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2016 Seed Inventory

2016 Seed Inventory

I think I may have mentioned before that my oldest daughter works for a nursery and so has phenomenal access to many, many "damaged out" seeds at the end of each season (which really only means that they're a tiny bit old-like, last season, and the company doesn't want the nursery to sell them anymore). ┬áSo there are a few…
The Changing Seasons – October in Review

The Changing Seasons – October in Review

October marks, for me, the official beginning of Fall. The slide from warm days and comfortable evenings quickly gives way to bipolar weather patterns (hot, toasty days followed by very cold nights...torrential downpours with hail and flooding, followed by crispy dry weeks on end) and, inevitably, the first fire of the season (which was especially exciting this year because of…
The Garlic is in the Ground

The Garlic is in the Ground

We finally got the garlic in the ground yesterday and I can't tell you how relieved I am because planting garlic is one of those little things that brings me so much comfort and so much joy. Maybe it's the act of putting something in the not-yet-frozen earth knowing full well it will sleep while the snow flies and come…
And so it begins…

And so it begins…

I may not be ready, but I don't have a choice. Temperatures are set to dip drastically for the next few days and nights and I don't quite think my PJs and sweatshirts are going to cut it anymore for keeping me warm during┬áthe morning chores. Oh well, there are benefits and draw backs to four full seasons and I'll…
The Changing Seasons – August and September in Review

The Changing Seasons – August and September in Review

If you're keeping track, you might have noticed that I skipped my monthly reflection for August...and you might even notice that my reflection for September is a full two weeks late... Geez... Yeah, the past few months have been a whirlwind of work, property and animal upkeep, and...oh yeah! the planning, prepping for and actual celebration of our marriage! So,…
Closing up the season…

Closing up the season…

For the first time in a long time, we spent a good part of the day today in the garden. Truly, that poor garden of ours has been quite neglected for some time now with the exception of quick visits to harvest the dregs of summer. Truth be told, the challenges of the garden got the best of me this…
In the Garden

In the Garden

You guys, we have officially gotten our asses handed to us in the garden. Yes, there are veggies growing and being harvested. No, the whole thing has not been a complete failure. And yet, this season has truly kicked our asses. We have worked so hard through epic battles against bindweed and squash bugs and grasshoppers and mosquitoes and yet…