Grow

145 articles
Evening Observations

Evening Observations

Walking around the garden last night, I was reminded of how far we've come in just a few short years.  From a barren, rock filled, super hot-trash-and-glass-and-juniper-filled 1/8 acre to a living, breathing, mini oasis...sometimes it's easy to forget how much blood, sweat and tears have gone into our little plot.   Walking around the garden last night, though, I…
When Rhubarb Flowers

When Rhubarb Flowers

Have you ever seen rhubarb flowers?  They usually show up on established rhubarb in the spring and they are gorgeous. Gorgeous and harmful, unfortunately. We encountered our first rhubarb flowers a few years ago and, not knowing what it was or what to do about it, we turned to one of our favorite books.  According to John Seymour's The Self Sufficient…
Strawberries!!!

Strawberries!!!

We had our first real strawberry harvest late last week! After a very long day at work, when I was ready to, literally, get in bed by 7:00, Kim found them and called me outside.  Is there a better way to cap off such a day than with 10 ounces of juicy, ripe, gorgeously red strawberries?  It's amazing how wonderful a…
In the Garden (late May)

In the Garden (late May)

In an effort to practice a bit more self care, I've been intentionally assessing how I spend my time. So, instead of getting up and staring at a screen every morning, I am spending a bit more time in the garden.... I am making my tea, bundling up, and allowing the quiet space I so deeply crave while puttering around…
The Perennial Garden

The Perennial Garden

We have been actively growing as much of our food as possible on our tiny plot for a few years now.  And for those few years, we have been kicking our own asses in an attempt to grow as much of our food as possible. There's the seed starting and the soil building and the up-potting and the transplanting and…
Sowing, Growing, and Harvesting Echinacea

Sowing, Growing, and Harvesting Echinacea

Echinacea, also known as the Purple Coneflower, is a perennial flower that is known for its beauty and medicinal purposes alike.  When in full bloom, Echinacea will attract both butterflies and bees and will make you want to spend countless hours in the garden watching all of the action!  In the fall, while you wait for the seed heads to…
The First Seeds

The First Seeds

Last weekend, in celebration of the warm days, the extended forecast (no hard freezes in the foreseeable future) and the inspiration to sow some seeds, we finally got outside for a couple of hours, cleaned up a few of the beds, and pushed the first seeds of 2014 into soil! There are still many beds to get for the season,…