Spring is planting season. As everything around us greens up, so does our garden as we slowly get our plants in.
Sometimes one wonders about why things happen as they do, but there is a plan here and there we wouldn't change.
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.
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
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.
All you want to know about potato bugs and more.
Native Americans planted "three sisters" together in hills hundreds of years before scientists proved it was a good idea.
Using old-fashioned gardening tools and methods.
Discover some helpful tips for your next outdoor get-together.
Highly productive small gardens that produce huge yields
When you are in pain and cannot do much, you can always recall memories of happy times.
It is difficult to get in the planting mood in the deep of winter.
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.
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.
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.
What to plant in a fall garden and how.
Building berms around trees and shrubs is important for water-wise watering. Mulching is mandatory for water retention and helps keep weeds down. Manure berms are especially functional.
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!
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?
These garden beds fertilize themselves the natural way!
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!
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
A chance buy at a church rummage sale has turned into our gardening bible.
This is how our whole gardening adventure got started.
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 short history of a few Red Currant bushes at the ranch where my husband and I live.
An easy way to thwart gophers by using common materials and no killing.
You never know what will happen when you leave a garden unattended.
This post is about blueberry picking at my local pick-your-own farm. It includes a quick and easy blueberry bread recipe.
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.
We converted a 1947 disabled water well house into a usable potting shed.
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
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!
An update of spring tasks and happenings at Green's Organic Farm and Apiary.
How personal experience and observation can save your sanity
One of the first veggies of spring happens to be one of my favorites, peas.
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!
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.
The story of how we got here and who we are.