinnia Art Deco Mix

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                                               GARDEN PLANS 2017
            Please remember--I don't draw in the aisles between the beds, but it's there in real life!
              I outlined in red where spaces should be.
           Tentative planting dates are shown.  Carrots (3 beds) staggered for a steady supply

The Raised Beds---Don't forget---there's spaces between those beds!!!

West portion of garden--Regular "in ground" beds