• Garden

    January Garden – #growing50in2020

    It’s time for the first update for my #growing50in2020 self given challenge. A few weeks ago we realized that it was time to start the seeds that need to germinate 12 weeks before the last frost date. How are we at that point all ready? On the day I’m writing this there is snow on the ground and quite frankly I could go for even a bit more snow! The 3 items that needed to be started this early are: yarrow, bunching onions, and pink celery. That’s right, pink celery! I’m desperately hoping the celery from seed does better than a transplant my neighbor gave me a few years ago.…

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    New Gardening Challenge and Our Garden Spaces

    This year we are embarking in a fun new adventure #growing50in2020 It’s an attempt to grow 50+ new to us flowers and veggies. Some are new varieties of foods or flowers we’ve grown in the past. Others are plants that are 100% new to our garden. Some we have grown before but we have never tried growing them from seed. Are you ready to follow along on the adventure? What can you expect? Regular updates here on the blog in journal format with plenty of pictures. You will see the real life successes and of course any failures, I mean learning opportunities. *wink* Additionally you can follow me on Instagram…

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    Cut Garden Additions for 2020

    If you have read the last two posts in this mini-series then you know which are my favorite blooms from the cut garden this past year and which didn’t make the cut for the upcoming year. Now it’s time to share what we will be adding to the cut garden for the upcoming year. Some are new additions to our mini-farm and others are a completely new experiment for us. Love Lies Bleeding Amaranth I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for this beauty. Those long, droopy blooms are dreamy. I have heard that it is relatively easy to start from seed, so that is what…

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    Cut Garden Missteps

    Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. Henry Ford Unfortunately not every garden endeavor is a success. And that was the case in the new cut garden this year. There were a host of reasons why some plants simply did not have a fruitful year. And others did fantastic but they were not a good variety for cutting. So in the interest of sharing both the success and the flops here in our little mini-farm and garden here is the list of flowers that will not be returning to my cut garden this year. If you want to read about the plants we grew for…

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    Cut Garden Successes

    Years before we lived on acreage and years before we were even edible landscaping, I wanted a cut garden. In a magazine, I saw a cut garden comprised of all bulbs at varying levels and different blooming times. I was in love. Hubby said to pick a spot and he would build a raised bed for me and we would accumulate the bulbs over time… because: newlywed’s budget. ’nuff said. But 15 years would go by till we had the space and time to dedicate to it. Then last year something beautiful happened. We had the chickens clear and fertilize a patch of grass off the deck and then the…

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    Garden Journal – October

    Once again autumn has arrived and it’s time to start shutting down the gardens in preparation for winter. Although there is some sense of finality to that, the reality is that as we are working on pathways and as we lay out new boundaries for the windmill garden we find ourselves scheming and dreaming about what next year will look like. We’ve already decided there are several things we want to do differently next year along with the ever growing list of things that we want to try for the first time next year. Our windmill garden successes included the potato harvest, the garlic harvest, having enough apples to make…

  • Farmlife,  Garden,  Summer

    Garden Journal – September

    We harvested honey recently and it turns out that we had way more that we expected. It was 92 pounds. Oh my word! We were quite unprepared for that much honey, so currently every stock pot I own and a large metal bowl are full of honey… and that is besides the 5 gallon honey bucket that is already full to the brim! No complaints though. We are thankful for the abundance of honey. The summer garden is quickly coming to an end. Here in the gorgeous pacific northwest the leaves are changing color and we are already having to bundle up a bit to keep safe from the cooler…

  • Garden,  Summer

    Garden Journal – August

    Well if July was crazy busy than August was even worse. But in a good way. So much fun… but oh so little sleep. Once again we hosted several events (hey, we have to take advantage of the sun while it’s here in the beautiful PNW!) Two of those special events were are a birthday party for my wonderful mom and our sweet daughter’s minnie mouse birthday party with friends and family. It was a sea of red, black, white and polka dots. She was beaming from ear to ear. When we moved to this beautiful home with acreage our intent was to host events here as often as we…

  • Garden,  Summer

    Garden Journal – July

    Good grief was July ever busy! That’s OK, but it certainly did cut into how often I could dedicate time to the blog. Between either co-hosting an event at someone’s home or hosting events at our home, every weekend was taken up. Fortunately the garden was at a place where it needed water, occasional deadheading and some harvesting. Other than that all other projects could wait if necessary. Except for the zucchini. It stops growing for no one. No joke, I picked one that came up to my knee when upright. My knee, people. The chickens got to enjoy that one. In other news, the cut garden is perking up…

  • Farmlife,  Garden,  Summer

    Garden Journal – June Week 4

    Well the garden seems to be kicking it into full gear, but ever so slowly for some reason. Maybe I’m impatient. No, couldn’t be that right? ( says the world’s most impatient gardener ever.) But I digress. Between the luscious peonies and sweet orange roses that are blooming, there is another little flower that is popping up in the windmill garden (main veggie garden) and it makes the perfect compliment to every posy that graces my table. There it is: sweet little Scabiosa. I do believe that Scabiosa, or pincushion flower as it is commonly known, is a beauty that I need at least 25 more plants of. If you…