Growing Things

Growing Sprouts at Home

Growing Sprouts at Home

I just love kitchen science, especially when it results in something pure, simple, healthy, and the process itself is enjoyable.  Several years back I bought what I jokingly called “the sproutinator”.  It was a hunk of green plastic (before the BPA scare of 2008) that was supposed to be for growing sprouts.  Despite following all […]

Building Bean and Pea Hoops Out of Stock Panels

Building Bean and Pea Hoops Out of Stock Panels

I LOVE growing sugar snap peas and pole beans.  As long as they can get started before the slugs try to overwhelm them they’ll grow like nobodies business in our environment.  They produce and produce until you can’t stand the idea of another fresh pea or bean.  Then you make dilly beans! The only challenge […]

Let’s Get This Garden Started

Let’s Get This Garden Started

Normally I start my garden starts in the house.  I have a folding table, grow lights, and a heat mat.  It’s this big ugly monstrosity and it’s in the way.  Most of the time (okay maybe all the time) I accidentally kill off a bunch of the starts by forgetting to water them at some […]

Cabin Fever!

I thought I was doing well feeling settled with this down month but a few days ago it hit me!  Cabin fever!  I started trying to plan an international trip before coming back to my senses. The poultry is all doing pretty well.  We lost two turkeys so far but that’s it.  Only two more […]

Spring Introspections

Spring is always a turning point for me.  If I had my own year/cycle it would start in spring.  It tends to be a time of introspection, consideration, reevaluation, and ultimately acceptance.  Those bring their own fears and joys.  I can’t count the number of life decisions I’ve made in spring.  Both the sad and […]

Oh? That’s not how gardening works?

I planted a few tomato plants, peppers, squash, and an eggplant in the garden but then got busy and did nothing else (story of the last two summers).  The garden is waist deep with weeds at this point, but this morning I noticed I could see one of the tomato plants topping the weeds inside […]

Wild Food

Who would have ever thought… The farm is on an open acre+ and it’s not uncommon to see wild rabbits and deer wandering around from time to time.  One rabbit had been plaguing the front pasture driving the dogs *insasne*.  After a few attempts to bag it, and some serious reconsideration of marksmenship skills, it was getting […]

Playing hard, working hard

Playing hard, working hard

It’s definitely feeling like summer now around these parts.  Time is just flying by. Over the last several weeks I’ve been working hard to get tons of stuff done around the house/farm and elsewhere.  For the fourth of July weekend I weeded and mulched all the flower beds and built a campfire circle in the […]

Eating Weeds

Eating Weeds

I can hear my mother’s voice in my head, tinged with a little exasperation, “we don’t eat weeds.”  I smile to myself.  My mother was on a constant battle to discourage my grandmother from picking dandelions and other foragables from their suburban lot and sneaking them in to the dinner pot.  Considering their varying approaches to “landscape management” that […]