Tag: volunteers

Some days work out with a theme a person wouldn’t have seen coming at the outset. So it was last week. I went to Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee last Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, to meet with my friend Barb Grandoe and the school principal, Jim Wilkinson. We discussed my giving some […]

Last gardening season I planted Butternut squash and Hubbard squash. This season, several volunteer squash plants came up in the same area. If I don’t need the space for other plantings, I usually let volunteers grow, just to see what will happen. Since the squash from last season were heirlooms, I figured that I would […]

IF we had these 90° temperatures, day after day after day, along with substantial rainfall, this could be an ideal growing season. Fact is, we have had no rain for weeks and no rain in sight for the future forecast. With the rain barrels empty, we are watering, watering, watering with village water from the […]

We did this video blog in about as unprepared a way as you could imagine. No script, no thought, just aim the camera and shoot. You can see that a lot of care went into my wardrobe, too. We plan on doing more video, although this time of year isn’t the best for showing off […]

The rewards of the garden in October are multiple. There’s the accounting of the quantitative results, either in pounds of tomatoes or quarts canned. There’s an accounting of the qualitative results as well, either a given crop was good or not so good, a lot or a few, hardy or weak, tasty or bland. There […]

For more years than I care to admit I grew hybrid this and hybrid that and engaged in the competitive garden pastimes of How Big is Your tomato,huh? How many pounds yield did you get, huh? Out of how many square feet, buddy, huh? And then as I grew older so did the games and […]

There are two general lines of thought about how a garden should be kept. One way has everything planted in rows, neatly spaced so that no plant imposes itself on another, everything orderly and under control. This is the way most of us go about gardening. Then there’s the way nature does it. I don’t […]