Archive for the 'garden & farm' Category

Raised beds, or wanna-be hugels

Monday, March 28th, 2016

I just finished reading one of my most favorite gardening books to date: Guys, I almost didn’t buy this book. I saw it and thought “oh, I have enough gardening books,” but then I saw Bonsall speak at this past bionutrient conference and he cracked me up! And then after hearing him speak and feeling bombarded […]

Greenhouse, at last

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Have I still never shown you the finished greenhouse? It’s been done since the beginning of March, for crying out loud. It’s positioned purposely over the kitchen door and window. I can walk right out into my garden. And when it’s hot in there, as it gets every time we have a good period of sun, […]

Greens for the girls

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

I feel so bad for the hens in winter. The ground is frozen and hard to scratch, there are no bugs to be found, and there’s certainly nothing green. Chickens are crazy about greens. They’ll tear up your garden, quick; in fact once I let them out there in the Fall they make short work of […]

Oyster inoculation, 3, 2, 1…. go?

Monday, March 7th, 2016

It took me a couple days to get around to it, but I did eventually take my jars of sterilized coffee grounds and add the oyster mushroom base to them. I chopped the biggest “root ball” up into pieces and layered those lasagne-style with coffee grounds. The smaller root base I just “planted” with its little […]

Artificial Spring

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

One of the main factors that can speed or inhibit germination of seeds is the temperature of the soil. You can sow peas as early as you like, there are even some people who broadcast them over the snow – but if their environment isn’t to their liking, they’ll remain stubbornly dormant until it warms […]

Homemade Geosolar

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Remember how I was saying I was hoping to get some energy stored in the thermal mass of the garden bed, so that it could slowly release heat at night? Chewing on that problem reminded me of a video by Geoff Lawton done on a greenhouse in Canada. They keep their greenhouse warm enough to […]

A fungal experiment

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

I bought a huge clump of oyster mushrooms in the store a couple days ago. Josh and I refer to them as the beef jerky of the plant world – when crispy-fried in olive oil with just a sprinkle of sea salt and a dash of soy sauce glazed onto them at the last minute, […]

Greenhouse is finished!

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

Man, I’ve been doing a terrible job keeping this blog up to date! I finished the greenhouse (well, “finished”… I still need to do a bit of caulking, and there’s one or two screws I’m waiting for Josh to get because I can’t reach, but hey it’s functional!) a week or so ago. I spent […]

1/3 of the way through

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Bright and early I went out to check how the animals had all done through the heavy snows Friday night. The snow was almost up to my knees and kept falling in small, gentle flakes. The morning was beautiful. The air had that sweet, clear feeling that only happens after a big snowfall. I was so glad I […]

Greenhouse dreamin’

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

I’ve wanted a greenhouse for the longest time. One of the things I miss most about gardening in California is the ability to grow nearly all year long, and especially grow things that need warmer climates like olives and oranges. As I write this it’s well into the heaviest snow of the year and even daytime temperatures haven’t […]