Garden Redesign!

| January 15, 2015

As we sat down this past weekend to begin planning out our garden, it occurred to us that the way we had been growing was super inefficient. We had paths everywhere and medium sized beds mixed with small 2 foot by 2 foot beds and so forth. Plus we hadn’t really documented where we had […]

What’s Growing At Sheltering Woods – 5-29-14

| May 29, 2014

Things have really greened up and exploded here at Sheltering Woods during the month of May. We have been super busy planting and mulching and dealing with the everyday. Our purple kohlrabi is really doing well this year! We leave the clover there since it fixes nitrogen into the soil. We didn’t get much last […]

Garden Expansion – East Side

| May 1, 2014

Last night I worked outside after work for about 3 hours until dinner time expanding our main garden on the east side. Despite it being cold, wet and miserable the past week or so, once I got working I warmed right up! We’re planning to plant our sweet peas there (probably tonight) along the fence, […]

Mulching In Hot Weather

| July 17, 2013

Now that July has bared its toasty teeth one of the most important things your plants need is ground moisture. When temps are in the 90s or higher, most plants will do most of their growing if given enough water, but this is also when water evaporates the quickest. In fact, you can see water […]

How to Make Seed Tags

| March 10, 2013

It is getting to be that time of year when we start planting our first seeds. We spent the day planting out over a dozen varieties of flowers and in the process we discovered we had no way of labeling which plots of seeds we had planted. So we got a little clever. If you […]

Muncher Cucumber, Tomato and Pepper Seedlings

| April 4, 2012

I am very happy to say that we had an excellent germination rate for all of out tomatoes. Every single one came up, from what I can tell! They are all growing happily under our grow lights and are not bolting up like last year, due to lack of light. Our muncher cucumbers had a […]

Protecting the Trees and Garden From Deer/Rabbits

| April 2, 2012

We have been very fortunate when it comes to avoiding deer and rabbit damage in our garden. Last year, it took about 2 weeks until they found our newly planted plum trees, and then they only stripped the one tree, and never came back. They did eat some of my wife’s flowers, but not excessively. […]

Milano Onion and Falltime Leek Seedlings

| March 31, 2012

When our onion and leek seeds came up, I totally forgot to post about it..but they are up! The leeks had a very nice germination rate, at well over 90% coming up. The onions were a bit less, hovering around 50%, which is very sad to me. At least we have some coming up, so […]

Radish and Lettuce Seedlings

| March 29, 2012

Our radish and lettuce seedlings have come up! They were up almost a week ago, actually, but I never got around to posting about it. The radishes came up very nice, as you can see. Nearly all of them came up. We are going to be swimming in radishes! The lettuce on the other hand, […]

Planting Chard, Kale and Beets

| March 28, 2012

It is the season for planting cool season crops, and we are going in full steam. I have never planted cool season crops in a deliberate way before. I usually just planted and hoped that things grew, rather than planning what I plant, when I plant it and how I plant it. This year marks […]