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Getting Started: Transforming Grass into Gardens

There are a few different ways to create gardens where you have grass. This video shows one of the most labor intensive ways, but also gets things done in a shorter timeframe than spreading a tarp and tilling, and takes… Continue Reading →

Early Spring Garden Bed Preparation and Planting

It is the first week of spring, late March here in the garden. In the fall we prepped the garden beds by keeping them covered in straw, planted over 100 garlic bulbs in late fall, and have spent time in… Continue Reading →

Garden Failures

Got back from vacation and had our biggest harvest ever! We pulled 24 lbs out of the garden today, more than half as tomatoes. But of course I’m focusing on the failures we’ve had in the past few weeks. As beginners… Continue Reading →

Installing a Drip Irrigation System

It has been really hot and dry lately in New England and water is becoming ever more important. The plants need more of it, and there is less to go around. Here is East Longmeadow they’ve just instituted a voluntary… Continue Reading →

Small Scale Farming

Incremental change is hard to see. Almost 2 years in and we are just starting to see the vision take shape of what we want to accomplish. There is still a ways to go, but to see how far we’ve… Continue Reading →

Summer Harvest

It’s over 90 degrees as I sit on the porch trying to find ways to stay relatively cool. The heat of the summer has set in, and along with it comes the slightly more rewarding work in the garden. In… Continue Reading →

Tobacco Netting and Tantrums

Tobacco Netting. Why the heck is it so hard to find? If you aren’t familiar with the area we are in we are nicely situated near some really great farming area in northern CT, mostly tobacco farms. Our blueberries that… Continue Reading →

Harvest has Begun!

We’ve had some pretty great harvests so far. First being the head of lettuce we grew! Yes, THE head of lettuce. This beautiful head of lettuce was featured in our recent blog post talking about the importance of soil (Called… Continue Reading →

Ode to Spring

My goodness do I love Spring. That’s the gardener in me of course, the chef in me is cursing the season of very little output. We do however, have small salad greens, Sweet Cicely, Sorrel and herbs like Thyme, Oregano,… Continue Reading →

Spring Planting 2016

It is amazing how much can be accomplished in a year. The last check in was our 2015 Harvest Summary, and a lot has been done since the winter ended.  There has been some major spring planting that we want to highlight, to… Continue Reading →

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