I've developed a relationship with the food I eat. I don't mean that in some weird way, just that I grow my food, preserve it, and eat from my garden's produce year round. Not exclusively by any stretch of the imagination, no. But, I have been working toward that end. Because of health issues that … Continue reading Kids and Veggies: Why my kids love ’em or leave ’em
Yesterday, we celebrated American independence by canning our own produce. For the first time, we harvested enough blackberries to make jam. Granted, it was only about a half gallon of jam... But it was ours! And that was the exciting part. We also had enough cucumbers come in to do a small batch of pickles … Continue reading Canning Day! And Other Updates
I thought I'd take you through what we have going on in the gardens this year. At this point, we have 5 distinct areas which we are cultivating: Terrace Back to Eden Garden Hugulkultur swale/fruit trees The Berry hedgerow The Orchard Market Garden terraces half-finished seems to be our trademark... We're working on improving that … Continue reading What’s in the Garden?
Yep, I'm already working on my fall garden. Our spring planted veggies are still not fully ready for harvest! But such is life if you want to stay on top of things. So that involved screening composted soil from the chicken run. I tell you what, this is year 2, and that stuff is amazing! … Continue reading Fall Garden
Welp, I think I've finally done it. Granted, I'm sure there will be mistakes and revisions, but I am 89.9% sure I have the finalized garden plan layed out. Here's what it should look like at the middle of the growing season: Utilizing both companion planting and succession planting methods, I am pretty sure we … Continue reading Finalized Garden Plan
My number one take away from the whole experience is to lay down a cover on your soil
After a couple setbacks in my planning and preparation, I was finally ready to indoor seed my peppers today! I put a folding table down in the basement to elevate my boxes off the floor. I chose my basement near a southwestern facing window so that 1) they get some natural sunlight, and 2) I … Continue reading Sowing Day
This year, a series of circumstanced beyond my control has put us in a rental home. Actually, it's a great situation and I'm happy with where I am. "I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be … Continue reading Getting Started