Normally a plant suited to longer growing seasons than the piddly one Alberta affords, I thought my Japanese indigo would flounder, spindly stalks reaching for a sun that evaded them. But it’s doing pretty well here! I have three other pots of indigo, and the plants aren’t as impressive as the one in the picture, […]
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Ironically enough, we made a ton of progress after yesterday’s chickpea takeover confession. Next step: mulch the crap out of it. And look at this pretty little harvest! Not enough to do anything other than enjoy as sweet little pops of flavour, but there are more every year. Happy summer!
For three years, we have been promising ourselves a couple of fruit trees. And each year the chore list is long. Tree-buying, for which we would have to actually venture away from the farm, slips to the bottom of our priorities when we’ve got so much that keeps us here. When’s the best time to […]
In the 1970s, it was a wood-heated hot tub. It was used a handful of times, deemed to be too inefficient, and then became a place for storing random objects. We cleaned it out last year, and Nathan of the dead-tree-and-random-animal-poop raised bed affiliation (see the squash growing here) started piling organic matter inside it. […]
It always seems to arrive here so late, but it does return eventually. At first it is just a tinge of colour in the dead grass, but in just a few weeks, you can make out the leaves and stems of new growth. Before long there are actual sightings of plant life, the cheerful ta-da! […]
Pussy willows: Chickens helping us work fresh nutrients into the garden: Fencing for goats (something tells me this will be an infinite task): Sorting the wool harvest! I think this is Clementine: And, because this IS Alberta… the occasional snowstorm.
Our tomatoes are flowering! We started them from seed in March, but they were still pretty puny as of a few weeks ago. So puny, in fact, that we feared our summer would be tragically home-grown-tomatoless. They’ve since shot up admirably, and the blossoms are a hopeful sign that we’ll have at least one jar […]
Spinach is coming up in our sheet mulch bed! I’m so glad we planted early. Should be able to harvest the first batch in a couple of weeks. We are taking old things to the dump! It’s part of our front-of-barn re-purposing project. This was part of a wood-fired hot tub built a few decades […]
I first learned about no-till gardening via my hero, Farmama, in a lovely post about the way it’s changed their whole farming method. Mark was pretty pumped about it too. I think he read Masanobu Fukuoka’s book in a week. The premise is mind-blowingly simple: humans try to turn growing food into an ordered, scientific […]
“One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of the March thaw, is the spring.”–Aldo Leopold, Sand County Almanac I saw my first geese of the year two weeks ago, on our way home from work right before the awful March blizzards. They were flying high above the […]