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Krystal’s 2015 Winter Garden Journal

September 8, 2015: During summer I discovered a terrific author, Caleb Warnock. He writes and teaches about the methods used by Utah’s pioneers, baking with wild yeast, and (this is the one that really opened my eyes) a book solely about winter gardening… using cold frames and hot beds, no heat or electricity, no expensive [...]

Month in Pictures- February 2016

cold frames dug out of the snow   lettuce seedlings that survived through... winter with no heat   American Milking Devon bull calf   Jasper- Brie's buckling   Opal- Brie's doeling we will keep   English Shepherd puppies!   more puppies [...]

New Blog Feature- “Month in Pictures”

I am starting a new blog feature called “Month in Pictures”.   It will be posted at the end of each month. Each post will most likely be wordless, and will feature Krystal's beautiful photography of life on and around the Ranch.   We hope you enjoy it!

Historic Plant Labels

Before the days of aluminum and plastic, how did gardeners label their plants? What on earth did Thomas Jefferson and George Washington do? Here are two 18th-century methods from Wesley Greene of Colonial Williamsburg: "I have come across an interesting reference to plant labels in instructions from George Washington to William Pierce, his manager at [...]

By |2015-05-14T15:33:22-07:00May 14th, 2015|Gardening, Homesteading, Ranch Life|0 Comments

The Sustainable Herbs Project

Medicinal herbs are very near and dear to my heart! As our family herbalist, I rely on ethically harvested, sustainably grown and processed herbs that we cannot grow ourselves. I just heard about a campaign to raise awareness of the sustainability of herbs, called The Sustainable Herbs Project. Click here to learn more about how [...]

By |2015-02-18T21:37:38-07:00February 18th, 2015|Gardening, herbs, Homesteading, Ranch Life, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Favorite Seed Catalogs

Yes it's that time of year! Lately, I find my mind wandering to spring planting of the kitchen garden, my mouth watering at the thought of the many heirloom vegetables to come. Of course, the seed catalogs arriving in the mail each week only encourage such dreaming and scheming! This list is the companies I [...]

By |2015-01-28T12:53:44-07:00January 28th, 2015|Gardening, Homesteading, Ranch Life|0 Comments

The Book Shelf

"Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning..." - The Farmers and Gardeners of Terre Vivante This is a wonderful book of fruit and vegetable preservation secrets collected from readers of the French organic gardening magazine Les Quatres Saisons du Jardinage (Four Season Gardening). The methods described date back literally hundreds of years, but are still in [...]

Roots for Fruit

We have a fruit orchard!!! It’s small at just six trees, but with just the two of us our needs are minimal. It should start to serve us well in two years’ time, with some to share. Perhaps we’ll add a couple more later on. There are two Manchurian crabapples, two Buckeye Gala apples, one [...]

By |2014-05-24T15:07:42-07:00May 24th, 2014|Gardening, Homesteading, Ranch Life|0 Comments