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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Veggie Garden Update – The Green Things Are Growing!

20190414_083615_0001.pngHi friends! It’s high time for a new post. I went on a short vacation, and I was a Very Bad Blogger and didn’t get some posts done for you before I left… sorry about that. How about an update on the vegetable garden(s)?

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Hello Pollen, My Old Friend… A Holistic Approach to Seasonal Allergies

Hello Pollen, My Old Friend... A Holistic Approach to Seasonal Alergies

I love living in the rural South. I really do… except for the pollen. Every year, it’s the same song and dance. The weather starts to warm, daffodils bloom, followed soon thereafter by dogwoods and redbuds. Soon, everywhere you turn there are trees and shrubs covered in stunning displays of flowers. You (and by ‘you’, I mean ‘I’) get caught up in the beauty and excitement of a brand new year. The feeling of new life in the air. ‘You’ open the windows, reveling in the refreshing cool breezes of Spring… and suddenly the world is awash in yellow. Every surface in your home – yellow. Your normally black car – yellow. The brick steps – also yellow. Your head throbs, your sinuses protest and your nose drips.

Hello, Spring.

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Garden Fresh…

Garden Fresh

I think that people who don’t garden tend to have a very idealistic view of what it must be like. Zen hours in a beautifully manicured cottage garden, surrounded by perfectly robust plants, just dripping in fresh produce. Nary a critter or weed to be seen. Beautiful, golden rays caressing your shoulders in warmth and gentle light. Cue the lounge chair and the obligatory margarita.

Spoiler alert: That ain’t reality.

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The Beginnings of a Medicinal Herb Garden

I’ve been using herbs medicinally in varying forms for several years now. I primarily rely on medicinal tinctures and teas, though I occasionally use a few other forms of herbal remedies. If you’ve ever looked into buying these things, you likely know they can put a dent in your wallet in a hurry. Ergo, my husband and I decided to install a new garden bed solely for medicinal herbs.

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