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VEGarden: Now Mobile

It’s nothing terribly fancy – but our garden blog is now optimized for your mobile viewing pleasure!

VEGarden - responsive mobile/tablet friendly website design by Iceberg Web Design

VEGarden – responsive mobile/tablet friendly website design by Iceberg Web Design

Now, I just need to get a cell phone with a better camera so I can post pictures directly from the garden as well.

We had an absolutely beautiful weekend, with temperatures reaching nearly 80. I managed to seed peas, carrots, spinach, beets, lettuce, and radicchio! It looks like we have another cold snap ahead this week, but I’m glad I was finally able to work the ground a bit. We’re more than a month behind last year’s garden, so we have a lot of catching up to do!



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Let the Garden Planning Begin!

I should be working…but it’s a beautiful sunny day and spring is fast approaching. So, my inner dork is taking over for a few minutes.

2012 Garden Mock-up in Excel

I know some of you do the same thing (I’ve seen you admit it!), so hopefully this will be appreciated. This is a very rough first draft. I’m planning on planting sweet corn this year, which takes up a lot of space.

I’m also planning on cutting *way* back on the number of tomatoes that I put in. I love heirloom tomatoes, but we have had so many problems with blight, that I think this year I am just going to purchase some blight-resistant hybrid varieties at the greenhouse up the road. I’ll probably pick up my peppers and some of the cole crops there, too. I love starting seeds inside, but we have a lot going on this spring (and I have some big business development plans as well). It’s a lot of work starting everything inside.

One of our goals for the near future is to get a greenhouse set up. Something just big enough to start seedlings in.



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New Compost Bin

Compost bin made out of 1x4 and 1x6 boards

Last weekend I was getting kind of sick of our composting system (piling up compost behind the garden and blocking it off with skids so that Puck won’t eat it), and so I built this. It is made out of untreated 1×4 and 1×6 pine boards. Chris treated it with linseed oil after it was built. I picked up the boards in the standard/less than perfect pile for next to nothing at Menard’s last Saturday.

I’ve been neglecting our blog a bit because I’ve been very busy working… and also, we are planning a kitchen remodel this month! This means that during prime canning and freezing time, we won’t have a working kitchen in our house. Hmm. Not sure if that will be an issue or not.

I finally ripped out all of my zucchini plants, and planted peas where they were. Hopefully we’ll have sugar snap peas in September and October, if the frost holds off long enough!



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Mid-Summer

cauliflower

I’ve been incredibly busy with work, and the garden seems to change faster than I have time to spend in it!

We have cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, potatoes, beans … and by the time 5:00 roles around, all I want to do is crack open a cold beer and not think about making dinner. I’m going to try and make scalloped turnips tonight – but I think we might be out of soy milk. I’ll take some pictures and post the recipe when I do!
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Will Update.

So, we moved.

Across the state.

I’m sorry that it has been so long since I’ve posted here! Pictured above is our new garden, on our new one-acre lot. We have already planted carrots, lettuce, spinach, chard, peas, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and onions. Since we *live* on this property, I am sure this garden will be much more bountiful than the one-acre garden we semi-maintained in 2007.

Life gets in the way of things, some times. Hopefully I will have time this spring and summer to post some garden pictures and write a bit. The site needs a major software update and design rehaul; I’ve been busy making websites that pay the bills, so unfortunately this one kind of got shoved aside.

Check back. I promise to be more diligent about our VEGarden.



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