Winter squash
Contrary to what you might think from the name “winter squash,” it does not actually grow during the winter. Squash is usually distinguished by either being “summer squash” or “winter squash” but both kinds grow during the summer.  In the heat.  They LOVE the heat. The difference is that winter […]

Winter squash

Heirloom Seeds
Let’s talk about seeds. Not only are they magical little miracles, they are also very, very important to our food supply.  In fact, there would be no food supply without them. When most people start out gardening, they generally go to the store in the spring and buy plants and/or […]

Heirloom seeds   Recently updated !

Self-reliance, self-sufficient, sustainable… These are all words that describe a way of living that encourage taking care of yourself and your own family.  To not be dependent on grocery stores for our food. And while true sustainability may not be entirely possible, working toward becoming more self-reliant is a GREAT […]

Growing staple foods for self-reliance

Squash bugs
Many years ago, I didn’t know what a squash bug was.  Gasp!  That’s hard for me to believe now. And unless you have encountered them in your garden, you many not know what they are either.  Consider yourself fortunate. Can I just say that innocence is bliss! They look like […]

Dealing with squash bugs

There is no need to fear the zombie apocalypse. It’s the ZUCCHINI Apocalypse you should be worried about! There’s the old joke that when you live in the country, or probably even the suburbs, you MUST lock your car in the summertime if you don’t want someone to leave you […]

Zucchini (and other summer squash)   Recently updated !

Why garden?
I decided to do some very involved, detailed research (not!) and find out why people garden. So I googled “why do you garden?” and read many, many comments and forum posts from gardeners all over the world. And while this “research” is by no means exhaustive or conclusive, it was […]

Why do you garden?

Let’s talk about weeds. Because everyone has them and they are the bane of most gardener’s existence. Admit it…you felt a feeling of drudgery just looking at that picture, didn’t you? Well, it doesn’t have to be that way, I promise! I recently helped a friend get her garden set […]

Weeds, weeds and more weeds

Earth's skin
The earth needs a covering, just like our bodies need skin. When I first heard this gardening principle, it really took me some time to understand what it meant. To really wrap my mind around all that it entails. But now that I understand it more, it really does make […]

The earth’s “skin”

Prize winning tomatoes
10 secrets for growing prize winning tomatoes 1) Choose the variety carefully!!! What kind of variety you grow will depend a large part on what your climate is like and what your goals are.  If you live in an area that gets a lot of moisture/is humid, you will want […]

10 secrets for growing prize winning tomatoes

Questions to ask yourself before starting a vegetable garden: 1) What is my purpose in starting a vegetable garden? In other words, why do you want to grow a garden? If your purpose is to reduce your monthly grocery bill, your garden will be quite different from someone whose purpose […]

7 questions to ask yourself before starting a vegetable garden   Recently updated !

Starting a brand new garden
Not too long ago, my cousin called me to tell me she was going to be driving through my town later that day and would like to stop and see me. I told her, “Of course! I’d love to see you!” So a few hours later, she showed up on […]

Starting a brand new garden   Recently updated !

I had the hair-brained idea a few years ago to keep chickens in our backyard.  My husband thought I was crazy but he played along.  He’s probably used to my crazy ideas by now. Or maybe not? Either way, we got to work and built a simple chicken coop out […]

7 things nobody will tell you about keeping chickens   Recently updated !