Wisconsin Fast Plants

Hedi Baxter Lauffer Director of Teaching & Learning with the Wisconsin Fast Plants Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Explains the many benefits of teaching with Fast Plants, or Rapid Cycling Brassica rapa

I’ve just posted an interview with Hedi Baxter Lauffer Director of Teaching & Learning with the Wisconsin Fast Plants Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We discuss the development of Rapid Cycling Brassica rapa (FastPlants) as a tool for studying crop disease, and its evolution into a versatile life sciences teaching tool. Fast Plants live their entire life cycle in about 42 days.

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Little Crops for Little Hands

Dwarf crops can fit in just about anywhere and stay at a convenient size for kids.

This is the first episode of 2020!

This year my new years resolution was to bite the bullet and lean fully into gardening with kids. I’m a father who works with kids in a Garden Based Learning environment, and I’ve decided to make that a focus going forward.

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For the Love of Turnips

I may not be able to find as much on their history as I’d like, but let me sell you on this versatile crop.

The Poet William Stafford spent part of his career writing a poem a day, when asked how he managed that he replied “I lowered my standards”. I have no clue if this actually happened or not, but the advice rings true for me.

I’ve been meaning to put more content up on the site but I haven’t, because every time I sit down I start playing around with the title, then deciding on just the right image, then start writing and freeze up when I realize I haven’t done enough of research on the subject. The most important in blogging is to sit down and blog.

So I’m going to try to get 2-3 posts out a week, even if its nothing more than chatting about what I did in the garden today. Even if I create a bunch of completely useless fluff I’ll still have improved my comfort level with writing these posts.

So to kick things off I’m going to talk about Turnips.

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Getting Started

Why I’m starting this Blog, and why you should dig right into gardening if you’ve been hesitant.

I bought this domain a couple of months ago.

It was sort of a gift to myself, a venue for sharing my passion for gardening with interested parties for a change. I have a tendency to brain dump my accumulated gardening knowledge to anyone asking a relevant horticultural question. Sometimes people actually enjoy this knowledge, sometimes their minds are fully blown, and sometimes they are just being polite.

I’ve written three or four posts, and even recorded a couple of podcasts. I’ve also deleted three or four posts, and erased a few podcasts.

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