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Author: Lark

I am a passionate gardener that has learned through trial and error. Gardening is in my blood. Sister, Mom and Dad have been my teachers. I have been perennial gardening at my present home in 1995. I am quite artsy and like the element of surprize and whimsey. Gardening on a budget is my speciality. I have been in a few magazines, Better Homes and Gardens (Sept.2010)is the lastest. I consult, lecture and teach basic gardening. Tips, techniques and tours are part of my daily routine during the gardening season. I hope you have fun with my forum.
PERENNIAL COTTAGE GARDEN and VEGGIE GARDEN CLEAN UP

PERENNIAL COTTAGE GARDEN and VEGGIE GARDEN CLEAN UP

PERENNIAL COTTAGE GARDEN and VEGGIE GARDEN CLEAN UP ***VIDEO***

Hi friends. Please join me in a walk around the gardens. Here in southeastern Wisconsin it is now down in the low thirties at night. BRRRRRRRR

Maybe you might enjoy checking out my YouTube channel featuring my gardens through the last 8 years. Click on the article to view the video.

LAST PLANTING OF 2017

LAST PLANTING OF 2017

The week of Halloween is when I do my garlic planting. It is challenging to find the perfect place to plant my garlic taking into consideration that you need to rotate crops, the sunniest spot and of course fertile, loose, well drained soil. My small vegetable garden area is on the west side of my house. Only about ten feet from the house. Which means the house casts a big shadow most of the day until mid June. High Summer it gets as much as 10 hours of sun. This is the only chosen spot available that my hubby and I agree on.

I separate the cloves from the big bulb and use only the largest cloves for planting. You could use all the cloves but the smaller the clove planted, the smaller your next year’s bulb harvest will be. LARGER CLOVE, LARGER BULB HARVEST. Place clove 4” deep, tip side up, flat root side down and about 5” apart. Cover with soil. Water them in.

Here in Wisconsin, zone 5, I put about 10” chopped leaves and grass clippings as a mulch. Garlic might grow and show its greens. Don’t worry it will be fine and come back next year in Spring. Around the end of May I push aside what mulch has not decomposed, exposing the new little plants. As the plants get bigger I push the mulch back around the plant. The decomposing leaves and grass clippings are feeding the worms and the worms are feeding the garlic. WIN, WIN. Worms are happy and so am I. :0)

2017 garlic harvest was GREAT. Even got to eat the ‘garlic scapes’ (garlic going into bloom). YUMMY! I used mine in stir fries. If you don’t want to eat the scapes, you still need to cut them off. If you leave them on and they go to flower, your garlic bulbs will be small. You want all the plants energy to go to the blub, not to making flowers.

So if you want to give it a try, do so with confidence. You can just purchase some ORGANIC garlic and plant away.

NO LETTUCE SALAD

NO LETTUCE SALAD

NO LETTUCE SALAD

I love eating salads. Growing and forging all my greens. The darker the green and the deeper the reds are great ways to add nutrition to your diet along with all the fiber. When forging for greens I use the younger leaves, they are more tender. Flowers are another free source of vitamins and nutrients. Beautiful and edible. Adding chia and raw pumpkin seeds kick it up a few notches. Asiago or feta cheese to top it off. YUMMY! Sometimes I also add salmon or chicken. These are the greens I used in this salad. Japanese red mustard, beet leaves, kale, dandelion, chickweed, lamb’s quarters, plantain, broccoli leaves, purslane and red amaranth. The flowers are Japanese red mustard, nasturtium, cilantro, borage, dill, and calendula. So pretty.

Of course make sure you get your wild greens from areas that do not spray pesticides or other chemicals.

Of course make sure you get your wild greens from areas that do not spray pesticides or other chemicals.

TTTT – TEA TIME TUESDAY TOUR

TTTT – TEA TIME TUESDAY TOUR

TTTT – TEA TIME TUESDAY TOUR

During my gardening season here in Wisconsin, zone 5, I am making weekly videos. They are titled TTTT – TEA TIME TUESDAY TOUR. They are located on my YouTube channel.

Here is a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5skLKXtVOF0 to my latest gardening video. There are more that preceded this video. Please join me in my tours to see the latest blooms and harvests.

Enjoy my friends.
Smiles,
Lark

SPRING THAW – HEAT WAVE

SPRING THAW – HEAT WAVE

SPRING THAW – HEAT WAVE

Here in southeastern Wisconsin this week’s temps have been in the high 60’s F. We all know this will not last BUT it sure is like taking a vacation to a warmer climate. I have REALLY, REALLY been enjoying the sunshine. My daily yoga has been done on our south facing deck. I love the positive effects this weather has on my mind, body and Spirit. BUT I also know that it is not a positive thing for our planet. I do my best as far as helping Mother Earth recovery from so many bad things. I do want future generations to have what I have had in my life time.

My onion seeds are growing nicely. I have them outside on the deck during the day and in the house at night. Today I will go down to the hoop house and plant a few cold weather seeds. I have the time and the seeds, so I will give it a try. I will first mix some worm poop into the first few inches of the container soil and premoisten the soil before sowing the seed. I’ll let you know how this works out. The weather is going to be back down to our normal temps this week end. Possible SNOW. That is how it is in Wisconsin. I will be starting a few tomatoes and peppers soon. I’ll keep you posted.

Thank you for visiting me. Hopefully you can be starting your plants too. May love and kindness be in your day.