Friday Farmgirl Gardening Series Week 10 (erosion, hail, hoppers, and hope)

And this, my dear friends, is one reason we do not rototill!  With the crazy summer storms we have been getting an inch of sandy thick topsoil from the neighboring gardens slid onto my plants and pathways. My novel takes place in the 1930’s and through my grandparents’ stories and books I am learning about … More Friday Farmgirl Gardening Series Week 10 (erosion, hail, hoppers, and hope)

Farmgirl Gardening Series Week 9 (weeds, water, and radishes galore!)

Well we barely kept it watered this week, didn’t thin the carrots, and the weeds are moving in, but just like housework, the garden work will wait for us! The plants are now getting big enough that we can wield a hoe to combat blankets of overnight weeds.  There is still some hand weeding involved too.  Try … More Farmgirl Gardening Series Week 9 (weeds, water, and radishes galore!)

Friday Farmgirl Series Week 8 (radishes and respite)

The radishes are here!  The first of the crops.  Beautiful pink and red orbs peeking through the soil.  What gifts.  I appreciate food so much more in a garden. Checklist this week:   #1 All seedlings that are four inches tall must get thinned.  Gosh, they worked so dang hard to grow for you and … More Friday Farmgirl Series Week 8 (radishes and respite)

Farmgirl Gardening Series Week 6 (Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplants)

Well, it’s Memorial Weekend.  If you are following along, this is what your garden might look like: Potatoes, onions, garlic are shoving through the straw. Kale, chard, collards, mustards, lettuces, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, carrots, pak choi, and spinach are about an inch tall. Don’t try to thin them, let them be! Peas are 2 … More Farmgirl Gardening Series Week 6 (Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplants)

Farmgirl Gardening Series Week 5 (Jalagi Adusgi, plant markers, and weeds)

  Welcome to our Cherokee garden.  Maryjane loves to garden.  She likes to play in the back of my truck, then come over and plant some seeds, then water, then relax in the sun.  “This is too fun, Grammie!” she squeals. This last week the nights (and frankly some of the days) were too cold for summer plants.  … More Farmgirl Gardening Series Week 5 (Jalagi Adusgi, plant markers, and weeds)

Friday Farmgirl Gardening Series Week 4 (summer seeds and the four sisters)

Four sisters?  All these years I have talked to you about beneficial and interplanting   The three sisters is my favorite way to bring it to life.  Many Native tribes planted corn with beans and squash.  The pumpkin (iya) leaves suppress weeds and deter nighttime corn marauders, beans (duya) grow quickly and happily up the stalks of the corn, and corn … More Friday Farmgirl Gardening Series Week 4 (summer seeds and the four sisters)

Farmgirl Gardening Series-Week 3 (Herbs and Roses)

I see you!  Don’t you dare plant those tomatoes yet!  For every person in Colorado that plants their tomatoes near Mother’s Day we get a snowstorm.  Don’t jinx us all. Now what can you plant this week?  Herbs.  Hardy ones.  Basil has to wait but most herbs are sturdy and anxious to grow making right now a fine … More Farmgirl Gardening Series-Week 3 (Herbs and Roses)