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Secret Farm: A garden blog

An Urban Minnesota Gardening Blog

Published: 2015-05-30T11:22:00-05:00


Newsflash! Suckers don't suck!


You know that old gardening tip for tomatoes: pinch off those suckers - they sap energy from the plant? I've even read in a book about growing tomatoes that they will NEVER produce fruit so you should get rid of...

Sow seeds outside in the WINTER??


You guys! I just found a new way to garden and I feel like my world has been turned upside down. It's called winter sowing, and I had never even heard a peep about it before until I saw it...

A rainbow mountain of chard!


Chard is really one of the prettiest edibles to grow in your garden- good for you and tasty too! I grow about 6 varieties each year around my front yard tomatoes, and intersperse with Lisianthus flowers. It's one of my...

Lucky Tiger


I'm ba-aaaaaaack! Didja miss me? It's only been 3 years! :) I thought I'd get my blogging feet wet again with a nice little tomato review post. So here goes: Lucky Tiger from Johnny's Select Seeds I am a total...

Vintage Wine - It's about time!


Wow - it's been 2 years since I posted? Where has the time gone? To social media I guess. ;) Well, if there's anyone out there - spambots, this does NOT include you! (Die spambots die! etc, etc) Here is...

Ode to Tomatoes


The street filled with tomatoes midday, summer, light is halved like a tomato, its juice runs through the streets. In December, unabated, the tomato invades the kitchen, it enters at lunchtime, takes its ease on countertops, among glasses, butter dishes,...

First Potatoes!


First potatoes from my @SecretFarm! They are French Fingerlings Originally uploaded by Lorika13. These are the first potatoes I have ever grown. Such cute little guys. They are French Fingerlings- pink inside and out. Basically they are recycled potatoes I...

All about the berries!


All about the berries Originally uploaded by Lorika13. Hey! Two posts in one day?! What the...! Yes, the berries. That is what it is all about right now at the secret farm. First, it was the strawberries by the bucket...

Monarchs released!


Released Monarch Originally uploaded by Lorika13. This is one of the 3 Monarchs we had that made cocoons on the same day, and came out on the same day! Unfortunately, they came out early in the morning on July 4th...

Twittering from the Garden


Hey! You've probably been wondering where the heck I am lately. Well, the 3 of you that are left, anyway. ; ) I've been in the garden a lot lately, big surpirse! But, I've also been twittering more as a...

Protect your babies!


Just a quick warning to all MN gardeners - we may get a frost or FREEZE tonight! Ack! Just when I thought it was safe to plant those zone 9 plants I bought last weekend. Here's what Paul Douglas over...

Spring Cleaning


Just a quick post - I know it's been awhile! But, as my fellow secret farmers know, Spring is a busy time. So many seeds to plant and so much mulch to remove. It's clean up time! And the weeds!...

HR 875 the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009


As many of you out there are aware by now, there is a bill that has been introduced to Congress called HR 875 Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 . I have seen a number of twitters and blog posts...

Amish Gold


These guys are Amish Gold - literally. Well, ok not exactly, but they are damn tasty! They are a cross between an Amish paste tomato and a Sungold Cherry, and they are nice and tangy and great for slicing because...

Japanese Black Trifele


This fine pair are Japanese Black Trifele tomatoes. These were the ones I was most excited about this year for some reason - I'm sure it is the name. I mean, if they were called Early Boys or something, I...