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Gardening 2011

by Robinson

Scott and I worked in the garden all afternoon. We planted the tomato seedlings (‘Black Cherry,’ ‘Orange Strawberry,’Brandywine,’ ‘Flamme’), pepper seedlings (‘Wisconsin Lakes,’ Jalapeno ‘Traveler Strain,’ Sweet Banana Peppers, ‘Gypsy’), tomatillo seedlings (‘Purple de Milpa’), and zucchini seeds (‘Black Beauty’). Just as we finished the rain came down followed by the tornado sirens. Tomorrow I’ll plant one more row of squash (‘Amish Pie’) and we’ll get the fencing up to keep the chickens out then we’ll pretty much be done planting the vegetable garden until the garlic (‘Music’) comes out. I’ll have to tuck my herbs in here and there though.



by Robinson

I have heard lots about eating ramps ever since I started paying attention to some food blogs this spring (I love Food in Jars and envy the genius of the blog title). I found G-N Ramp Farm, the world’s only ramp farm, online and might just order a pound for planting next spring to go with my planned stand of ferns for foraging fiddleheads. I have to wonder though, how do ramps fare around black walnuts?

Mystery Solved

by Robinson

Almost three years ago I was trying to identify a shrub that grows along our driveway. I had narrowed it down to the Red Osier Dogwood and haven’t given it a lot of thought since. Today I’ve been perusing the Arbor Day Foundation’s website (is there a more economical way to add trees to the landscape?) because I want to add to the windbreaks on our property lines to reduce the impact of our neighbors. I stumbled across the Arrowwood Viburnum and this time everything does fit.

black walnuts

by Robinson

Another step in what may become a lifelong effort to garden around and become friends with the black walnuts in my life. I bought one woodland poppy plant (Stylophorum diphyllum) while browsing the garden center yesterday. Mostly I bought it because I love the way it looks. I saw it last year but when I went back for it they were sold out, so, I grabbed it up as soon as I saw them this year. I suspected that it might be possible that a native, deep shade perennial might tolerate a little juglone in its life. I planted it today and will watch it closely for signs of toxicity. I also found another black walnut list that offers a little hope here¬†and here. I also planted an oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) which I’m also hopeful about except that the ground has been pretty wet.


by Robinson

Yesterday I planted Parisian Market Carrots, Cherry Belle Radishes, Cilantro, Coriander, and Cress.


by Robinson

Tomato Seedlings

Tomato Seedlings

More Vegetable Garden Records

by Robinson

Since my tomato seed starting is going so well I decided to go ahead and try a few more things:

Tomatillo ‘Purple de Milpa’ (I love salsa verde and this variety looked fun)
Pepper ‘Wisconsin Lakes’ (supposed to be good for shorter seasons)
Pepper ‘California Wonder’ (has always done well here)
Jalapeno ‘Traveler Strain’ (we’ve been out of frozen jalapenos for some time and this was the variety I found at the People’s Food Coop)

Tomatofest **UPDATE**

by Robinson

UPDATE: I just checked my mini-greenhouse. There are sprouts in nearly all of the cells!

I decided on a whim to try and start some tomatoes from seed. I’m taking a big gamble on some OLD seeds my mom gave me from Tomatofest. I seeded each cell pretty heavily hoping at least one seed in each will take off.

I included black cherry, orange strawberry, brandywine, and flamme (supposed to be good for sauces and eating). I’m trying to show some restraint and develop some balance in our garden this summer.


They also have some interesting, water efficient container instructions here.