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How cold is your climate? How to Find Your Hardiness Zone and Growing Season

Pop quiz: What makes Earth different from all the other planets that have been discovered so far? Location. Location. Location. We happen to be in this magical Goldilocks-zone of being close enough to the sun to have warm(-ish) temperatures and liquid water—at least at some times of the year across most of the globe. And … Continue reading How cold is your climate? How to Find Your Hardiness Zone and Growing Season

No Cows Allowed!

As I hit my late 20s and early 30s, it seemed like there were some pretty big changes in the lives of my friends. The obvious change was all the babies: my Facebook feed is almost nothing but baby pics some days. But there were other additions to my friends’ households as well: livestock. Mostly … Continue reading No Cows Allowed!

Garden Experiment 2017 #2: Wine Cap Mushroom Cultivation

Perhaps buoyed by the unexpected success of my previous garden experiment, I've started another. This time, I'm trying to cultivate the wine cap (aka Stropharia) mushrooms in my garden. The wine caps are about the simplest of any to grow, which seems like a good fit for me since I've only had mixed success with growing … Continue reading Garden Experiment 2017 #2: Wine Cap Mushroom Cultivation

Garden Experiment Update: Raised Bed Gardening (in February!!)

We had a big thaw back in February, and I put all my cabin fever energy into build a raised garden bed that was, conveniently, taller than the piles of snow around it. I planted it, watered it, and rolled the plastic up like a snug burrito. When things warmed up in early April, I opened it … Continue reading Garden Experiment Update: Raised Bed Gardening (in February!!)