Category: Organic Gardening

Surprise! – Hawkins Homestead Farm

Surprise! – Hawkins Homestead Farm



After Hurricane Michael came through we thought all hope was gone for these organic potatoes, but this is one time we are so happy to be WRONG!

With temperatures expected to drop below freezing this week, we decided to check just in case. Plus this area will not be used in the Fall and Winter seasons, so a cover crop was next in line.

Cover crops help to block…

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An Introduction via Confession – Funny Farm Ac…

An Introduction via Confession – Funny Farm Acres

A Confession: I’ve been a bad gardener. I have started beds and abandoned them at the first sign of infestation or disease. I have neglected to water or properly irrigate rows of plants, leaving them to the mercy of mother nature. She’s a cruel master that will sow every manner of pestilence and plague at my plants, negating all the time, effort, and money I’ve invested. It has always been easier…

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Optimism for gardeners – Notes from Carbury B…

Optimism for gardeners – Notes from Carbury

By notesfromcarbury Optimism may not be a personal characteristic of all gardeners, but the pursuit itself demands a certain optimism and a constant eye to the future.

Eat It: Pasta Free Lasagna – My Tiny Vegetable…

Eat It: Pasta Free Lasagna – My Tiny Vegetable Garden Experiment

The tag line on this blog is ‘plant it, grow it, eat it’.  I’ve done the planting and growing, now it’s time for the eating.

I bought a tray of leeks from the garden centre from their ‘rescue table’ – 24 for £1.  I planted them, watered them and left them to get on with things.

This is what I ended up with.

13 September 2018 (3)

We’ve eaten leek and potato soup, vegetable soup, leeks baked in cheese sauce, steam….


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The Recorder – Good food — fast

The Recorder – Good food — fast

Staff Writer

After a long day at work, it might seem easier to zap a frozen dinner in the microwave than to cook something on the stove.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, said Leslie Cerier, an Amherst-based vegetarian chef and educator with more than 40 years of cooking experience.

“For me, it’s about being creative, flexible and stocked,” she said.

Cerier, 65, runs the blog…

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How should a gardener feel about the first Fal…

How should a gardener feel about the first Fall frost? — farmstand culture

Boy walking through a frosty New England field

I woke up this morning to our first Fall frost. It’s fine. It’s ok. I expected it, of course. I’m not going to get worked up about frost on garden plants.

But, it stayed on my mind.

As the kids were getting ready for school, I walked through the chaos thinking about the tiny, frosty icicles dragging down the sage leaves and smothering the nasturtiums. Doesn’t everyone?

I made my tea and walked…

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Cover Crops for Herb Gardens | Old Ways Herbal…

Cover Crops for Herb Gardens | Old Ways Herbal, Juliette Abigail Carr


Time to Cover Crop!

Sowing OatsSept 1–I know it’s still hot outside, but believe it or not, fall is right around the corner, and that means cover cropping!  It’s important to plant early enough that plants have time to get established before winter.

Cover crops have tons of benefits in the garden.  A cover crop can create microclimate, protect tender hard-to-grow crops as a “nurse…

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Lasagna Gardening – My Plenty Food Project

Lasagna Gardening – My Plenty Food Project

Since I took the decision right from the start to concentrate on no-dig raised beds I have struggled to find (affordable for me!) sources of growing medium.  Each of my pallet-collar raised beds is 1.2m x 1m and to get a depth of even 20 cm (8″) requires 240 litres. So even using the cheapest bagged compost I’ve found – Care Compost made from Birmingham’s Green waste by Jack Moody of…

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Abundant Living | bloominginrogers

Last Friday evening  I was sitting here in my kitchen amazed. I had apple slices drying in the dehydrator, apple chunks simmering on the stove turning into apple sauce,  and a bowl of whole apples on the counter washed and ready to eat or be turned into pies. The tomatoes we picked before the frost were ripening on my window sill turning from green into red-orange and burgundy. I also had some…

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Lost Gardens of Heligan IV: seaweed – The Potw…

Lost Gardens of Heligan IV: seaweed – The Potwell Inn

OK so this is going to be the last Heligan posting, but we were intrigued to see (and to smell) some tons of raw seaweed being used as a mulch – as the photo shows – on the asparagus beds, but on the allium beds as well.