Starting Seeds

It is time for starting seeds. Several ways to do this. My favorite is Winter sow. It is the easiest way ever, for starting seeds! A few weeks ago I prepared my containers, planted them and placed ¬†them in the garden. ¬†Today’s seedlings are Lettuce, chard, beets and leeks and they are¬†already hardened off! They are ready to be planted into the garden soil. Here are the little Swiss chard seedlings in their new spot.

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Spring already? A bloom tour of the rest of the garden.

It is mid February , and acting like Spring! ¬†Flowers are blooming! Fruit trees are leafing out and budding up. One of the Peach trees is in bloom. ¬†Scary …. you know a hard freeze will come and wipe out the peaches. Hopefully none of the new Food Forest trees will leaf out.

Peachtree in bloom

Peachtree in bloom

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Chicken damage in the garden!

Hummmm, chicken damage to my broccoli plants!

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Greenhouse decor – a picture tour

Winter! Everything outside is dull and dreary. Then¬†you step into the Greenhouse …….The Meyer Lemon is perfuming the air……..

Meyer Lemon blooms

( that is chickweed growing on the floor among the pea gravel – that is OK – it is nice green chicken feed)¬†And ………….

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“Winter Sow” Seed Starting for early Spring crops

WINTER SOW SEED STARTING. My favorite way to start seeds in the Winter for early¬†Spring crops. ¬†Just spend a little time preparing your containers, filling with dirt, plant seeds and set them out in the garden and neglect them! Nature will tell them when it is time to come up! No constant misting, heat pads and grow lights. ¬†And they harden themselves off.¬† Here¬†is a step by step…

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The Kitchen compost pail is full again!

A stainless steel compost pail with a lid sits on the kitchen counter. I bought it from Lee Valley years ago. I have been doing a lot of Winter cooking. Tried my hand at Borscht the other day, lots of scrapes!

What goes in the compost bucket? Anything compostable – except meat. We scrape our plates into it. Strawberry tops, banana peels, egg shells, coffee grounds, stale bread, and ¬†“that broccoli that hid in the fridge”. Then it is taken to the garden and either the chickens get it or the worm bin and sometimes …….. Continue reading

Age Friendly Garden is almost Finished!

OK, I am 75 years old now. I can no longer do the field hand work. I needed an age friendly garden. Here is what I did. It works! It is easy to maintain and I love it! Not quite finished. Still have a couple more beds to create……..

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Chickens in the Greenhouse

A arctic blast was predicted. 15 degrees! This is the South you know! My  poor chickens will freeze. We humans have been puny with some kind of cold thing the last two weeks. So,  I did not get the chicken house insulated.  It is the first winter with this new chicken house. A cute design Рbut, shoddy material. Thin pine boards. I had put pressure treated  1x6s under the bottom of the sides. Thin little pine boards would be rotten in no time.

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