Gardening

Starting seed potatoes and why we do it on Good Friday

Seed potatoes are traditionally planted on Good Friday, so I thought I’d share a potato post for anyone thinking about planting potatoes this spring. Also, I would like to note that this whole planting potatoes on Good Friday thing is just a tradition dating to way back when. Way back when, potatoes were a rather new thing in Europe. Way…

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Gardening, Rural life

Triumph and defeat in the garden

I’ve never had much luck with starting seeds indoors. Every year I look at the cost of a packet of seeds in comparison to started plants at the nursery and decide to try again. And every year I think that in future I should save the money and frustration and just plan to buy the started plants at the nursery…

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Gardening

The importance of site selection in organic gardening

I feel like I’m sort of stating the obvious here, but sometimes the obvious needs to be said. You know those plant tags that come stuck in the soil of potted plants? They’re there for a reason. They tell you really neat things like how often your plant wishes to be fertilized, whether it likes sunny locations or prefers shade,…

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Chickens, Gardening

Free chicken treats, or Organic June bug control

I left the children’s water table under a porch light the other night and woke to my walkway carpeted with June bugs. I thought what any chicken owner would think: FREE FOOD! My chickens were delighted. So the next night I made sure the water table was parked there and placed a bucket under our other porch light. Suddenly I’m…

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Gardening, Rural life

Preparing the garden

First, we planned a beautiful garden on paper. A garden that would provide a significant source of food for our family. A garden big enough that we’re going to have to buy another freezer to store the harvest in, if we ever get the harvest planted. Then we plowed. It was April. A little late to get started since I…

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