Category Archives: raised beds

Thwarting the birds

Last year, I was overjoyed to begin picking a quart or so every few days from the strawberries I’d planted in the potager.  They were older plants moved from the prior Cook’s Garden at the farm, so were off to … Continue reading

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April review of the Potager

Although it was slow-going early in the month due to continual rain, seeding and planting is caught up for the moment.  The potager has really changed since April began.  Several beds have seeded crops growing, like this one with peas … Continue reading

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Daffodils? That means pea-planting!

  Long before the advent of calendars, farm folk had sayings to help recall when certain chores needed to be done.  I like following many of these old proverbs, because in my experience they are generally more accurate than dates.  … Continue reading

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Last Harvest, First Harvest

Today I dug the very last of the potager’s 2016 crops: “Parisian”carrots.  This is the first time in forty years that I’ve left crops to overwinter in the garden.  Always before, everything not eaten immediately was harvested and canned, frozen, … Continue reading

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What a difference a day makes!

…especially when it is suddenly 89 degrees, after nearly a month of unusually cool 50’s and  60’s!  All through May, the cool weather crops thrived in overcast, chilly days and even cooler nights.  It seemed to rain every other day.  … Continue reading

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The Beet comparison

I’ve mentioned before that I plant radishes (usually French Breakfast) with my slower-germinating seeds as a nurse crop, and because they germinate so quickly, they mark rows to speed mulching.  Mixing radish seed into other small seeds like carrots helps … Continue reading

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Potager update

  We  had amazing April weather here in central Indiana, allowing farmers to get most corn fields planted, and gardeners to do their thing before this current stretch of cool, rainy weather set in to begin May.  I’ve seeded over … Continue reading

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