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The Good Life On Pumpkin Hollow Farm

Every year’s garden is different. As soon as you think you have it figured out, the next year throws you for a loop.  This is why becoming a professional farmer can cause severe anxiety issues.  There is no control.  Over anything!  Here in our three community garden plots we are simply trying to feed ourselves …

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“Here we go corn, here we go!” clap clap “Here we go corn, here we go!” stomp stomp.  My cheerleading days come in handy around here.  The corn is indeed up to my knee.  The sweet corn will likely make it before the season ends!  Some of the popcorn is up to Maryjane’s knee and …

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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 …

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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 …

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One thing to remember while gardening in the high plains is that one needs to add a full 2-4 weeks onto the supposed harvest date on the seed packets.  I have never had a radish ready in 21 days.  I’ll tell you that much.  So, when planting seeds make sure you add an extra few …

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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 …

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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 …

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lab·y·rinth ˈlab(ə)ˌrinTH/ noun noun: labyrinth; plural noun: labyrinths 1. a complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze. “a labyrinth of passages and secret chambers” synonyms: maze, warren, network, complex, web, entanglement “a labyrinth of little streets” 2. Anatomy a complex structure in the inner …

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In winter,  you might find a child riding a zebra or a toddler on a horse.  Perhaps you’d like to sit with Santa or drink hot chocolate.  We choose our perfect Christmas tree and haul it home happily in the season. In spring this same place is a gardener’s best friend.  Heirloom seeds abound, many …

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I’ll admit, one of the good things about having so much time on my hands is that my creative side has been busy.  I am so pleased to introduce my two new books that we will release simultaneously.  I would love to see you come to my store next Saturday to meet or visit with …

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