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Six Reasons to Grow Mache

The first two reasons:

It’s one of the most delicious greens you can find. AND it grows in the winter without protection. Brush back the snow (or chip into the ice) and harvest.

Without considering its other great benefits, those are reasons enough for almost any gardener to want it.

Mache is well known in European countries. It’s available in grocery stores there in […]

Lettuce – An Oak Leaf Variety You Might Want to Try and Why

How many varieties of lettuce do you plant each year? If you’re new to gardening you might just think lettuce is lettuce so why plant more than one kind.

I have a hand full of lettuces that I consider a “must grow” each year. Some are favorites for taste, some for beauty, and some because they endure the cold (with protection). Others are grown […]

Winter Gardening – Conditions That Offer the Best Protection from the Cold

Just a week ago, garden beds were extremely dry. Not a concern for most of the garden because I knew sooner or later the rains would come and all would be well. I was, however, concerned about beds planted with lettuces and other greens that have already required covering for protection from cold temperatures.

Here’s why.

If those beds remained dry and severe cold […]

Being Busy/ Thinking/ and the November garden

All of us are busy. There’s always so much to do.

I never remember a time in my life that I wasn’t busy. (And by the way, I consider marrying Bill the beginning of my life.)

Ideally I like having time to “think” each day. But there are times when all of us get swept up in a wave of work and/or problems that […]

October in My Garden – A Time for Preparation, Harvesting, and Planning.

One of the things I like about living in zone 7 is that it’s possible for me to work outside almost all year except for when the ground is frozen. In years past it seemed to me that was only a week of days at most. These last few years it’s been more like one or two months.

There are a couple of reasons […]

Still Eating Lettuces from Your Garden in January? Or not?

I hope you’re still eating lettuce out of your garden no matter what cold temperatures your area has experienced.

If you’ve tried to winter garden and haven’t been successful I encourage you to keep trying.

Methods of Protection

As much fun as it is to see what a wonderful set up Eliot Coleman has for winter growing on his farm in Maine, I for […]

Winter Gardening – Making it Easier – Air Circulation – Note about Slugs

When first I started winter gardening with hoop tunnels we went the traditional route. It involved

driving sections of rebar into the ground every 4 or 5 feet along the edge of the beds; then bending and fitting the pvc pipe over the rebar remaining above ground to hold the curved pipe in place. The hoops were then stabilized with strong string or twine. […]

Lettuce – A Reminder – Ways to Have a Continual Supply from Fall through Spring

Last week a friend mentioned that she had a red romaine as her fall planted lettuce and it was getting pretty big. She and her husband enjoy kale more than lettuce during the winter, so she’s not really concerned about having that lettuce into Spring.

But her comment reminded me that it might help TMG readers who are lettuce lovers like me, to post […]

Fall Crops – Starting in Flats – Can be a Strategy for Pest Control, Increased Yield, Saving Space and Time

Almost 40 years of gardening and I’m enjoying starting fall crops more than ever this year; mainly because of the benefits I’m enjoying from an adjustment to my usual seed starting and transplanting methods.

How the Adjustment Came About

A couple of weeks ago the first lettuce seeds I’d started for fall had germinated. They were small, but a size good for transplanting if […]

Pick Up Your Free Copy – My Article on Spinach is in It

If you have a Tractor Supply store near you, pick up the fall issue of their free magazine, Out Here, to read my article on growing spinach. I haven’t seen it yet, so I don’t know what the title is. (The editor of the magazine chooses the title.)

By starting spinach now you’ll be able to enjoy it at its very best in the […]