Harvesting Mulberries

I have a sneaking suspicion most people in Iowa don’t actually harvest Mulberries. Mulberries are an unassuming little fruit, that grow like weeds on trees, and have a very light sugary flavor once the tree is developed. Younger mulberry trees produce tart fruit, that have a little kick to them. Continue reading “Harvesting Mulberries”


The Way of the Universe 

Five zucchini plants, trying their darnedest to survive the heat and flower.

One day last week, as the sweat rolled down into my eyes as I was trying to count the remaining sweet corn in the latest row I was weeding, I sat up exasperated. There were two. There were two surviving corn plants in a row of twelve. TWO.

I looked around me at the very black soil and sighed. Of the five rows of sweet corn, only about a dozen ears had germinated and were growing.  Continue reading “The Way of the Universe “


2017 Garden Update I

I’m already dreading the weeds.
Y’all last year the weeds were such an obnoxious issue. And with mostly blank, black soil, those little bastards are poking through every day.

The nettles are awful. I’ve been killing them with Dawn dish soap and vinegar before pulling them to avoid being stung by their…well their…stinging nettles…whatever part it is that actually stings. But the wee little besties have still managed to get at me through garden gloves and dead leaves.  Continue reading “2017 Garden Update I”


Cheap Compost Bin 

In last week’s post, I briefly mentioned that I have been trying to be more economical. In fact, the phrase waste not want not was my New Year’s Resolution. Despite approaching the month of April, I haven’t lost track of chanting my mantra to keep my spirits up and really follow through on this goal.

That means doing whatever you have to to utilize free materials and reuse old materials and only spend money you absolutely have to spend.

After starting my little seeds (broccoli is already sprouting!), my next qwest was a compost bin.  Continue reading “Cheap Compost Bin “