Did you ever suffer from a garden slump?

I have this summer; I just couldn’t get myself motivated to get out in the garden and take pictures or get excited about anything. It started in early spring with the repairing of our flat roof. It was supposed to be a simple job but turned into the “never-ending story” of home repair. We are…

Historical Pansies are a healthy addition to your spring salad!

I can’t imagine a spring salad without historic pansies gracing my plate.,,, I have been growing old-fashioned  pansies (historic pansy growing with Chard 2014) in our Urban Potager for many years. I have grown a variety of other pansies. and the colors and faces could never compete with these dainty beauties.I usually pair them with my…

The most important part of our gardens are the people

 This week in the Midwest we have been experiencing terrible spring weather which brings damaging high winds and sometimes tornadoes. I have lived all my life in the midwest of the USA, and tornado watches are part of spring, but the last few years, and maybe it is because of the media it just seems there…

Pole beans are one of the best vegetables for small spaces!

I have been growing pole beans for many years, and never encountered any problems with critters in our Urban Potoger bothering them, but this year I started pole beans 5 times! The tops were eaten just when they were about to attach to vertical supports this year. I was so frustrated and just about ready to…

Lemon Cucumbers

The last few years I have been trying different vegetables in our zone 5 gardens to see which are more resistant to disease and able to hold up to pests.  I have grown cucumbers for years, but often times I have a problem with cucumber beetles that I have to “hand-pick”  every morning. This year…