Yarrow New puppies arrived on the 19th!
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 [...]
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 [...]
Watch for it... Spring 2016!
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
"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 [...]
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 [...]