---, My Harvests
I was amazed to notice today that I had Shitake mushrooms growing on logs I cultured last winter. Wow!! My husband and I drilled lots of little holes and hammered in a lot of mushroom cultures that I bought. Five or six types, each on the type of wood they…
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the first plants in Mom’s garden

---, Mom and Dad's Garden
I planted a bunch of plants in my mother’s garden last Saturday. Lettuce, peas, spinach, arugula, parsley and beets. Then we dragged her very long hose out and watered things in. It’s still pretty cool here, often dropping to low 30’s at night. I haven’t planted anything out in my…
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here is a template garden plan

Planning the Garden
I use PowerPoint to draw up my garden plans. If you have PowerPoint and want to start from a template that I have made, you can download it here: Skippy’s garden plan template. There must be some good, simple garden design apps to recommend and link to here. Please let…
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a new package of honeybees

Honey Bees
  A week and a half ago, Monday, I installed a package of bees in my backyard. I didn’t have honeybees last year, but I missed them buzzing around my vegetable garden. Every year I install the bees wrong, no different this year. The queen comes in a little cage…
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mice in my hoop house

---, Pests & Pathogens
I knew I had a mouse in my hoop house. It was leaving half eaten acorns in some of my plants. Then it started nibbling on the pea seeds in a couple big trays full of pea seedlings. I took the peas up to the house to grow and put…
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incubating chicken eggs

---, Chickens
I bought a very inexpensive incubator and I’m trying to hatch some of my chickens’ eggs. I candled the eggs at days 6, 8, 10, and 15 to make sure they were developing and discarded the ones that weren’t. I added more eggs to fill all the spaces in my…
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Kathy Martin Skippy and Kathy

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days until my ave last spring frost




I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose, I would always greet it in a garden. – Ruth Stout

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