Archived Monthly Posts

Seeds Started-First Day of Spring

Welcome to the “official” first day of spring!! Lettuce seeds were started indoors on 3/14 and all of those have since germinated and were moved outside to the cold frame.  Seeds of broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, celery, and kohlrabi were started indoors yesterday, 3/19.  I am growing kohlrabi for the first time this year.  I […]

Cold Frame is Up, Starting Seeds Soon

I set-up my cold frame out in the garden yesterday, March 9th.  I think the weather has FINALLY turned more March like and the extended forecast also looks good.  Most of the snow has melted away, but now I have a backyard full of mud which my chickens love :-).  I will be starting lettuce, […]

January Harvest of Carrots and 2015 Seed Ordering

I harvested the fall planted carrots on January 4th, just before the really cold weather set in (see pics below).  I had a decent harvest from this small 3 foot by 2 foot area.  The carrots were growing under a small plastic covered hoop house constructed with flexible polypipe.  The carrots are really sweet when […]

Spring Harvest Update-Time for Fall Seed Starting

Wow, a lot has happened in the garden since my last blog update of a month ago.  Broccoli harvesting started on June 9th.  The heads were a little smaller than normal, but I still had a decent harvest overall with more side shoots still coming on.  The harvest on the Mr. Big peas started on […]

Garden 100% Planted

My Garden is now fully 100% planted.  Corn was planted on May 3, 9 celery plants on or about May 4, six Roma tomato plants were planted on May 4, peppers on May 5, and King of the Garden lima beans on May 6, 8 cucumber seedlings on or about May 10 along with bush […]

Onions, Peas, and Radish Planted - Rain Galore

Radish and pea seeds were sown about one week ago. Received my onion plants from Dixondale about 5 days ago and then it proceeded to rain heavily for 2 days. The garden soil is still very wet, but I went ahead and planted out the onion plants today in the mud (see picture […]

Spring is Here, Cold Fame is Up, Starting Seeds Soon

I am hopeful that spring is finally here (knock on wood). Most of the snow here in Central Indiana has melted so I put up my cold frame today and will start some lettuce seeds indoors in a few days. In about another five days I will start broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and […]

Explosive Broccoli Growth, Rainy Weather

Wow, the garden has really taken off, especially the broccoli.  I have never had broccoli grow so fast in my 22 plus years of gardening (see side by side picture below).  I am not sure if it was all of the April rain or maybe just the organic fertilizer that caused such explosive growth.  Most […]

Spring Garden Completely Planted – Lettuce Growing Like Crazy

The spring garden has now been completely planted with the planting of bush green beans and the pole lima beans about one week ago. The tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and celery were transplanted out into the garden on May 13th and 14th. My Juwel cold frame was taken down and stored away for another year. The […]

April Garden Growing Slowly, Too Much Rain and Cold

The April garden is growing slowly right now, probably due to all of the rain and colder than normal temperatures.  The soil is pretty much saturated right now, but the good news is the weather forecast is calling for warmer temperatures into the 70’s, with just a chance of some scattered rain (hopefully nothing too […]