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Yep, it’s winter in Wisconsin

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A co-worker asked me last week if I was getting anxious to get back in my garden. I told her no, that I thought I still had a couple weeks before a serious case of seasonal affective disorder set in. (For me, that usually happens in February.) The same day, we were talking about how “warm” it seemed outside. The temperature at the time was about 10 or 15 degrees and we had just ended a streak of record-setting cold — highs during the day of minus 13 with a wind chill of 35 to 40 below zero. Continue reading

Tomatoes growing like crazy

20130402-175452.jpgJust a quick midweek post to show off the tomatoes’ progress. I can’t believe how much they grow – seems like every day they’re bigger. Gotta admit though, I keep waiting for the day I go into the greenhouse and find them withered and brown instead of robust and beautiful. Continue reading

Tomatoes whittled down to 27

The dirt finally thawed and I was able to repot the tomatoes. And the lettuce. The tallest of the tomatoes, the organic Chadwick Cherry variety, were close to 7 inches tall. Most were probably closer to 3 to 4 inches tall, and some even had what I consider really thick stems, which is good, right? I seem to remember that last time I tried starting tomatoes indoors most of the stems ended up really thin, and they didn’t do as well once I transplanted them outdoors. So I’m thinking thick is a good thing in this case. Continue reading

Frozen dirt delays tomato repotting

I was going to replant my tomatoes into bigger containers Saturday, but I didn’t take into account that the only bags of soil I’d find would be frozen. So, that puts the kibosh on my weekend gardening plans, as the dirt thaws in my dining room. Continue reading

I just can’t take store-bought tomatoes anymore!

I’ve decided to take the leap. I’m going to try to grow tomatoes in my basement.

I’ve been in the usual tomato funk that I’m guessing many others get into this time of year. Store-bought tomatoes just aren’t cutting it. I still like to take a salad for lunch to work most days of the week, but they just don’t compare to my salads of the summer, made from my own garden-grown lettuce, tomatoes and onions.

Cool greenhouse

Could this greenhouse be the answer to tomatoes that taste like soggy cardboard?

One week, the store-bought cherries will be passable, the next week it’s like I’m chewing soggy cardboard. And the frustrating part is that you can’t tell by looking at them how good — or bad — they’ll taste.

Truth is, I’ve been thinking about trying to grow tomatoes indoors for quite a few years. But a fellow blogger suggested it again recently and it got me to thinking. Why not give it a try? What have I got to lose? If they don’t grow or taste really bad, I’ve still got the store-bought ones to fall back on, right?

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July 27: Still drying out

Just going to put up the daily photos today. Spent the last 4 hours shopping, cleaning and baking for daughter Erika’s graduation party tomorrow. Got a great pretzel, carmel sauce, chocolate chip recipe to try out on the family. Can’t believe Erika’s going to college in a few weeks.

Hopefully I’ll get a little time before the party to pick the ripe tomatoes and cukes. Lettuce could use cutting, too. A little more time would probably help the garden dry out a bit more so I’m not slipping and sliding. Continue reading

Summer 2011, what worked, part III: Pleasant surprises

I haven’t had much luck with lettuce in past years. So much so that it wasn’t on my radar when I first looked at seeds last spring. But I figured I’d give it another try, mainly because I eat a lot of salads. I planted Black Seeded Simpson (loose-leaf) and Red Romaine (both Livingston). I was pleasantly surprised. Both lettuces were very easy to grow, and as long as I kept harvesting, they kept growing. The crunchy red Romaine lettuce was a treat mixed in with the green loose-leaf variety. Definitely want to plant these — or a similar variety — again this summer.
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