Quack Grass Horror! Invasion of the Soil Snatchers!

Spread that Eurasian Love Around One of the wild plants that we can’t say enough swear-words about is the undesirable weed from Europe and Asia called in the Latin, Elymus repens, or in the vulgar tongue, “The @#$!@ plant that ate my garden!” Or just plain Quack Grass, for you non-gardeners who would rather not…

The winter cold frame: Update

The winter cold frame I wasn’t sure how the greens would look after the 12°F cold nights we’ve been having. But, I was pleasantly surprised. Winter greens I am happy to report that the greens are still going strong after the cold 12°F. They could use a little water, which I plan to supply. And…

What to Grow in a Northern Fall Garden: In October

The fall garden I am just not ready to give up the garden. It is October and the farmers and gardeners around me are turning over the soil and putting their gardens to bed for the winter. Just the other night the temperature dipped down to 23°F. But, nestled in their cozy beds, my plants…

Radish mini challenge: #2 Daikon radish with Culantro

Daikon radish Daikon radish is not a new radish to us. It is actually one of our favorites. It is a mild tasting radish, easy to snack on. The kids like it raw and pickled, or served in soups and salads, and with veggie dip. I think its a favorite because it is nice and…

Bush cherries and Cherry trees: Ripening fruit

The cherries are getting ripe! As we get close to the time for the Traverse City Cherry festival, we have been checking all the cherry trees for ripe fruits. There have been a few ripe cherries each day and several more on the way. Our tree cherries are getting ripe, but so are the bush…

Baby apples!

Scarlet surprise Prarie spy Golden delicious Baby apples Scarlet surpise, Prarie spy, and Golden delicious apples are three of our apple trees in the orchard that are starting to produce this year! The first 2 varieties are not so easy to find at the store. And Golden delicious apples are delicious, in applesauce especially. I…

Radish mini challenge: #1 The Cincinnati radish

In the effort to increase diversity, one mini challenge is to pick different varieties of the vegetables that we eat all the time. So, we have the Radish mini challenge. Our first radish of the challenge: the cincinnati radish. It is a red icicle type radish, and we are going to use it in salad….