Oh, gracious... It's been a nice, but exhausting weekend. Frankly, I woke up this morning already ready for my afternoon nap. But, there's work to be done! I have a ton of luffas that need processing, seedlings to be thinned, chickens to be fed, and I'm hoping to get some garden paths built. I was … Continue reading Work Day!
I have a list of individuals who inspire me. Either by their endeavors, beliefs, or character, these people motivate me toward pursuing excellence in my own life. It doesn't matter what your passions, goals, or skills-- there is always going to be someone out there doing a better job. At the very least, they may … Continue reading Inspiration
With the potager cleaned up, I set to work identifying current plants. There were a few things planted there that I loved, for no particular reason. Some of them include primrose, day lilies, honey suckle, and today I found this beauty... Periwinkle! It's an attractive (though somewhat aggressively spreading) ground-covering ever green. This is the … Continue reading Springtime Potager discoveries
It's time, it's time!!! Today, or actually Sunday, was my 8 weeks before last frost day. So I was waiting for my tomato and pepper seeds to arrive so I could get everybody started in time for transplanting in spring. I knew we had a bunch of kids for a reason. My oldest wouldn't nap … Continue reading Seed Starts 2019
I read an editorial last year about the author's late wife. He was honoring her memory by going over all the many things his lovely bride could accomplish in a single day. It set a goal for me then; to read more, plant more, care more, serve more, give more. what I really wanted was … Continue reading What Do I Do All Day?
I'm getting antsy, y'all. I wanna be out in the garden playing in the dirt! And since that's not happening for a couple more weeks, I decided it's time for planning and inventory. I got out my little green notebook. To my pleasant surprise, I found that just about half of my seed Inventory is … Continue reading Seed Inventory 2019
We have these crazy beautiful bushes that I initially found to be crazy ugly. The problem with flowering plants is that if they aren't tended at least semi-regularly, they get a bit out of hand. That's what happened to these quince bushes. When we first moved in, they were scraggly overgrown shrubbery that I intended … Continue reading Quince Bush Maintenance
It's "joked" about amongst my husband's coworkers (our pastors and church staff) that we're all just one light bulb away from being Amish. I say "joked" because it's not far off from the truth. We don't have social media and, honestly, if I had my way, you'd all be reading this via handwritten newsletter. Unfortunately … Continue reading Electricity and Other Unfortunate Inventions
It's Fall!! and that means we're building another Back to Eden terrace (our final one in this garden) and we thought we'd take the opportunity to make it a teachable moment. We'll cover the basics of permaculture land works, B2E site preparation, planting, cultivar selection, pruning, and more! Join us for a demonstration/master class/tour on … Continue reading SMH Back to Eden Demonstration
I recently pruned my cherry and peach trees. Yep, I did a soft pruning in October. One of the biggest lies is that you can only prune your trees in dormancy. That's like saying you can only trim your fingernails while you sleep. Here's the thing about pruning- if you had a broken bone, you … Continue reading Gardening Lies You’ve Been Told