Early Summer Garden 2017

                    The summer garden is at that lovely and anticipating time when flowers are blooming and fruits are ripening.  I didn’t really have time for it, but I planted lots of flowers – zinnias, hollyhocks, Tithonia, marigolds and cosmos in the flower beds in front of…

Welcoming Summer

This week brings some very, very busy days in the garden.  Our garden is almost a full acre, but parts of it are always left fallow.  The size of the garden/fallow area is up to how busy or ambitious I am during planting-time.  This year we have plans to cultivate most of the garden space. There’s…

A Garden Interview With Douglas And PJ Worth

  This garden interview is with my friend PJ Worth and her dad Doulgas Worth.  PJ has grown deep roots on the place where she has lived and gardened for her whole life.  She and her father have about an acre of land in Micanopy, all intensively and beautifully landscaped with roses, herbs, fruit trees, and…

Spring

    I love spring! The winter garden has burst into lacy yellow, white and pink blossoms.  The tender, bright green leaves of the trees begin to soften the bare branches, and you can smell flowers on the breeze.  The pastures have lost their stark, crackly brown look, and the sweeping broomsedge leftover from the…

A Garden Interview With Tiare From Shepherd’s Hill Farm

This post is the first of a series of interview with local gardeners.  As a gardener, I love talking to other gardeners about what works for them.  I’ve found so much knowledge and inspiration in these conversations.  This interview is with Tiare Street of Shepherd’s Hill Farm. I first met Tiare about ten years ago. …

Abundance Is Here

      There’s this funny paradox I’ve noticed – when the weather is bad, or there’s anything to do involving a pitchfork and manure, people seem to think we’re hardcore weirdos with a fanatical agriculture hobby….but when it comes to just-ripped-from-the-ground vibrant produce and grassfed steak for dinner every night, then we’re suddenly privileged,…

Before The Frost

      The first frost last night prompted us to glean what we could from the remainder of the summer garden – mostly roselle, small eggplants, and fiery-hot peppers.  A beautiful magenta amaranth plant that had volunteered in the winter garden was harvested for soup greens.  Ethan pulled up the entire hot pepper plants…

Autum Colors

    One of the Marina di Choggia pumpkins we pulled out of the garden in August Thai Red Roselle Down here we don’t get the stunning fall leaf display the way it happens up North.  There are beautiful leaves to find, but the landscape is never lit up with brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. …

Planning For Abudance

      Last week I finally got the first part of my winter garden built and planted.  The surviving starts were settled carefully in, and radishes, turnips, and lettuce were seeded. This year, above all other years, I am planning for abundance.  We need it.  This lean season has felt leaner than any season…

In The Garden: Late Summer Foods

    The summer garden is winding down – even the eggplants and okra have slowed down and are looking stalky.  The bushel gourds are still ripening, but the last of the pumpkins have been pulled out of the garden.  Half the garden is fenced off with electric netting, and the pigs are helping prepare…

Pumpkin Harvest

  The pumpkins are coming out of the garden now.  There are Seminoles from seeds I saved last year, a few Galeux D’eysines, some delicata (didn’t make the pictures), North Georgia Candy Roasters, Jarrahdales and Marina di Choggias.  There are also a pile of Zucchino Rampicante from one vine that seeded itself and has taken…

Plenty From The Garden

The season has turned, from being one where we watch the tiny flowers and fruits and wonder just when they will be ready to harvest, to where I have to make several trips out of the garden with armloads of vegetables. There is a considerable shift on our table, as well.  Late spring meals tend…