Planting the Fall Garden… or, If You Want to See God Laugh, Tell Him Your Plans

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. ”

It’s funny… planning. I mean, you have to plan. Fail to plan and you plan to fail. But it’s funny how often I plan – so carefully, carefully plan – only to have the situation turn out absolutely nothing like how I envisioned it. And that, my friends, is the current situation for my Fall garden.

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A Fall Garden Expansion

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It’s been busy around here, y’all. Like, take your breath, overwhelmingly busy. For months. Life has had one emergency after another, without a moment to stop my head from spinning, and I am DONE with it. Done. I’m ready for Fall. I’m ready for the plants to head into their rest. For the leaves to change, the grass to die back, for cool temperatures and that perpetual feeling that this is the season to rest. To take it all in. To be a little more introspective. To appreciate a slower pace in life for a little while. Am I alone in that? I have always felt like Fall and Winter are life’s built in reminder to slow down and enjoy little moments. To take a deep breath every now and then and just be grateful that you are alive.

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Dealing with the Garden Bounty… Canning Cherry Peppers

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I’ve been overrun with garden produce, with no time to process it at all. We’ve eaten gallons of tomato soup, and various tomato based sauces. I’ve put peppers and squash and eggplant in *everything*. But I finally had enough time to deal with a couple of quarts worth of hot cherry peppers. They had to be pickled. They just had to. So, I thought I’d share that process with you today. Continue reading “Dealing with the Garden Bounty… Canning Cherry Peppers”

Dealing With Nitrogen Robbing in a No-Till Garden

Gardening MistakesWe have (and love) a no-till garden. This means we do not disturb the soil by turning, tilling or double-digging. Each spring and fall we add some kind of organic matter on top of the soil, and then we walk away. By and large, this is not only the easiest approach, but it is more sustainable, and less damaging to our local environment. It builds top soil instead of destroying it. It improves existing soil composition (ours is almost entirely red clay). It makes weeding and watering more or less unnecessary. It’s a total win for us.

Unfortunately, this year we made a boo-boo.

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That Time We Remembered That We Have Bees

BeesSo, we keep bees… something I have yet to talk about here. Truthfully, we haven’t been the most successful beekepers. Honestly, don’t ask me for beekeeping advice. We read all of the books, watched all of the videos… we got bubkes. (Side Note: My toddler is now jumping up and down screaming “BUBKES!” at the top of her lungs and laughing hysterically.)

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Why I Just Bought a Second Berkey Water Filter

Creativity is intelligence having fun.
Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine. – Slovakian Proverb

Right off the bat, I’d like to tell you that this is NOT a sponsored post. I have absolutely no affiliation with Berkey, and I am not being compensated for this post in any way.

Our family has owned a Berkey water filter for about the last five years… and we just bought a second one. Here’s why:

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