A new suburban gardener plans the New Year with projects and plantings in hopes of great success!
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
Using old-fashioned gardening tools and methods.
When you are in pain and cannot do much, you can always recall memories of happy times.
Highly productive small gardens that produce huge yields
We are not impulsive people. We are also opposites, so it is not like us to both want the same thing and at the same time. Yet, here we were, both wanting to buy a piece of land that we had only read about on the internet. Twenty acres with a small red barn.
For my next installment on the blog, I’m FINALLY getting around to telling you about my little greenhouse(ish) project on the patio of my apartment.
What to plant in a fall garden and how.
Getting ready for spring planting.
Spring is planting season. As everything around us greens up, so does our garden as we slowly get our plants in.
Winter is a great time to plan your spring and summer garden.
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
A nostalgic look at my childhood visits to my grandmother's home in a small rural town on the Oregon coast and how she continues to influence my own garden and life decades after her death.
Sometimes one wonders about why things happen as they do, but there is a plan here and there we wouldn't change.
You never know where life is going to take you, so it’s a good idea to be ready for anything. My family once had a different life, but circumstances changed, there was a period of flux, then we came out better than ever.
Few things break up the winter doldrums like the arrival of the seed catalogs. Yet it's easy to get carried away ...
My mother's lessons in the garden, and my eventual understanding of the soul that is in gardening.
The best use for all those zucchinis taking over your garden are brownies.
Karen walks you through what to do when dealing with viruses or parasitic nematodes in the garden. She also provides a quick overview of her previous posts on vegetable diseases.
Re-discovering the simple things in life that really do make it better!
We may run a big farm in the country, but our urban homestead friends sure do know how to grow it.
Harvest time has arrived and, as I pick the last of the tomatoes, I have mixed feelings. One of the wonderful things about farming is the lessons you learn along the way.
An easy way to make beautiful and tasty pumpkin pickles.
A quiet winter evening, sipping cocoa, dreaming of next year's garden, and enjoying the company of four furry friends.
Maximizing garden space in a small city yard is a constant challenge, but I've found that window boxes aren't just for windows.
Growing a delicious salad on your own front or back porch is easy. Once you've tried your own homegrown salad you'll never want any other!
Homemade pickles and relish are staples around our house, but growing cucumbers can be a real challenge.
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
We enjoy taking the opportunity to rest and relax when it is too cold outside to garden.
The change of seasons has me reflecting on the words of Ecclesiastes this week.
These garden beds fertilize themselves the natural way!
This is how our whole gardening adventure got started.
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
100-year-old Scarlet Runner Bean seeds from Grandpa will be part of our garden this year. It's almost seed-starting time for gardeners!
We try to use the least harmful solution to get ride of garden pests and weeds. This easy-to-make weed killer really works!
A chance buy at a church rummage sale has turned into our gardening bible.
December is usually a quiet time for gardeners, but we're still finding a little bit of fresh food out in the side yard.
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
Starting seeds is easy. If you've never done it there is no reason to be intimidated. Here's a basic tutorial.
Peas are easy-peasy to grow and taste great. No need for fertilizer, just sun, space, water and perhaps a fence.
You never know what will happen when you leave a garden unattended.
The basis for success in your garden is right at your feet!
An easy way to thwart gophers by using common materials and no killing.
A short history of a few Red Currant bushes at the ranch where my husband and I live.
Reminiscing about my grandparents' garden as I wait for spring to get here.
This post is about blueberry picking at my local pick-your-own farm. It includes a quick and easy blueberry bread recipe.
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
Rhubarb pie, rhubarb jam and rhubarb muffins are all on the menu in our kitchen at this time of year. What better way to eat locally and get Vitamin C then by picking and eating your own rhubarb!
It's time to remember that 'frugal' is not a dirty word. Doing things for ourselves feels good and makes us less dependent on big companies to have a full life.
California has had the worst drought year in recorded history. If we don't get some rain, farmers won't be the only ones crying the blues.
We converted a 1947 disabled water well house into a usable potting shed.
They say timing is everything ... they say location, location, location too. We say, we need more rain, fewer weeds, longer days, and a stronger back so we can get the homestead to look the way we want it to look.
Let me share with you the finer nuances of canning using recipes that have been handed through the generations.
An update of spring tasks and happenings at Green's Organic Farm and Apiary.
Our pumpkin harvest was small this year, due to the plague of squash bugs.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
Basil is easy to grow even in small spaces. You can use your harvest to make this easy, delicious pesto!
Those seeds inside of your pumpkins are delicious - don't throw them away!
It's tomato picking time on our homestead. What better way to preserve the harvest than canned salsa?
Rather than choosing one variety of seed, let your little micro-climate choose it for you by growing a landrace!
Instead of spending money for sweet potato plants this spring, you can start your own and watch the amazing process at the same time.
How personal experience and observation can save your sanity
We are trying to eat more 'greens' and found that buying organic can get costly. I planted plenty this year in hopes of having a good crop to make many green smoothies in our new Vitamix.
One of the first veggies of spring happens to be one of my favorites, peas.
Using re-purposed stones, see how we built our pit.
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!
The story of how we got here and who we are.