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.
Chives used to be in most everyone's backyard herb plot. They're easy to grow and delicious!
Growing greens is easy and doesn't require a lot of space. Fresh lettuce is delicious!
Using old-fashioned gardening tools and methods.
These garden beds fertilize themselves the natural way!
We moved into our new house three weeks ago, and our new homestead is starting to take shape.
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
The change of seasons has me reflecting on the words of Ecclesiastes this week.
We enjoy taking the opportunity to rest and relax when it is too cold outside to garden.
This is how our whole gardening adventure got started.
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
We try to use the least harmful solution to get ride of garden pests and weeds. This easy-to-make weed killer really works!
Starting seeds is easy. If you've never done it there is no reason to be intimidated. Here's a basic tutorial.
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!
December is usually a quiet time for gardeners, but we're still finding a little bit of fresh food out in the side yard.
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
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.
Peas are easy-peasy to grow and taste great. No need for fertilizer, just sun, space, water and perhaps a fence.
A chance buy at a church rummage sale has turned into our gardening bible.
Easy, do-it-yourself frames for garden netting help protect your garden from critters.
An update of spring tasks and happenings at Green's Organic Farm and Apiary.
Let me share with you the finer nuances of canning using recipes that have been handed through the generations.
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.
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!
Basil is easy to grow even in small spaces. You can use your harvest to make this easy, delicious pesto!
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
Our pumpkin harvest was small this year, due to the plague of squash bugs.
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
It's tomato picking time on our homestead. What better way to preserve the harvest than canned salsa?
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
Those seeds inside of your pumpkins are delicious - don't throw them away!
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
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.
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.
We converted a 1947 disabled water well house into a usable potting shed.
What to plant in a fall garden and how.
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!
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.
Using re-purposed stones, see how we built our pit.
One of the first veggies of spring happens to be one of my favorites, peas.
Acid-loving plants, using coffee grounds in the garden, and the great coffee grounds pH debate.
The story of how we got here and who we are.
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.
Zinnias are beautiful and functional companion plants in the kitchen garden.