Spring Planting Guide

free spring planting guide

Happy first day of spring! To commemorate it, I’ve created a downloadable Spring Planting Guide. You can access the PDF here: Wateredlove Spring Planting Guide After having quite a few friends ask for help starting a garden, what to plant and when, I’ve finally put this guide together. As I’ve …

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seedling update: week 2

seedling update: week 2 Seedlings seem to change so much in their first few weeks. Initially, they’re hardly noticeable and without much …

Friday 2/26 (5 days after planting)
Friday 2/26 (5 days after planting)
Sunday 2/28 (7 days after planting)

seedling update

Seedlings update: the first week Read more about starting your own seedlings here.  

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seed saving

Last Saturday, a January day where the weather was only supposed to get colder as the day went on, I saved seeds. …

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Midwest Voices–Kansas City Star

Throughout 2016, I’ll be writing columns for The Kansas City Star‘s series “Midwest Voices.” Today, there’s an introduction of all the writers …

writing up at The Rumpus

Happy to announce I have a piece up at The Rumpus about Swedish artist, The Tallest Man on Earth: http://therumpus.net/2015/11/sound-takes-dark-bird-is-home/. Without writing …

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brussel sprouts

Like many of my favorite veggies, I came to brussel sprouts late in the game. In my family, “vegetables” meant green beans, …

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tomatillos & salsa verde

My community garden–The Switzer Neighborhood Farm–is in the heart of the Westside. The Westside is a cool intersection of communities.  I was …

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the garden is beautiful

During the last few weeks, I’ve harvested my first tomatoes from seeds. They’re an heirloom variety called sungold cherry tomatoes, and though …

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Last week, I posted about pruning tomato plants. As I mentioned, I messed up a few times, accidentally clipping some branches that …

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yellow tomato leaves

Midwest summer is here. Days so hot I wake up at 6:30 to run because it’s too hot by 7:30. I start …

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tomato trellising

Tomatoes have always been a staple in my summer garden. They’re a staple of my grandma’s garden, and since my early gardens …

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aphids

To my surprise, pests make it to porch gardens, too. APHIDS.   I first saw them in the fall. I think they …

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kansas city star

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know I’m a writer (mostly creative nonfiction, some poetry). If you follow me …

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community garden: now growing

The semester is over. I submitted final grades yesterday. It is now my summertime. This semester, I didn’t get to grade ahead …

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from the porch: thinning out

My apartment in the Westside is two-stories and has two enclosed porches. It’s as great as it sounds. As you might imagine, …

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books: grow plants & look smart

When we designed the lighting set-up for my seedlings, we brainstormed and talked quite a bit about how we would raise and …

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roots

At some point, the seedlings you’ve started will get too big for their container. A good sign that it’s time to repot …

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spring!

Happy Spring! I’m a day behind, but yesterday was the first day of spring. Happy.   After work, I went to Ladies’ …

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st patrick’s day: eat more kale

Until graduate school (when I started reading Ulysses aloud with friends in Lawrence, KS bars), I didn’t really like St. Patrick’s Day. …

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seed savers

In over six years of gardening, I’ve never saved seeds, though I’ve certainly watched it happen naturally. “Volunteer” tomatoes and peppers and …

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getting started: planting

  The final–and most fun–step is actually planting.  I did mine on a warm, but rainy & cloudy February day. The combination …

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getting started: my space

After making a plan and gathering materials, the next step to get started with seedlings is to choose your space. If you …

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getting started

Let me re-iterate that I left this seedling workshop excited. I poured over my notes. I sorted through the seeds I’d stored …

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the most weeds

This year’s garden is the biggest area I’ve ever attempted. And the most difficult land. And the most weeds. Not surprisingly, they …

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