Creating a Life of Plenty

December 7, 2017
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Gardening at Verdigris: A Greenhouse within a Greenhouse!

Winter gardening is a tricky business, but at our market garden, Verdigris, we are experimenting with ways of growing, or at least harvesting vegetables all year round.  I tested our soil this morning to see where we were with the … Continue reading

May 12, 2016
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Gardening in Colonial Williamsburg

Recently I was privileged to attend the 70th annual Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium sponsored in part by the American Horticultural Society. The theme was Trailblazers and Trendsetters. Our keynote speaker was Joe Lamp’l from the PBS Series “Growing A Greener … Continue reading

March 19, 2016
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Seed Starting Starts Slowly

Say that five times fast! Even though we have had a very mild winter and spring, I am not rushing into planting the garden.  With global warming and climate change, the weather that used to be so reliant and predictable … Continue reading

January 5, 2016
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What Can We Do? A Report Card

Last January I wrote a blog about really setting some homesteading, sustainability and other goals for our household.  With the state of the world, our broken industrial systems as well as our environment, it seemed like a good idea to … Continue reading

May 17, 2015
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Gardening Away From Home

  Recently, my partner and I expanded our garden outside the confines of our little urban plot. We applied for and were approved for a small patch in the Franklin County Community Garden program. Our 12’X12’ plot is part of … Continue reading

March 5, 2014
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Avoiding the “Hungry Times” in style and in small space!

In historic agrarian cultures, the late winter and early spring were known as “The Hungry Times”.  Winter stores of meat have been nearly exhausted or have gone bad due to poor preservation techniques and new crops of spring vegetables were … Continue reading

February 26, 2014
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Here We Go 2014!!!

This is always an exciting time for me.  February is the time I plan the vegetable garden for the next year as well as any larger projects I plan to take on for the year.  For the last two years, … Continue reading