Winter Garden

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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.
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
A quiet winter evening, sipping cocoa, dreaming of next year's garden, and enjoying the company of four furry friends.
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.
Highly productive small gardens that produce huge yields
Winter farmers' and gardeners' markets have sprouted (pun intended!) up in my area, giving customers more access to locally grown produce throughout our long, cold winter.
Extreme winter weather.
What to plant in a fall garden and how.
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.
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
Winter is finally ending and the hope of spring is in the garden.
The epic saga of me getting stuck in a snowdrift after we moved to our farm.
Feeding the Wild Birds in the Winter
A recipe for my mom's famous Oatmeal Molasses Cookies.
Lori shares some of winter's wonders from her Wisconsin farm.
It's that time of year again - empty milk jugs, egg cartons and plastic containers pile up to serve as temporary greenhouses for young seedlings.
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!
Few things break up the winter doldrums like the arrival of the seed catalogs. Yet it's easy to get carried away ...
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
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 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.
What happens when you try to show a teenage boy something and you are a preteen girl.
Reminiscing about winter and the times when Santa would visit.
Beat winter's chill with this delicious, made-from-scratch chai tea!
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.
Rather than choosing one variety of seed, let your little micro-climate choose it for you by growing a landrace!
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!
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!
The story of how we got here and who we are.

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