After the birth of my third child, I got sick. I had a lot of post-partum depression and anxiety and then my stomach revolted. I would wake up in the morning, eat, and soon after have so much stomach pain I couldn’t stand up. The same routine happened almost everyday for months. When you have a 4 year old, 2 year old, and baby, laying on the couch all day just isn’t an option. My first three are very active boys so you can imagine the difficulty of the situation… (Read More)Read More
Before we talk about ways to test your soil PH, I want to explain why.
Testing your ph is essential to a healthy and thriving garden. Most vegetables and fruits grow in a ph of 6.0-7.0. However, some plants like asparagus for example like more base soil, Ph 6.5-7.5. And on the opposite end of the spectrum you have blueberries that love the ph to be right at 5.0 or a little under.
Having the proper ph for your plants allows nutrients to be able to be absorbed by the plant. No matter how much n-p-k and micronutrients are in your soil they can’t be properly absorbed without the correct ph… (Read More)Read More
Planning a garden to feed us year round is quite a job for a family of six! It’s a little more complicated than it should be because I’m working in a tight space with intensive planting.
I do a four year rotation for my plant groups for the most part. Below are the plants I group together:
Lettuce and Friends- Friends being carrots, peas, onions
By “group together” I don’t mean they are all in one group in the garden. I just make sure that anything in the squash family doesn’t go into the same area for four years. And I’ll just say right here that 4 year rotation is the goal, however, it doesn’t always happen… (Read more)Read More
About five years ago, I started doing soil blocks for the majority of my seeds. I use Eliot Coleman’s recipe. This recipe can be used for both soil blocking and regular seed starting in any other container. Because the recipe belongs to Eliot Coleman, I have not posted ratios on my blog. However, the full recipe can be found on Johnny’s Seeds website HERE. Johnny’s Seeds and Eliot Coleman collaborate on many projects.
I also highly recommend his book, The New Organic Grower, which has the soil block recipe noted above and a mini block recipe. The book is worth it just for the soil block recipes. In addition to that Eliot Coleman is a gardening genius and it has tons of other gems in the book as well. [Read More…]
This year, I told Cameron all I wanted for Christmas was the Baker Creek Seed Catalog. They send out a small one for free but I wanted the bigger one because I like to read all the articles too. All the waiting made the gift more worthwhile. I spent most of Christmas Day pouring over the catalog and my other favorites which I had already received…[Read More]Read More
Caring for your asparagus at the end of the season is an important step to a healthy crop next year. Where I live, this is especially important as my plants are prone to asparagus rust and we have so many asparagus beetles…Read More