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 … Continue reading Supporting Your Local Nursery (a field trip to Holly Acres)
The very first step is to sit with the land for a moment. See which animals share that space. See what weeds (or rather, medicinal herbs) are there. What are the challenges? What are the benefits? Then measure the space. Draw … Continue reading Farmgirl Gardening Series (Planning and Prepping-Week 1)
I have been listening to lectures and reading about seed saving. It is something I have wanted to do, but then at the end of the season I either get lazy, run out of time, or run out of plants … Continue reading The Romance and History of Seed Saving (now how the heck do I do it?)
Autumn may be my favorite time of year but this month sure is close. To spend all day with my hands covered in dirt planting seeds that will become food is my favorite pastime. Not until my tired post-Winter body … Continue reading Pumpkin Hollow Farm
I was going to plant all the cold crops around St. Patrick’s day. I heard you could. But then I thought maybe we were moving so I didn’t. Turns out I would have killed off everything if I had! I think my friend/teacher/Master Gardener is determined to make a proper farmgirl out of me and help me actually grow stuff. (As a proper farmgirl should be able to provide food for her family and not just adorable stunted plants that could feed gnomes.) Our lesson last week started with me telling her about my cold crop planting plans and she asked, “Did you … Continue reading Not Killing Cold Crops
When I told the owner of Miller Farms, Joe, at his birthday party a few months ago that I wanted to be a farmer, he looked at me with a mix of pity and humor. Apparently grown women don’t run around dreaming of being a farmer when they grow up. The rest of the farm hands laughed too. The grumpy farmer at the farmer’s market asked why I would want to do such a thing? It’s hard work. I have never been afraid of hard work. In fact, I dislike days that there is no work. I have to keep … Continue reading Will the Real Farmgirl Please Stand Up?