Let’s rebuild our cities for us and nature

I may have disappeared from blogging off and on this past year which is a privilege us bloggers can enjoy at times since even when we withdraw the stories remain. Us humans have the opportunity to step out and miss work or close down a company and take a break from our life. Nature can…

Changes coming to Palm Rae Urban Potager blog for 2018

I started this blog 8 yrs ago, and I have attempted to keep up to date, over the years with what is going on in my Modern day-Urban Potager. I have enjoyed all the people I have met through blogging.  Sadly, some of them have quit blogging, no longer post, or have passed away. I never…

Kale survived record-breaking cold unprotected!

Kale was the first plant I started to grow in our Urban Potager 10 yrs ago.  I am planting more kale this spring. I have been experimenting with growing food in the winter months within our zone 5 garden for a decade. It keeps evolving as to what I do as I  learn and observe…

Eat Dirt!

Yes, the new advice is to eat dirt for it provides many of the health benefits our bodies crave and need. You could go out and scoop up dirt from your yard and eat it, but I would not advise it. LOL. I doubt you would die, but there is a connection to the soil our…

How to create a perfect red pepper

I love red peppers, and the past decade I have been on a quest to find the sweetest red pepper that would turn “red” in our garden before frost hit. Our Midwest weather is not the best for peppers. Maybe it works out for those that live in a very sunny location without buildings or…

Muir Batavian Lettuce is a perfect answer to your bolting summer lettuce

  I live in an area of the USA that has fluctuating summer temperatures. Who doesn’t these days, right? This summer we have fall-like weather in July, August, and September and in spring it was summer weather.  Go figure? It seems you can’t count on our weather lately to behave predictably. There are other summers, unlike this one…

Inside Out this summer

It has been a crazy summer again. The inside is getting a long overdue updating. We had all our top flooring torn out and replaced by an eco-friendly product which hopefully will be the last time this flooring will have to be done. We waited for 17  yrs to replace these 40 + year old floors. If…

Dwarf Snow Peas perfect for small gardens!

  I have grown snow peas off and on throughout the past decade in our Urban Potager, but in recent years, I have been battling the critters. I have started them in every possible place you can think of, and the small birds, bunnies, or chipmunks keep destroying or damaging my crops. The little pea plants…