Finding Neem Oil

Last year I shared this post about my great love for zucchini and my complimentary great hatred for squash bugs and vine borers. I also shared about my equally passionate distaste for white powdery mildew and anthracnose. All of these pests/problems plagued my curcurbits (zucchini, melons, squashes) in our 2012 season. Since then I’ve taken steps to minimize the impact of these Axis of Evil members on my garden, including: 1. No mulch around squashes (it provides a place for […]

Why Chickens?

We have chickens! Why raise chickens? I’m so glad you asked! If you live in the city or the suburbs or think chickens are gross or too much work or you just can’t do it because you don’t know enough or or or… this post is for you. There are lots of benefits to raising chickens. Add in the fact that chickens are relatively easy and inexpensive to care for and you just might change your mind. Reasons to Raise […]

Shady Vegetable Garden Plans

A few weeks ago I shared on our Facebook page that I was getting excited about ordering seeds for 2013. Our friend and CSA customer Joli Lorion-Fytczyk commented asking about what sorts of plants to grow in a shaded yard. What a wonderful question! She got me thinking about what types of things they could grow at home. If you have a heavily shaded yard, these tips could help you too. So what can you grow in shade? Here are […]

How I Saved My Dogs from Being Turned into Sausage

Several weeks ago I wrote this post about the fact that we added 200 additional square feet of raised bed space to the garden. The new space is along a 100 foot fence near the house. And while this area is great for access to water, sunlight and protection from pests like deer and rabbits, its prime digging space for a different type of beast: Our dogs. Meet Daisy, the nine-year-old Jack Russell Terrier and Marley, the one-year-old Australian Shepherd/Lab […]