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Plowing The Garden

Plowing The Garden On May 1

Last evening the ground was dry enough to plow our large vegetable garden. The soil in the garden is dark and rich. That because for 139 years every generation of my husband’s family has applied wagon loads of cow, horse, pig, mule, sheep, pig, goat and chicken manure to it. The kind of manure always…

Hardwood Ashes Grow Tall Asparagus

Tall Asparagus

Asparagus grow tall and healthy in my garden. I think it’s because the rows of asparagus are never weeded. And because they are top dressed with up to 8” of hardwood ashes from my wood fired stoves all winter long – year in and year out. Hardwood ashes are a rich source of potassium and…

New Digs For Pigs

New Digs For Pigs

Now that spring has arrived, Gladys and Petunia have been moved from a life confined to the barn to a life outdoors. The butcher has been called and their days are literally numbered. For the last couple weeks of their existence, Gladys and Petunia will be temporarily residing in our large vegetable garden.  For the…

Borage – A Popular And Beautiful Potherb

Borage In Early Summer

Borage is an annual herb with coarse hairy leaves and stems. It grows between 2 to 3 feet tall and often spreads as wide. Borage (Borago officinalis) is also known as “starflower” and is sometimes called “bee bread”. That’s because of the sky-blue star shaped flowers and because borage is a bee magnet. The honey…

Growing Dish Towels In The Garden

Tied Flax Shock Against Fence Post

A couple of days ago I harvested the flax that I planted in the early spring. This year’s flax crop did very well because we’ve had plenty of rain. Lots of moisture is of benefit when growing flax. But rain is also a benefit to unwanted garden weeds. The flax plot this year was very…