Junior Gardener Blog



What’s happening in the garden right now?

Some ideas are from our favorite plants. Some topics relate to the seasons and weather. Others come from the inspiration of our family, friends and readers.

Sometimes things happen today, or happened yesterday, or maybe last week, but are too interesting to wait for a new issue. 

Sometimes inspiration doesn’t want to wait, either.


Welcome to the Blog!


Growing since December 2020!

What a year 2020 became! By the time the world reached December, it was ready to run full-speed into 2021.

What did 2020 do to the garden? Many people might have developed a new appreciation for what gardening has to offer. It may be a new hobby, or a re-discovered one. Gardening may have become a way to provide a more secure source of food. It may have gotten you outside into the sunshine, or become an activity for the whole family while many had to stay home.

For my garden, 2020 offered time to start seeds early, add more garden space, and focus on a healthy transition from seed to thriving garden plant. Then, 2020 presented an idea, which has now become what you’re reading today: Junior Gardener, and jrgardener.com.

Spring and summer bring a flurry of garden activity, and through the seasons come inspiration, ideas and insight. Fall and winter ease into a calmer, more indoor season, and the compilation, contemplation, completion of ideas. All of this leads to writing and sharing, and more planning and anticipation of the next seasons to come.

Whatever has brought you to the world of gardening, I am so glad you are here!

Genesis 1:11-12

And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”

Welcome Back! It’s Summer! Summer is an active time of gardening! This year we have been collecting photographs, topics, plants, seeds and more. All of the collecting is for your benefit! Come back and see what more we have to offer. Still considering jumping into the gardening world? This is a great time! Planting seeds […]


What’s bugging us?

Struggling Seedlings  Don’t worry, many of the seedlings are doing quite well! But there have been a few that started strong and quickly wilted. There has also been an issue of bugs becoming increasingly present in the seedling nursery, and until very recently I didn’t realize that these two issues are a bit connected. Dropping […]


Onion seeds starting!

  Happy New Year! Onions! It’s (almost) that time of year again If you’re somewhere near the midwest/Great Lakes region, or anywhere, really, with a similar mid-May last frost, it’s nearly time to get those onion seeds planted. Hard to believe that we’re back to January already. It wasn’t even that long ago that the […]


Winter Gardening

Winter has come! In the midwest, it’s a bit cold. There’s snow on the ground, and the upper layers of earth are freezing solid. No outdoor gardening, really, for now. So, we move inside! I spent a bit of time yesterday organizing the seed stores, starting a plan for the spring garden. There are a […]


It’s Winter!

Yesterday was unusually warm for Michigan, reaching around 50 degrees! It was good timing, though, for a day off. Outdoor garden cleanup is important, and makes things much easier when spring arrives. Leaves have been shredded into mulch, and spread around garden beds, pathways and muddy spots. Buckets have been emptied, and rain barrels, too. […]

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