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Slowly, But Surely

March 31st, 2016

All those seeds I purchased last fall and stratified for months in the fridge are finally starting to germinate. I have three tiny osage orange seedlings and one Dutchman’s Pipe that has germinated so far.
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I’m still waiting on three more varieties to germinate, hopefully they will soon. Some of the varieties I started can take up to 3 months to germinate. One thing I love about gardening is this exact thing, someday, when these osage orange trees are big, I’ll remember the tiny seed emerging from feta cheese container that I kept in the fridge over the winter. It’s so fun to try germinating different types of seeds to see what happens.

Have you started any interesting trees/vines from seed in the past?

A Nice Window

February 4th, 2016

It’s been a little warm here the past few days, our blanket of snow has melted and the ground can be worked. It’s the perfect time to broadcast a few seeds for cold tolerant varieties like arugula, cilantro, mustard, and a few other things. Winter will return, in fact we’re supposed to get snow tomorrow and next week it will once again be in the single digits. These seeds don’t care, they will wait and spring forth when they’re ready.
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They won’t germinate as quickly as they do when the soil is warmer, but they’ll germinate when the conditions are right and I’ll have a much earlier crop that I would have if I had waited.
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I’m also going to be seeding a flat of lettuce, which is something I do every year. I find that having a flat of greens ready to go into the ground in spring gives me a jump on the season and has me harvesting greens for my table at least a month if not 6 weeks before direct seeded crops. I love having things ready to plant as soon as the ground is ready. This winter has been fairly mild, which means my overwintered spinach is thriving and should start growing as soon as conditions improve in a month or so.

What are you doing in the garden this weekend?

GRLT Garden Tour #4

July 22nd, 2015

We’re on to the next garden in the George River Land Trust garden tour series. This was a small garden, very typical of what most of us probably have and work in. It was well done, with lots of interesting details. There were lots of edible plants tucked in throughout, the owners enjoy providing vegetables for their own table.
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I particularly loved the typical shake siding with the light blue door, such a fantastic combo. The greenhouse on the back deck made from sliding glass doors was also fantastic. Mr Chiots and I paid particular attention to this since we have been collecting doors to build one for our garden.

What do you like about this garden?

Visiting Chanticleer

June 15th, 2015

Yesterday we visited Chanticleer garden, it was very nice. Not as grand as Longwood, but very nice, and still quite amazing. Here are a few photos from my phone, I don’t have enough storage on my laptop to download all the real images.
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We spent a few hours walking around the gardens and then grabbed our packed lunches from the car and sat in the cool shade of a giant oak tree for over an hour, relaxing and enjoying the garden just for what it was meant to be. If you’re ever in the Philly area, I highly recommend visiting. More photos to come after I get back to Maine and can look through the ones on my camera.

Do you have a place to sit the cool shade in your garden?

Friday Favorite: This Knife

June 12th, 2015

I used to used my kitchen knives to harvest in the garden, then I heard someone recommend this Victorinox Serrated Harvest Knife and I decided to buy one. It quickly became one of my favorite tools. The red handle makes it easy to spot if you drop it, even in thick plants. The $9.95 price makes it very inexpensive compared to my kitchen knife, when I bought mine, many years ago, it was only $4, but now it comes with a nice sheath.
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This little knife is also super sharp, it will cut through the toughest rhubarb stalks and it harvests asparagus like a dream. I’ve had mine for years and it’s just as sharp as when I got it. Overall, I’m super happy with this knife and highly recommend it!

Do you have a special knife you use for harvesting?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but just recently moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine.

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