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Moving A Rose Garden

Rose Garden In Early Spring

My husband and I have decided to increase the fenced area around our barn and farmyard. It’s a good idea and will make better use of the space. The only problem is that my small rose garden is in the way. So I’ve decided to dismantle the rose garden and move it somewhere else. We’ve…

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…

Kitchen Herb Garden

Kitchen Herb Garden Located Within In Easy Distance To Kitchen

I keep a small kitchen herb garden right off my front porch. It’s a convenient location. While I’m cooking if I need fresh parsley, basil, sage, rosemary, mint or any other herb, it’s just a quick trip out the door. Kitchen herb gardens that backup to a house or any other building, in general do…

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…

Foxgloves

Foxgloves Blooming

Foxgloves are blooming along the hill in the pasture beneath my house. They are escapees from my flower garden from a time long ago when I used to grow them. I’ve often thought about moving a few of them back into my flower garden, but I don’t do it because they could never look as…

Aphids – What They Are & Ways To Control Them

Aphids On Roses

I noticed the other day that my rose bushes have aphids. WHAT’S AN APHID? Aphids, sometimes called plant lice, are very small sap sucking insects. There are many different species of aphids and they come in different sizes. Aphids may be green, red, brown, black and sometimes a fuzzy white or gray. All aphids no…

Grow It –Then Eat It: Spinach Pies

Spinach Pie

I never met a spinach pie that I didn’t like. And with the usually cool spring we’re having here in the US this year, we may be looking at a bonanza spinach crop in home gardens all across America. Spinach pies are one of my favorite ways to use fresh spinach.  There are a lot…

A Small Plot Of Flax For Home Grown Linen

A Small Plot Sown In Flax

In spite of all the moving/not moving craziness, I managed to sow a small plot of flax for cloth . The variety that I planted this year is called “Marylin”. From first sowing the seed to harvest is about 100 days. I used a garden spreader to sow the flax seed instead of just broadcasting…

No Good Comes From Rabbits In The Garden

Baby Bunnies From From A Plowed Up Rabbit's Nest

So sad. The 4 little bunnies in the above photo are a casualty of this year’s spring planting. While running the tractor and cultivator over our large garden a rabbit’s nest was turned up. Seems momma rabbit decided that a windrow of barn manure at the edge of the garden was a good place for…

Reasons To Use A Broadfork In Your Garden

Using A Broadfork In The Garden

A broadfork is a low tech garden tool. It is sometimes called a “U-bar” because of the square shape. The broadfork is used primarily to break open the earth to allow aeration and deeper soil penetration for better plant root development without an undue disturbance to the basic soil structure. It will not destroy earthworms…