It is curious that a garden gives us hope when so much can go wrong!
An easy way to find out what kind of soil you have.
Getting started with herbs is pretty easy, and you don't need a lot of space. Here are some general tips for making that herb garden you've always dreamed of a reality.
An essay about the process of arriving at an understanding that modern life is too fast paced, and that communication with one's spouse is critical as a couple comes to the realization that over many years of life and raising a family, the homesteading lifestyle is what you've always really wanted.
With a little imagination, you can find art even in a woodpile.
We're still picking a few fresh vegetables from the community garden, and loving it!
Collard greens are delicious and make a great addition to your late summer garden.
Dried beans are not only delicious, packed full of nutrition, but extremely sustainable.
We got our first frost of the year. Things are winding down on our urban homestead.
Pumpkins are my favorite plant in the garden. They grow quickly, look cool, and taste great!
It doesn't matter if you live in the country or in a big city, you can homestead anywhere.
A little downtime once in a while is a good thing.
It is that time of year again when my garden is bursting with zucchini. I turn my back for a moment and the zucchini have doubled in size.
The author goes mano a mano with monsters in her garden.
Antique lawn mowers at tractor shows prompt memories.
Carrots aren't too hard to grow, but they do require care and attention.
Squash bugs are a formidable enemy, but they can be controlled without using pesticides.
A realization would sneak into my thoughts now and then – the knowledge of the reward of previous hard work, and it brought happiness to my gardening heart.
Having four gardens means that there’s always something to do in at least one of them.
June gardening is all about weeding. Don’t let those pesky weeds get out ahead of you this year!
Fresh lettuce marks our first harvest of the year. Hopefully the start to a successful gardening season!
We moved into our new house three weeks ago, and our new homestead is starting to take shape.
Childhood memories of my grandmother canning.
An easy bag to make for growing potatoes.
Chives used to be in most everyone's backyard herb plot. They're easy to grow and delicious!
Acid-loving plants, using coffee grounds in the garden, and the great coffee grounds pH debate.
Growing greens is easy and doesn't require a lot of space. Fresh lettuce is delicious!
Easy, do-it-yourself frames for garden netting help protect your garden from critters.
Zinnias are beautiful and functional companion plants in the kitchen garden.
Peas are easy-peasy to grow and taste great. No need for fertilizer, just sun, space, water and perhaps a fence.
Starting seeds is easy. If you've never done it there is no reason to be intimidated. Here's a basic tutorial.
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.
Reminiscing about my grandparents' garden as I wait for spring to get here.
Winter is a great time to plan your spring and summer garden.
Instead of spending money for sweet potato plants this spring, you can start your own and watch the amazing process at the same time.
A new suburban gardener plans the New Year with projects and plantings in hopes of great success!
Getting ready for spring planting.
Those seeds inside of your pumpkins are delicious - don't throw them away!
We enjoy taking the opportunity to rest and relax when it is too cold outside to garden.
The basis for success in your garden is right at your feet!
December is usually a quiet time for gardeners, but we're still finding a little bit of fresh food out in the side yard.
Using re-purposed stones, see how we built our pit.
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.
The change of seasons has me reflecting on the words of Ecclesiastes this week.
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.
Our pumpkin harvest was small this year, due to the plague of squash bugs.
It's tomato picking time on our homestead. What better way to preserve the harvest than canned salsa?
The best use for all those zucchinis taking over your garden are brownies.
Basil is easy to grow even in small spaces. You can use your harvest to make this easy, delicious pesto!
You never know what will happen when you leave a garden unattended.
Homemade pickles and relish are staples around our house, but growing cucumbers can be a real challenge.
We try to use the least harmful solution to get ride of garden pests and weeds. This easy-to-make weed killer really works!
When you are in pain and cannot do much, you can always recall memories of happy times.
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!
This post is about blueberry picking at my local pick-your-own farm. It includes a quick and easy blueberry bread recipe.
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!
This is how our whole gardening adventure got started.
Sometimes one wonders about why things happen as they do, but there is a plan here and there we wouldn't change.
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
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.
Spring is planting season. As everything around us greens up, so does our garden as we slowly get our plants in.
Maximizing garden space in a small city yard is a constant challenge, but I've found that window boxes aren't just for windows.
A chance buy at a church rummage sale has turned into our gardening bible.
These garden beds fertilize themselves the natural way!
An update of spring tasks and happenings at Green's Organic Farm and Apiary.
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
An easy way to thwart gophers by using common materials and no killing.
We converted a 1947 disabled water well house into a usable potting shed.
One of the first veggies of spring happens to be one of my favorites, peas.
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!
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.
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
Few things break up the winter doldrums like the arrival of the seed catalogs. Yet it's easy to get carried away ...
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.
Using old-fashioned gardening tools and methods.
A short history of a few Red Currant bushes at the ranch where my husband and I live.
Rather than choosing one variety of seed, let your little micro-climate choose it for you by growing a landrace!
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.
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
A quiet winter evening, sipping cocoa, dreaming of next year's garden, and enjoying the company of four furry friends.
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.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
Highly productive small gardens that produce huge yields
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
How personal experience and observation can save your sanity
Re-discovering the simple things in life that really do make it better!
An easy way to make beautiful and tasty pumpkin pickles.
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
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.
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.
Let me share with you the finer nuances of canning using recipes that have been handed through the generations.
My mother's lessons in the garden, and my eventual understanding of the soul that is in gardening.
What to plant in a fall garden and how.
The story of how we got here and who we are.