A quiet winter evening, sipping cocoa, dreaming of next year's garden, and enjoying the company of four furry friends.
Few things break up the winter doldrums like the arrival of the seed catalogs. Yet it's easy to get carried away ...
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
Rather than choosing one variety of seed, let your little micro-climate choose it for you by growing a landrace!
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
It is difficult to get in the planting mood in the deep of winter.
Using old-fashioned gardening tools and methods.
Highly productive small gardens that produce huge yields
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.
I am a young woman who has finally found her niche. One bachelor's degree later, it turns out to be farming.
This post is about the prolific growth of the garden over 16 hot, wet July days when we were away on vacation in the Yukon.
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.
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
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.
My mother's lessons in the garden, and my eventual understanding of the soul that is in gardening.
An easy way to make beautiful and tasty pumpkin pickles.
Re-discovering the simple things in life that really do make it better!
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
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!
A short history of a few Red Currant bushes at the ranch where my husband and I live.
Let me share with you the finer nuances of canning using recipes that have been handed through the generations.
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.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
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.
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.
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.
How personal experience and observation can save your sanity
One of the first veggies of spring happens to be one of my favorites, peas.
The story of how we got here and who we are.