Fried Morel Mushrooms Recipe

Earlier this week I wrote about foraging for morel mushrooms and that I was lucky enough to find enough to fry. Today I’m posting the preparation process and will show you step-by-step what to do with morels after you find them! Disclaimer:  if you’re looking for a real professional recipe with nutrition content and precise […]

Mushroom Hunting — With a Machete

I’ve been mushroom hunting recently. For those who don’t know what that means, it’s an annual rite of Spring in certain states where the elusive wild morel mushroom grows. Here in the Hoosier state, many “country” kids learn how to forage for morels as soon as they’re old enough to walk in the woods near […]

Radish — Delish Dish or Not So Much?

Sometimes I grow stuff I am really not into eating. Like the radish, for example. I don’t find much appealing about radishes and I know exactly one person who likes them. This year I got suckered into buying radish seeds because the seed packet was so darn cute and the name (“French Breakfast”) of the […]

Saucer Magnolia — Magnolias in the North.

Magnolia trees above the Mason-Dixon Line? Yes. A few weeks ago, I was driving down the road and passed the prettiest tree covered with large, purple-ish blooms. At first glance, and because I was in motion and so was the tree from all the wind that day, I thought the pretty purple blur was a […]

Van Sion Double Daffodils

Little did I know on that a visit to my family’s home on Easter Sunday would turn into a history lesson and lead to some serious research on something called a “Van Sion daffodil.” Daffodils are blooming everywhere right now in my area, but these are not your typical cup-and-saucer formation variety. My parents literally […]

Invest in Your Garden with Pay Dirt

Invest in your garden with pay dirt this Spring! As many gardeners know, the key to a plentiful and productive garden starts with your soil. Some call it organic matter, others call it “black gold,” and what I’m writing about today could be referred to as “pay dirt.” A local friend of mine contacted me […]

Potting up Seedlings — March Madness

Potting up seedlings is what you do when your seeds have sprouted and grown a second set of leaves. This is a pretty crucial step in the whole shebang. If you start seeds in little cells like these seed trays with individual 6-cell sections, the seedlings quickly outgrow their temporary homes and end up leggy […]

Seed Starting — February Fun

I’ve been through the seed starting process a few times now, but I’ve always done it inside because it was freezing outside. This year late February rolled around with a pleasant surprise–a 70 degree Saturday on the 20th. Perfect timing. The plan was to clean up and organize my garden supplies in the garage, but […]

Paperwhite Update!

I recently posted about planting paperwhites and thought I’d give an update today since they have bloomed. Back in late January I potted the bulbs and about a week/week and a half later stems began to shoot up. I thought paperwhites always grew really tall before blooming, but that was not the case with mine. One started […]

How to Grow Paperwhites

Back in November, I won some paperwhite bulbs in a Twitter giveaway from Garden Harvest Supply. I received them promptly, opened the package, and then the holidays got the best of me. I finally got around to “planting” them a couple weeks ago! Paperwhites, or Narcissus papyraceus, are part of the daffodil family but don’t require […]