Spring Equinox 2016 - Mayernik Garden

By Shannon, Posted in Garden

Woo hoo!  It’s about that time of year again: the days get longer, the weather gets warmer, and Matt becomes a garden drill sergeant.  Though most people recognize the Spring Equinox as the first day of spring, March 20 is so much more important than just the onsight of warmer weather.  This is the day that the minutes of daylight almost equal the minutes of nighttime.  It is the day that the sun begins to hit the earth at a more direct angle, thus producing warmer temperatures. &n... read more.

Garden Series 003 - NJ - Mayernik Garden

By Matt, Posted in Garden

Seed Planting  in March? In New Jersey? Not always easy! The center of the Mayernik Garden is an enclosed area surrounded by a five foot fence to keep the deer out, as well as any other little critters! We have been less successful keeping out the rabbits that have provided us three litters the past two seasons. But let me tell you, they are the cutest things ever! And if we do displace them, it is within a few feet from where mama gave birth so she knows where to find them when she comes to feed them... read more.

Mayernik Garden 002 - New Jersey Garden

By Matt, Posted in Garden

Flashback 4 few years:  When Shannon and I first embarked on our gardening journey, we knew very little about how much it could mean for our lives as a whole.  We had recently moved into a new home, one with a much larger yard than we had before.  We decided that picking up on an ongoing hobby would be good for us, and it would be something we could do together.  After our first spring/summer adventure, we knew that this could not only keep us busy, but could also present an entire life... read more.

Mayernik Garden 001 - New Jersey Garden

By Matt, Posted in Garden

Welcome to the Mayernik Garden Blog Series! We hope to update you twice monthly (maybe more in the summer) about what's going on in the Maryernik Garden.  All great endeavors need to start from a simple idea, a workable plan.  For the Mayernik Kitchen, our simple idea was to grow a few items in our garden – basic herbs and ingredients that we use often and could cut back on purchasing.  When Shannon and I began gardening a few years ago, we never imagined how successful we would be. &n... read more.

Mid-June Mayernik Garden

By Shannon, Posted in Garden

June 29th....Already....Where has time gone? The month of June flew by! I can't believe we are celebrating Independence Day in just a few days. The garden is doing amazing! So much has grown and there are tons of flowers/fruit on the plants. We even picked two cherry tomatoes already! Tomatoes are a staple in New Jersey but we seem to never pick them this early. This month's garden blog is a little different. I wanted to capture the garden in a "macro" view. I recently purchased a new lens so what better... read more.

Mid-May 2015 Mayernik Garden - North Haledon, NJ

By Shannon, Posted in Garden

The Mayernik Garden is 100% underway. I can't believe how much has grown in just a few short weeks. We've had some wacky weather....real hot and dry and then super cold with a chance of frost. We are now just starting to get some rain which the plants really are loving. Everything in the garden looks so vibrant and healthy. If you saw my post on Facebook this past weekend, we have to date, over 70 types of plants out in the garden. 70 different plants! That's crazy to think about when it's literally about... read more.

Late April Mayernik Garden - Northern New Jersey

By Shannon, Posted in Garden

The garden is ALIVE! With today being the last day of April, I wanted to get out there and check out what was growing before we go away for a long weekend. The herb garden is really starting to come along, as well as some of the plants in the veggie garden.  We planted some cold weather plants on April 11th which we purchased at a local garden center. Those plants consisted of Blue Curl Kale, Lacinato Kale, Rainbow Chard, Red Cabbage, Cauliflower, Beets, Red Onions and Leeks. So far everything is look... read more.

First Planting in Mayernik Garden 2015 - Northern New Jersey

By Shannon, Posted in Garden

April 6, 2015...cold weather seeds have been planted in the 2015 Mayernik Garden.  We had a very mild day, and all our seeds from the Hudson Valley Seed Library came in, so we wanted to get out there and start planting some cold weather crops. This was the first time this year we were able to turn the dirt, and it looked awesome! It's a very rich brown color and it had a lot of volume to it. It turned easily, so we knew we were good to go with planting some seeds.  After raking the boxes... read more.

Early April Mayernik Garden - Northern New Jersey

By Shannon, Posted in Garden

Well, it's that time of year. The garden is starting to wake up and boy, is it an exciting time for us. We had a really long winter; super cold and lots of snow in the Northeast, so the first signs of spring are always welcomed with open arms. The snow has finally disappeared and the temps are starting to warm. We are still not out of the "no frost" zone, so we have to be careful of what we plant in the next few weeks.On our first day out there, I snapped some pictures of what the garden looks like right af... read more.