How to Create Rich Humus in Weeks, not Years

As mentioned in an earlier post, our gardens pretty-much run on chopped leaves. We currently have 3 metal drum composters that are operating automatically-being powered by windshield wiper motors. We have two more of these automatic composters yet to be filled. As much as we like not having to think about turning a barrel every […]

The End of an Era

For several seasons we grew crops in my 8′ wood and fiberglass self-watering planters, which were connected, via a float valve mounted in various types of chambers, to rain barrels. In them we grew towering tomato plants, that were soon hitting the ceiling in the hoop house. I was so proud of these planters that […]

Build your own Arched Arbor

Adding an arbor to a garden adds visually appealing vertical height, while greatly increasing the amount of produce that can be grown in a small space. Our latest video describes how to build an inexpensive, attractive, and sturdy arbor. We hope you enjoy it, and are inspired to build one (or several) yourself. If you […]

Corrugated Metal and Cedar Raised Beds

Raised beds are really just giant containers, and they therefore share many of the same benefits, with one big difference-they have no bottom, so they leak. We find the self-watering planter/ raised bed gardening methods to perfectly compliment each other. The spent potting mix from last season’s containers is added to next season’s raised beds. […]

Microgreens-Growing the Instant Garden

Peg and I taught a class at Harmony Foods in Bemidji on Container Gardening back on the 5th of April. It was a cold, snowy, no-sign-of spring-type day, but ten or so true believers showed up anyway. One of the attendees asked me what I knew about growing microgreens. I said I knew that it […]

Fermented Leeks

OK, next winter I am going to have an insulated “Shallow Winter” greenhouse on the south side of our garage for starting seedlings. I hesitate to say “Deep Winter” because I lack the money and the will to try to grow anything here in December through February. So I will wait for late March to […]

Thank you KAXE/KBXE!

It was a thrill this morning to chat with Maggie Montgomery and Katie Carter on the Morning Show on KAXE/KBXE in their Bemidji studio. Unlike a radio interview a couple of years ago-when I was in there to discuss my canoe book- I did not freeze after the first question. The question I was tripped-up […]

Putting Our Beds to Bed

Our gardens pretty much run on leaves. The primary carbon source in our compost tumblers is chopped leaves. We collect them using a walk-behind mulching mower that has a rear bagger-AND THEY ARE FREE! I am still shaking my head as I recall how we would rake our leaves up onto a tarp, drag the […]

Super-Thin, Crispy Crust Pizza at Home

  It’s hard to believe- with pizza now so ubiquitous it seems to be everywhere- that, not so long ago, pizza was little-known here in Minnesota. I grew up in one of those new neighborhoods that sprouted from the potato fields fringing northern Minneapolis, in what is now Brooklyn Center. Back then, within sight (on […]

Outstanding Baguettes or Boules

 I really wish that, years ago- before spending over $200 on bread books, and countless hours trying different bread recipes- someone would have said: “Come on in. For the price of one good bread book, I’ll show you how to bake an excellent baguette or boule in your home oven”. I have been in pursuit […]