How to Store Your Winter Squash

Winter Squash

If you recall from posts I made late last spring, we had a bumper crop of buttercup and butternut squash.  We even got a few acorn squashes.  It was a beautiful thing. Fast forward to now. Last week I went into my pantry to use a few of the buttercup squashes only … Read more

Watering the Garden to Conserve Water and Time

Watering the Garden to Conserve Water and Time

Getting enough water to your plants is a constant concern for any gardener.  Here in the desert, it is a particularly troubling problem.  However, after several years of gardening, I feel I am finally getting the hang of keeping my plants happily watered, even in the dead of summer. The key to … Read more

Introduction to Nitrogen in Your Garden

Introduction to Nitrogen in Your Garden

You may have noticed the letter NPK on bags of fertilizer or other organic matter in the past.  These letters stand for Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium (in that order) and these are essential nutrients for your garden and its plants. Of these three nutrients, nitrogen is often the one that is most difficult to get … Read more

Get to Know Your Squash

Get to Know Your Squash

Summer squash or winter squash – what side are you on? Personally, I love it all, as evidenced by my refrigerator’s vegetable bin.  It is completely full of summer squash right now and I’m constantly checking my winter squash on the vine for readiness.  I think we are going to be having … Read more

Solving Problems with Your Tomatoes

Solving Problems with Your Tomatoes

A post I wrote about growing great tomatoes was recently featured on the lovely blog Black Fox Homestead.  Here are part one and part two of that post. Having that post be brought up again got me thinking.  What if your tomatoes don’t turn out great?  What if you put in a bunch of effort and … Read more

Creating a Children’s Garden

Creating a Children’s Garden

There’s no doubt we’ve all done it.  You pinned an image on Pinterest and thought to yourself, “Self – you are going to do that awesome craft/activity/recipe/diet/homeschooling-thing this week! That is just too cool to forget about. We just can’t live another day without doing that!” And then, lo and behold, the … Read more

Improvising: Masonry Ladders for Plant Protection

Improvising Masonry Ladders for Plant Protection

Today was a day. It involved a rediscovery of termites, which are slowly eating away at our dear old house.  (Almost one hundred years this house has been here, and these darn termites choose NOW to start their destruction!?) It also involved taking kids to the doctor and having to get the … Read more

The Importance of Flowers

Picture of flowers in a field.

On taking a close look, the importance of flowers in nature and our lives is everywhere. From a declaration of emotions to food for insects to beauty: the world would be a much duller place without flowers. Flowers are also the best friend of your garden and our environment. Many of us … Read more

On Being a Patient Gardener

On Being a Patient Gardener

As I’ve mentioned in the past, we moved to our new home last November.  When we moved, we brought our raised beds and the dirt that we had been using in them with us.  It wasn’t easy.  It would have simplified our move if we had just left it all behind and … Read more