And this is an “off” year for gardening?

I’ve had a feeling that my home gardens are not doing so well this year. It’s fitting, then, to take a look at what they’ve produced thus far. This is a bunch of spring onions I harvested back in June. I’ve had about seven onions thus far. More recently, I think that one onion plantContinue reading “And this is an “off” year for gardening?”

Spring onions!

Last year, our neighbor Tina gave us some onion seedlings for our new backyard victory gardens. I planted them, and they grew well. I gave a bunch to Tina, and we enjoyed the rest. After the last one was harvested, I figured they were done, and forgot about them. Then in March or April ofContinue reading “Spring onions!”

Planting the gardens for the 2010 growing season

So then, most of our five (or six or seven or…) gardens are now planted. Really, I think I still have a bunch of space in two of my 4×8 foot beds. Maybe even three. I’ve been so pulled away by other things this year that I haven’t given my gardens very much thought. That said, I haveContinue reading “Planting the gardens for the 2010 growing season”

The 2nd Annual Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz draws near!

The Victory Garden Blitz is back for another year of garden building and food growing! It was the Blitz that gave us great garden beds at our house, such as these raised beds: With either seeds or seedlings, and a layer of mulch added on top to keep the water in and the weeds out,Continue reading “The 2nd Annual Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz draws near!”

Gov. Doyle signs the “Pickle Bill”

My friends in the urban ag scene are very happy that Wisconsin Assembly Bill 229, known as the “Pickle Bill” or the “Pickle Law” (link to PDF) has been signed into law. This allows a person to make limited sale (less than $5,000 per year) of home-canned food such as pickles at farmer’s markets, churchContinue reading “Gov. Doyle signs the “Pickle Bill””

Growing Power’s Urban & Small Farm Conference, Sept 10-12, 2010

Thanks to the iconic Sweet Water Organics and Growing Power, Milwaukee is quickly becoming known as a center for urban gardening and urban farming. That’s to say nothing of the numerous community gardens and microfarms that are springing up all around town. Here’s Growing Power’s text about the conference: Come to Milwaukee and help growContinue reading “Growing Power’s Urban & Small Farm Conference, Sept 10-12, 2010”

Mini-greenhouses at the side of the house: why not?

This is a great idea: make simple cold frames or mini-greenhouses along the side of your house. It makes otherwise idle space into possible food-growing space. I’ve been fairly idle on this front lately, what with focusing on my last semester at college. And the cold autumn hampered everything. But having a cold frame overContinue reading “Mini-greenhouses at the side of the house: why not?”

The almost-final harvest of 2009 is in the house

As mentioned previously, with tbe approaching frost comes the need to bring the last crops in from the gardens, save for the brussels sprouts, carrots, and potatoes. Well, we did that today. We brought in many green tomatoes, broccoli, hot and sweet peppers, more green tomatoes, (tiny) cucumbers, a big batch of beans, and stillContinue reading “The almost-final harvest of 2009 is in the house”

Mein Kartoffelgarten, my potato garden

Acting on a whim a few months ago, I buried some potatoes that had grown sprouts. Two went into buckets, and the third into a tire that was filled with dirt.Here’s how it looked: I reckon that most of us probably have never seen what a potato plant looks like when as grows. Before this,Continue reading “Mein Kartoffelgarten, my potato garden”

Yet another food recall, this time romaine lettuce

The AP reports that “a major California lettuce grower has recalled about 22,000 cartons of romaine lettuce over concerns that the product may be tainted with salmonella.” A lettuce recall also happened in 2006, albeit then it was due to concerns over E. coli contamination. This is one thing I don’t have to worry about,Continue reading “Yet another food recall, this time romaine lettuce”