Rat Battle

On the surface, our garden looks healthy. We have lots growing. There are lots of flowers. Things get fertilized. We have good soil. We have good irrigation. Good light, good soil, good seed. That’s a winning strategy in most gardens. You’d think we are doing quite well. You’d be wrong. This year we’ve lost the…… Continue reading Rat Battle

Native Soil

Why am I showing you a picture of dirt?  I’m showing you this dirt because I made it. It’s important to me. It’s no ordinary dirt. This dirt has a story to tell. As I’ve shared before, our family is on a journey transforming our yard, from something chemically controlled and non-native to something organic…… Continue reading Native Soil

The J.R. Organics Farm Tour

Three and a half years ago I got a CSA membership with J.R. Organics for Christmas. We’ve stuck with it and we’re glad we have. If you’re looking to eat healthier and want to develop a relationship between what you put in your mouth with the actual people who grow the food, a CSA is…… Continue reading The J.R. Organics Farm Tour

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Garden Update

This is our 3rd spring with a garden. Our skills are definitely improving. Here’s a quick rundown of how it’s going. Carrots – We tried a different, more exotic variety this year. They didn’t do anything. It’s time to tear up that spot and plant some beans. Chards – This is our first time with…… Continue reading Garden Update

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The last couple of weeks have been stressful. Work stuff piled up as an ever growing to-do list was at war with two very firm deadlines. Stress built, tension built, and I was an emotional wreck. One day last week I started working at 6:00 am and largely sat in the same place steadily working…… Continue reading Weeds

Time Lapse Video: Backyard Hummingbirds

A few weeks ago we hung this little hummingbird feeder. We were amazed to discover that the hummingbirds (who nest in a tree in our backyard) discovered it within hours. Maybe it makes me sound old or stupid? But I don’t care. I love watching these amazing creatures in my backyard. And I love watching…… Continue reading Time Lapse Video: Backyard Hummingbirds

To Eat More, Guess Less

Kristen and I are completing our first year of transforming our backyard into an organic garden. The first year has been full of fun harvests and humiliating defeats. If we’ve learned anything about gardening in the first year it is this principle: To eat more, you need to guess less. We’ve learned that when we…… Continue reading To Eat More, Guess Less