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”
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 “
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”
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 “
This is the year. The year I have a real garden and proximity to make said garden real.
In the previous two garden attempts, I purchased small plants and sewed some seeds directly into the dirt. Continue reading “Garden Goals”
Having water means one thing to me.
I am so excited for the produce this year. Continue reading “The Slightly Larger Garden”
It was a tough decision. Actually not really, I’m pretty good about making decisions quickly and feeling good about my judgement.
The little itty bitty garden I had last year did show me that I could make living things continue to live. It was not as difficult to garden as I worried it might be. Continue reading “Garden Sabbatical”
The great walnut harvest of 2014 has begun! And I think I’ve got my technique down. Do you ever wonder why nuts cost a lot of money? (Black Walnuts cost up to $25 a pound at the store). It’s because getting to the meat of nuts it’s a complicated process. Continue reading “The Walnut Harvest”
Please proceed to photos of the things I have grown. I truly believe the earth grew these things as I did nothing (and I am quite serious here) special to sustain their life other than some watering and weeding.
Gardening is much easier than I ever thought. I am vastly looking forward to some more major gardening next year. Continue reading “Harvest”
The most exciting day of my life happened not long ago. Keep in mind, it does not take much to make me happy.
I was in the way at the construction site. Continue reading “Life’s a Bowl of Berries”