Author Archives: gardengirl

Getting there . . .

As you can tell from my previous post, Mother Nature has been keeping all of the gardeners in Southwest Wisconsin guessing. It is probably safe to say that the cold weather crops from the hardy gardeners are in. However, even … Continue reading

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A Waiting Game

Usually I start my seeds in late February so that they have a chance to grow a hardy stem and hold their own when I harden them off outside. This year I was busy with other things and missed my … Continue reading

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Stained Glass Works By Rochelle

I have been making stepping stones with glass inlaid designs for close to 12 years now. In the last few years many people have asked me if I would ever consider making these and selling them. They can be rather … Continue reading

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Steady As She Goes

I have noticed over the years that no matter what is going on in my life – career, health, family and social time, the garden represents a “constant” in my life. The garden doesn’t know that there are work deadlines … Continue reading

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Mother Nature vs. Me

This year has been a very difficult year for gardening so far. I didn’t get my seeds started until the end of March instead of the beginning of February. The long, cold spring has made it difficult to get plants … Continue reading

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A Season Like No other

Here it is – the day after taxes are due. Yesterday morning we woke up to a dusting of snow on our dreary brown lawn. By mid-afternoon the snow was gone and today while letting the dogs out I saw … Continue reading

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So Glad I’m a Gardener

We are under a Winter Storm Warning with ice, 4-7 inches of snow and high winds expected during the next 24 hour period. I have started receiving my garden seed catalogs in the mail and of course am making plans … Continue reading

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Giving the garden a rest

Two nights ago we had our first hard frost which was very close to the Farmer’s Almanac prediction for Zone 3 where I live. The day before I picked all the remaining tomatoes. Seventeen quarts later I had put up … Continue reading

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Belly up to the bar, boys !!

As I said in my last post, we have been experiencing an abnormally wet season. This has given me quite a few new issues to deal with in the past 3 weeks. Almost overnight, my tomato plants were attacked by … Continue reading

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So what is a CUBIT, Noah?

We have had one of the wettest Springs on record here in Wisconsin. According to the National Weather Service from Madison, we have had 13 inches of rain in the last two weeks. To put this in perspective, this is … Continue reading

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