Poultry Personnel

Despite being someone who likes to plan, I’ve developed this trend during the last several years of my life where I put things off until the last minute. Getting my garden ready for fall (and really, winter and spring) has sadly been no different. Last fall I was able to invest lots of time in the garden while Owen was at school. This year we’re blessed to have a precious 2-year-old foster child with us so my time in the […]

Hugelkultur on a Micro-Farm

NOTE: For an update on our adventures in Hugelkultur, click here.   If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that we’re planning to double the size of our market garden this coming spring. The plan was to have one or two volunteer days in the spring where we can build raised bed frames, move compost from the front of the house to the beds and put up the fence. Might sound like a lot of work […]

How to Use Leaves in Your Garden and Yard

Leaf Pick-Up or Pack-Up? I’m pretty sure we’re the only family on the block whose lawn is still covered in leaves. Why? Because leaf pick-up happened at least a week ago. In our suburban neighborhood, leaf pick-up is where everyone rakes or blows their leaves into the street and on a specific day the city comes along and sweeps them up. And what does the city do with them? They contract with a local waste management company which composts them […]

How to Manage a Cold Frame

Our winter-gardening theme continues: Today I discovered a great article about how to build and manage cold frames. The article’s author is Eliot Coleman, a gardener who is considered an authority on four-season growing. Though I’ve not read them yet, I’m hoping to soon be a proud owner of his books Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long and The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses. In the […]

Hotbeds for Winter Growing

If you’ve been following this blog recently, you know full well that I’m focused on growing veggies this winter. Today I want to share some details with you about one of the most important parts of my winter veggies strategy – hotbeds. To recap what I shared in a previous post about winter gardening, hotbeds include: “a pile of decaying organic matter warmer than its surroundings due to the heat given off by the metabolism of the microorganisms in the […]

October 2012 Update

I really dislike being cold. I can handle extreme heat, rain, dark, manual labor and constantly having my hands in compost. But I really dislike the cold. Since it has been chilly and rainy here the last several weeks, I’ve been pretty lethargic about working in the garden. It’s driving home the point that I need to be sure to develop efficient systems for winter gardening so that I’m not intimidated by keeping up my garden chores when that dirty […]