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b2ap3_thumbnail_Combustor.jpgOkay, so I have a confession to make…

2016 was a crazy year in our lives and last fall I was so pushed for time that I was late in getting my firewood in.

So late that some of it wan’t totally cured and much of it got soaked by the rain.:-(.  Kind of a bad spot to be in with winter approaching!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_hummingbird-sm.jpgEarly this morning Craig and I headed to our garden to cut some fresh kale and collards for our daily green drink.  We'd almost reached the garden gate when we noticed that a battle was taking place near one of our Montmorency cherry trees in the back of the orchard.  Actually, it was taking place right in the middle of the tree!  We have a bumper crop of cherries on our two Montmorency trees this year, and they've been ripening up very nicely the past couple of weeks.  Since the Montmorency variety are not sweet cherries, but are sour or pie cherries, I've been picking cherries and dehydrating them almost daily.  They're not tasty for eating fresh, but they're incredibly delicious when dehydrated.  I've seen this variety of dehydrated cherries for sale in grocery stores at super expensive prices.

I quit!

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I want to share with you a few old words of wisdom that prompted me to quit some things.
It's a quick excerpt from an old book on agriculture that was given to me.


"Some people seem to think they must accomplish in a
few years what their grandparents spent half a lifetime
doing, namely, carving a comfortable home out of the
wilderness….I see no sense in turning a potentially
satisfying and rewarding experience into a period of
nerve-shattering frustrations.  Why would you choose
to live in the country?  Most likely because you crave
the peace and quiet of the 'good life' close to the soil.
It is entirely possible that you could spend half of your
lifetime trying so hard to make yourself "comfortable"
on the land that you never have time to enjoy the peace
and quiet that you have around you."
(from The Country Way by Lloyd Eighme)

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Commercial planter pots are very nice to have, but when you are starting a LOT of new plants and your budget is tight, it could be difficult to come up with enough of them.

Here is a nifty low cost option that we used this Spring.  Actually, it should cost you nothing if you have some newspaper lying around.  So check it out and see what you think...


We're starting to have some springy weather, and it makes me think about fall garden chores that somehow didn't get done in the fall!  By late fall all "efficient" gardeners have cleared out old plants, pulled up tomato stakes, and prepared the garden beds by adding amendments.  Of course, a soil test should have been sent in last fall also--so I would know just how much of each of those amendments to add!  I said "should have"…and I mean just that--garden chores are NO FUN in the freezing weather!

So if you haven't taken a soil sample yet, now is as good a time as any!  Here is a short clip on taking a soil sample along with recommendations for a lab.  It comes from Bob Gregory's excellent DVD training course--Food Grower's Guidelines.


Taken from Bob Gregory's excellent "Food Grower's Guidelines" DVD course

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