Planting Fall Crops in Pots

I am having fun in my friends’ greenhouse but even if you don’t have a greenhouse, or a garden, or a house even, you can still get some fall crops.  For some crops it is too late in the season, we should expect a frost next month (really? already?!) but you can buy a little time with a greenhouse or cold frame or south facing living room window.  Almost all the crops I planted will be ready before the frost hits and the ones that don’t could be brought indoors and placed into a south window.  Planting in pots is … Continue reading Planting Fall Crops in Pots

The Portable Garden

I have written about gardening in pots before.  I love them and I know how handy they can be.  A half bag of potting soil, a reclaimed three or five gallon bucket (they give them away for free at the bakery counter in grocery stores) with a few holes drilled in the bottom, and a packet of seeds is all you need. The sides protect the seeds from being blown away.  Birds and other seed lovers don’t seem to find the loose seeds in a pot.  Water each day if dry a few inches down.  When our friend called and … Continue reading The Portable Garden

Creating a Three Sisters Garden (anywhere)

I am the self proclaimed queen of putting in a garden anywhere.  At our last house the sandy, gravelly, ant hill of a driveway became a lush corn field and herb spiral.  The front yard became a three sisters garden.  The side yard held myriads of delicious orbs and buckets held treasures of vegetables as well.  Here at our new rented farm we didn’t have a place to put the pumpkin patch.  Lordy, how can we be Pumpkin Hollow Farm without pumpkins?  There is a 650 square foot garden fenced in for all of our seeds to set up shop.  … Continue reading Creating a Three Sisters Garden (anywhere)

Rainy Days, Worries, Manifesting, and Farming

The rain has been gently coming down for days.  It will continue today.  My cold crop seeds, parsnips, potatoes, garlic, onions, radishes, mustard, stir fry greens, spinach, Swiss chard, snow, snap, and Alaskan peas, pak choi, carrots, beets, lettuce, herbs, all these things stay in their blanket of fresh soil and the water will rejuvenate them into life.  The rain dampens my heart just a bit.  A sliver of warm sun would do me good but perhaps this rain will wash away my worries. Oh, we all have worries.   I take them as a waver in faith.  I know all … Continue reading Rainy Days, Worries, Manifesting, and Farming

Creating Your Own Mini Greenhouse to Start Seeds

Getting a jump start on the season is always a good idea.  I have had my trials and errors with seed starting over the years and have often ended up purchasing large tomato and pepper plants to put in the ground.  This year I am going back to the way I used to start seeds a long time ago and that always worked well for me.  I had given it up because of my lack of success transplanting them (that was before I knew you were supposed to water more than once a week!) and went on to more professional … Continue reading Creating Your Own Mini Greenhouse to Start Seeds

Spring Time Lambs, Seminars, Seeds, and Farming

We were driving home and heard a commercial on the radio for the Southern Colorado Sustainability and Outdoor Living Expo for this weekend.  We are participating in it so were glad to hear ads for it going out.  They named off different topics that were being spoken about at the fair.  It took me a minute to figure out they were naming off what I was speaking about at the fair!  I started giggling.  I changed my life.  I used to be invited to speak about herbalism.  Which I love, and is fine, but I want to be an herbalist for us … Continue reading Spring Time Lambs, Seminars, Seeds, and Farming