Flavorful Plants: Paprika and Chili Powders

In the past few years, I’ve been planting more and more of our herbs. In the past, I’ve grown lots of basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, lemon balm, and oregano. These fresh herbs add pizzazz to our palates and are easy to grow. This year, I am trying a couple of new plants to fit the…

Seed Starting Time!

This week has been a cold and miserable one here in Middle Tennessee.  We Southerners don’t handle things like snow, ice, and severely cold weather very well. We’ve been stuck at home for most of the week. The upside is that I’ve not had to put on make-up or pants with a real (in other…

Book Review: Week by Week Vegetable Gardener’s Guide

I borrowed the Week by Week Vegetable Gardener’s Guide by Ron and Jennifer Kujawski from the library a couple of years ago and loved it so much that I added it to my Amazon wishlist. This past Christmas, I found it wrapped underneath the Christmas tree. I didn’t even make it to New Year’s Eve…

Ordering Garden Seeds

Winter cabin fever is getting bad around here, but one way that I combat it is to plan my summer garden. I didn’t even make it to the end of January before the garden planning bug hit me. Yeah, actually it was New Years’ Day that I was making lists and checking out gardening websites….

Vegetables and Soil Quality

There’s a reason that we grow our garden in the same pen in which we keep cattle all winter. Did you know that the composition of the soil in which a vegetable is grown can alter it’s nutritional status? Plants grown in soil that is rich in humus and microbes will be more nourishing to…

Corn, Corn, Corn, Corn, CORN!

When the garden starts bearing, it seems like there’s not much time for any extra pleasurable activity like writing, even though there is so much to tell about. The last week has been a flurry of picking veggies, washing them, preparing them for freezing or preserving, and cleaning up the kitchen one more time. Saturday,…

Planting Again

Last night, I ran the tiller over a bed in the middle of our orchard. At one time, this bed held strawberries. I’ve also grown tomatoes, and more recently, I grew a mass of zinnias in this bed. So far this year, it’s just been weeds. This bed is going to hold my fall veggies….

We Need Rain!

Things are really very dry here. It’s been weeks since we got a good rain. About a week ago a storm system came through. It hit all around us, but we didn’t get a drop of rain. I was sitting there watching the radar and groaning as the clouds of green made a gap over…