Hugelkultur Gardening

Hugelkultur gardens.  Heck, that is just fun to say!  This German word means “hill culture”.  It is an easy form of raised beds.  Some beds can be seven feet tall! Logs and branches are your foundation. We have branches piled up behind the chicken coop.  Doug was going to use them for firewood, but I … More Hugelkultur Gardening

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 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)

Walking the Labyrinth

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 … More Walking the Labyrinth