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"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -Tolkien

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 …

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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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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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  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.  …

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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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Now is a great time to take a summer herb walk.  Your first aid herbs await.  The skies have been so bright blue and warm and the evenings chilled with rain that the plants are overflowing with medicine and vigor. Our first stop is at the mullein plants.  This is one of our favorite herbs.  Every …

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