FAST FOOD FROM YOUR GARDEN – 22 in a MONTH or LESS + 12

Okay, so a month doesn’t begin to compete with your local fast food restaurant. Still, most people think of raising vegetables as something that takes ALL SUMMER! But, that doesn’t need to be the case. There can be several excellent reasons for wanting to grow some speedy crops, ranging from an apartment dweller with very … Continue reading FAST FOOD FROM YOUR GARDEN – 22 in a MONTH or LESS + 12

My Mother’s Gardening Secret

My mother was widely considered to always have the best garden for miles around, for as long as I can remember. When asked what her secret was, she would always tell people, “The secret is in the soil.” That’s all. Just, “The secret is in the soil.” Some would then ask her if she made … Continue reading My Mother’s Gardening Secret

Busy Days! And Seed Saving

It's spring! That means outdoor activity around here has sprung into high gear. The hyacinths and tulips have finished their bloom cycles. The strawberries, peaches, apricots, plums, and nectarines are blossoming. The onions that overwintered, as well as the freshly planted ones, are coming up strong and healthy and happy. The rhubarb that the chickens … Continue reading Busy Days! And Seed Saving

A Vegetable Companion Planting Guide

Strawberries peeking through the winter mulch Spring has sprung (at least today). Sprouts are coming up both in my kitchen and in my garden. So now it’s time to talk about companions. Whether we like it or not, we all have some people that really build us up and make us feel good when we … Continue reading A Vegetable Companion Planting Guide

GARDENING THROUGH THE YEAR – MARCH in USDA Zone 5

The warring hosts of Winter and Spring Are hurtling o’er the plains. ~Christopher Pearse Cranch When March has April weather, April will have March weather. Spring is definitely trying to break through winter’s icy grip on us and the urge to garden is surely growing as the days lengthen! But, the frost has not left the … Continue reading GARDENING THROUGH THE YEAR – MARCH in USDA Zone 5

GARDENING THROUGH THE YEAR – FEBRUARY in USDA Zone 5

February: Thinking of Flowers Now wind torments the field, turning the white surface back on itself, back and back on itself, like an animal licking a wound. Nothing but white--the air, the light; only one brown milkweed pod bobbing in the gully, smallest brown boat on the immense tide. A single green sprouting thing would … Continue reading GARDENING THROUGH THE YEAR – FEBRUARY in USDA Zone 5

GARDENING THROUGH THE YEAR – JANUARY in USDA Zone 5

January – a time of new beginnings, new hopes, new dreams, new plans and goals, and a welcome break in the list of month’s ending in “brrrr”, and often accompanied by a too short-lived mid-winter thaw. January is often thought of by gardeners as the month to pour over all of those beautiful seed catalogs … Continue reading GARDENING THROUGH THE YEAR – JANUARY in USDA Zone 5

GARDENING THROUGH THE YEAR – DECEMBER in USDA Zone 5

December is filled with thoughts of holiday parties, making treats, giving and receiving gifts, but SURELY not of gardening! While the list of gardening activities for December is shorter than most other months, there are still some valuable things you can do this month to improve your garden next year as well as the health … Continue reading GARDENING THROUGH THE YEAR – DECEMBER in USDA Zone 5