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McD

Location:  Kaukauna, WI

Day Job:  Education

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Apples, Basil, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Brussels sprouts, Cherries, Chile Peppers, Garlic, Gourds, Green beans, Jalepeno Peppers, Lavender, Lettuce, Mint, Oregano, Pears, Peas, Potatoes, Raspberries, Rosemary, Squash, Sugar Snap Peas, Thyme, Tomatoes, Walnuts

Animals:  Dogs

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  Love working in the yard and being self sufficient. Knowing what is going into my food is also satisfying.

 
     

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  • Posted by: McD on September 10th, 2011 at 01:14 pm

    12 quarts of tomato sauce waiting for the pressure canner as I write. Tomorrow it is freezing Anaheim pepper day.

 
  • Posted by: McD on August 15th, 2011 at 02:47 pm

    How do people keep the algae down in large rain barrels. I have a 330 gallon one and it just look gross as the algae builds up.

 
  • Posted by: McD on July 20th, 2011 at 03:15 pm

    It is mid July and I have a cabbage that is 13" across! Going through a heat wave this week. Pix of the garden can be seen here http://on.fb.me/nvxkjB. I will add more as the season progresses.

 
  • Posted by: on June 1st, 2011 at 01:08 pm

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  • Posted by: McD on April 12th, 2011 at 05:45 pm

    All the seedlings are up with just about 100% germination. Off to a good start now if the weather can start cooperating....

 
  • Posted by: McD on December 28th, 2010 at 04:15 pm

    I have found brussel sprouts are heavy feeders so you need good soil. Be careful on the amount of nitrogen I added to much manure last year and I had huge plants but the sprouts all opened and sadly no harvest. This year I made sure to use only well digested compost and it worked out great.

 
  • Posted by: citydeer on December 27th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I would appreciate advice on brussel sprouts as well. I had the same problem as Cindy--plants looked fine but only got marble-sized sprouts. It's the first time I tried growing them so I'm sure the blame lies with me.

 
  • Posted by: Mo on December 4th, 2010 at 05:09 pm

    That is some beautiful looking produce! Keep up the great work :)

 
  • Posted by: McD on October 17th, 2010 at 04:17 pm

    Harvested a third of my brussel sprouts and ended up with 5 quarts of frozen yumminess.

 
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