Winter Garden 2011

I spent some time in the garden this week (in between rain storms), cleaning up the last of the summer crops, harvesting potatoes and onions, and transplanting small starter plants from the nursery bed into their roomier winter beds.    Thinning the carrot patch. Sweet babies!   I like to leave my carrots in placeRead more

The Case of the Missing Berries: A Garden Caper

  After threatening to rip out my strawberry patch last year due to lackluster production, I think I’ve finally figured out the key to getting a good crop. Despite having 60+ strawberry plants, I never seemed to get more than a handful or two at a time, barely enough for a nice dessert, let aloneRead more

Pumpkin Seeds, Chickens, and Bees (Oh My!)

It’s been busy around here with at least some garden prep and planting happening daily. In addition to the vegetable garden, I’m trying to set up a cutting garden, hoping to grow enough to provide flowers for my mom’s bed and breakfast, in addition to our eggs. The potatoes are in, the early tomatoes are tucked awayRead more

Sittin’ in the Garden Eatin’ Worms

Just when I was finally starting to get my blogging groove back, my darn computer kicked the bucket (and took all of my freshly uploaded photos intended for new posts with it)! We’re working on getting that info off of the hard drive, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share a photo that IRead more

Building a “Champagne” Garden on a Beer Budget: Part I

The view out my window when I woke up this morning didn’t exactly shout “spring!”, but the angle of the sun has changed noticeably in the past few weeks and I’ve been dealing with a pretty bad case of spring fever. This can mean only one thing – time to start thinking (obsessing) about theRead more

Rainforest Flowers and Book Winner

Thanks to everyone who left a comment on the Hothouse Flowers review post. After using a random number generator to select a winner, the book goes to Jennywenny of Foray into Food. Jenny, if you can forward your mailing info to me at freerangeliving@gmail.com, I will pass it along to the people at TLC Book Tours,Read more

I Clove Summer

Back in early October when the weather was dreary, I eagerly planted the first crop of the summer garden. Garlic may take a long time to turn from one lowly clove into a plump head packed full of them, but it’s worth every minute of the time involved – there aren’t many meals in thisRead more

Me And My Hoe: A Love Story

Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all Pretty Woman on you, I just have to take a minute to mention one of the most useful garden tools I’ve ever had. This hand forged half moon hoe has been a godsend when it comes to weeding (my least favorite chore), making routine garden maintenance a breeze.Read more

What’s New in the Garden

I had no idea when I decided to participate in the Kinder Gardens project how little I would actually have to contribute. It’s not like the kids haven’t been in the garden over the past month, but as far as having something concrete that I can report on, no dice. My daughter picked out a bunchRead more

Poultry in Motion

I thought I’d share a couple of photos of the chicken tractor, which, thanks to a break in the weather, is finally finished. We made it out of scrap wood and cedar trim left over from the house construction, as well as bits of leftover fencing. If you’ve never heard the term “chicken tractor”, it’sRead more