• Animals,  Farms,  Supporting Small Farms,  Vegetables

    Friday Farm Photos: Can I Share Your Farm?

    If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that we once owned a farm where we raised pastured, soy-free, corn-free chickens, hens for eggs, a few dairy cows, pigs, geese, ducks, turkeys & a pretty big garden. We worked really hard, and made some stupid, newbie mistakes along the way. Jumping into farming, without previous experience or education, is quite a learning curve! We had a quick, on-farm education and then the realization that we weren’t going to make it at farming any longer and had to sell our farm. See the photo above? It is one of my favorite shots of the land that was…

  • Farms,  Vegetables

    Where to Buy Vegetable Seeds

      I asked on Facebook, “where do you get your garden seeds?” And of course, since “everything I need to know, I learned from Facebook,” I decided to share this information with all of you! This is what people said: Adaptive Seeds Adaptive Seeds is located in Oregon, and they specialize in “artisan quality, public domain, open-pollinated seeds, grown without the use of synthetic chemicals and with ecologically mindful methods.” They sell a wide variety of vegetable, herb and fruit seeds. They offer bulk quantities of beans, grains, tomatoes and more. They sell garlic bulbs and a small selection of root crops. American Meadows American Meadows is located in Vermont,…

  • Farms,  Vegetables

    Organizing Your Gardening Supplies

    I know that there are lots of different methods for organizing gardening supplies. I thought I’d share mine today! In the photo above, you can see lots of garden goodies! On the left is the basket I carry with me every time I go out. In it, I keep plant labels, gloves, big packets of seeds (that are too large to fit in my other baskets), a sharpie, my garden calendar (I’ll post about this soon) and my cell phone. I got these 2 little baskets at the Dollar Tree: I keep all of my seeds in alphabetical order by type (not necessarily by name–all Beans are together, for example)…

  • Farms,  Vegetables

    Easy Spring Greens to Grow

    In the quest for self-sufficiency, it is best to start with growing foods that are easy to grow. This builds confidence in the homesteader. When you put simple, tiny seeds in the ground and then harvest lovely greens a few weeks later, you feel like “I can do this!” Not only that, but through little effort, you will be able to nourish your family. I planted all of these greens at the end of March. We did not have drip lines installed at that point, but it was still raining quite a bit here. Ever since early May, I have been harvesting a couple of salads per week off of these…

  • Farms,  Vegetables

    What’s in your compost?

    We purchased soil/compost mixtures from two different local companies last month. One of the products looks great. It’s got ground coconut shells, and ground up bark, and  an organic fertilizer. It is fine and free of clumps, and appears ready to plant in. We needed more soil on a Saturday, and the original place was closed. We should’ve had patience… Instead, we purchased from another local place. The price of their soil/compost mixture was about half the price. It didn’t contain the coconut shells, bark or fertilizer, but it was supposed to be clean soil with compost mixed in. The soil is chunky, with large clumps of dirt stuck together.…

  • Farms,  Vegetables

    How much should you plant in your garden to provide a year’s worth of food?

    Do you know how much your family eats in a year’s time? As a farmer’s wife, I am keenly aware of how much meat, poultry, eggs, honey and dairy we consume. Raising enough food to meet our own needs, as well as an abundance to sell is an integral part of our life. To be honest, it hasn’t been the same with vegetables. I’ve at least attempted a garden most of the years that we have been married. Some years, I was more successful than others. If I didn’t grow it, I bought some produce from local farmers and preserved some foods for the winter: salsa, canned tomatoes, strawberry jam,…

  • Farms,  Homeschooling,  Vegetables

    Planning the Garden with Kids

    It’s been snowing here this week (I know! In March!?), so it hardly seems like time to plan the garden. But the truth is, IT IS time to plan! So far, I have cauliflower, cabbage, celery and celery root plants in pots, and I’ve got more on my list to start this week (like kale and eggplant). We’ve had a “tractor guy” come till our field (the first tilling out of the three we plan to do this year), so we are getting ready! Our garden is huge–100 feet by 50 feet. And yet, not huge enough!! 🙂 It certainly won’t feed all 9 of us for a year–but we…

  • Farms,  Vegetables

    Gardening: The First Step

    (my pea seedling nearly two years ago…my first year of my own garden!) You are going to love this…the first step in starting a garden is dreaming about it! Easypeasy, right!?! Start thinking about where you would like to have a garden (if you have never had one)…even if it’s just in pots on a balcony or herbs near your kitchen sink window-let’s grow something together this year! Remind yourself that you can’t fail…although you might learn a few things the hard way! =) And look forward to the joy of receiving seed catalogs! They are GORGEOUS! Be sure to include your kids in choosing some seeds-the whole process is a wonderful learning…

  • Dinner,  Farms,  Full GAPS,  Recipes,  Vegetables

    What do you do with the last Zucchini?

    {photo credit} Are you tired of zucchini right now? I’m not. 😉 If you’re stuck in a rut and you don’t know what to do with the last of the zucchini from your garden, maybe this will help you!   Try some Zucchini Lasagna: Make some Zucchini Noodles. Serve them with Swedish Meatballs or beef & spaghetti sauce. Make some Quiche with zucchini in it. Try Zucchini Muffins instead of Carrot Muffins. Or better yet, go half & half! Make Italian Chicken Lettuce Wraps and sub zucchini for the yellow squash. Have dessert! Try Auston’s Happy Cake! This post was shared at Real Food Wednesday and Works for Me Wednesday…

  • Farms,  Vegetables

    I love my garden!

    I have been spending a lot of time in the garden. I got to thinking, really, who needs INSANITY when you’ve got one of these:   Seriously? Yesterday I think I spent about 5 hours using something like this (mine isn’t this exact one, but close!). This kind of tool is AMAZING for getting out big clumps of weeds. It’s much faster than sitting down, hand-digging. I will use mine on an entire row, and then go back and sit down & pull out the (super easy to pull out) weed clumps that it made for me. I LOVE this tool! Remember a few weeks ago when I said that God was…