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Summer Harvest Carrot Cake

One of the most rewarding vegetables to grow yourself are carrots. Like tomatoes the flavor of a grocery store carrot cannot compete with homegrown carrots. Homegrown carrots are deliciously complex while grocery store varieties tend to be bland and flavorless. Orange maybe the most common color for carrots but my favorites are the yellow and […]

Summer Blooms

At this moment, I am sipping my iced espresso and enjoying my air conditioning. Like most of the country we are riding out a heat wave. Gardening work is usually done in the morning and the evening when the temperatures are a little cooler. I was too busy with personal projects to do much with […]

How to Plant Dahlias

Dwarf Dahlia 2010 Dwarf Dahlia 2010 I was strolling through our local grocery store, when I spotted the most beautiful display of packaged Dahlia tubers. They came in all different sizes and colors. Dahlias are one of my favorite flowers. I quickly snatched  my favorites off the shelf. That should have been enough but I […]

Monday Harvest

I was able to harvest my first yellow squash along with carrots, onions, and zucchini. I used them for a pasta primavera dish which was the perfect dinner after surviving the first heat wave of the summer. Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne’s Dandelions. If you want to see what others are harvesting in their […]

Let’s Talk Cucumbers!

After we constructed the Earth Trainer for our tomatoes, I was left with half of a storage container. I thought it was best not to waste it and I turned it into a bed for my cucumbers. I placed it next to my raised bed and used one of my old tomato cages as a […]

Surviving A Heat Wave

Last week we had a week long heat wave. The temperatures were over 105 and I had to come up with a fast way to create shade. I resorted to using my umbrella and propping it up in the bed to protect my new seedlings. My lettuce still bolted but the seedlings are still hanging […]

Summer Flowers

I hope all of you are having a great and safe Fourth of July. Here is a little peak of the flowers in bloom in the garden. Cosmos: I didn’t grow these last year and I missed having this wild, low maintenance annual. My hybrid sunflowers are in bloom. A few rebelled and grew over […]

Week 1 of Fully Belly Farm CSA

I had to stop using my prior CSA. The mutant root vegetables were starting to drive me crazy. They would just end up sitting in the fridge until it was too late to use them. I also became increasingly frustrated with the lack of variety. Week after week, I got bags of greens and root […]

Garden Tour

This was a spur of the moment video we made with the Iphone video feature. The yard is a little messy but I thought it would be fun to show off what’s growing in the garden this season.

They Hatched, Praying Mantis

I bought my praying mantis eggs about two months ago. The first batch were eaten by mice. The second batch I had assumed had hatched and fled. But while I was watering my plants today I spotted a mass exodus of praying mantis. The majority of them were jumping out of the pot and looking […]