The Great Mulch Project

I have big plans for the garden. First, I’m going to lightly till as soon as the grass is dormant. Then I’m going to mulch and let it over-winter before sowing a cover crop in the Spring. I’m also integrating hugelkultur. But, back to the mulch. I have an abundance of leaves out here. I’m…

Growing Techniques – The Garden

When we first moved to our four acres from the suburbs, we had some great expectations. I was raised in the country with an orchard and garden and many acres that needed maintained so I knew how much work it would be. We had visions of a huge, bountiful garden providing us food, ripe, juicy…

It’s a Beautiful Day on the Farm!

After nearly a month of rain in May we had a short drying out period before Tropical Depression Bill hit us. We received more heavy rain for about three days. The sunset last Thursday evening was a little taste of brighter things to come. Over the weekend we mowed and weed eated until it was…

Too Much of a Good Thing

The rain did not stay gone for long. Normally, this would be very welcome rain water for our garden, grapevines, peach trees, and our fields of green. However, we all know that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing and that is where we are at today. Oklahoma has received record…

Lambsquarter – Nutrient Dense Food, Medicine and More

Cultivation Lambsquarter grows wild and we have an abundant supply here. I recently harvested a bag full of young leaves from our garden. It is comparable to Spinach in many ways. Compared to Spinach, Lambsquarter is higher in calcium, protein, and fiber.  This link compares raw Lambsquarter with raw Spinach in detail. The young tender…

Most Wonderful Time of the Year & Dandelions

There is a different energy accompanying Spring and we naturally are in sync with it, we just may not realize it. Even during nice days throughout the Winter when I could have gone out and worked, you know, got a little ahead, I just didn’t feel like it. I worried that maybe come Spring, I…

Sustainable Gardening

With Summer upon us, though you wouldn’t know it today as it is rainy and cool, I am planning for Fall. We increased our garden size this year but had not planted the new section. A voluntary massive pumpkin plant popped up only to be devoured by an army of squash bugs. The other section…

Has Spring Sprung?

I believe it has! The birds say so, the flies say so, and some old tulip bulbs that had been in a jar in the shed, unwatered with no light yet still sprouted, also say so. I put them in the ground yesterday. This was the scene just a week ago. We had just experienced…

Thoughts on Gardening

It is about time to start some seeds indoors. This is a challenge for me as I have no space to do so. Until we have a greenhouse, I have to direct plant my seeds. This can prove to be frustrating and unfruitful at times so I have to learn to work with it. I…