“Oh, They’re Like Amish.”

These late summer days have found a familiar rhythm that I once knew, only this time it is less rushed. My gardens in this climate are amazing and the height of the weeds is pretty astonishing too.  Once I could no longer find the corn stalks I donned my clippers and headed into the mess…

Wild Gardening and Dahlias

  I love it here.  There is nothing quite like one’s own home.  We took our houses for granted before our seven years of renting, living with friends, and apartment living.  We are now home. I am less concerned about production and more about enjoyment in my wild garden.  I planted dahlias.  I have never had…

3 Things to Incorporate Into Your Garden

There are many pictures on the internet and in books of perfectly manicured gardens.  I wonder if they scare folks away from extensive gardening.  Gardening is one of the greatest pleasures.  Your seed packets come with a gym membership, a psychologist, a muse, and a guru.  Here are three things to remember or incorporate into your gardens….

A Letter to the Nemesis of the Spring Crops

Dear Flea Beetles, Well, I can’t say I am happy to see y’all.  Is it really July already?  Goodness, where does the time go?  I know you are the cleanup crew.  One of the mean teachers in the school of hard knocks for gardeners.  But still. Remember that time I tried to kill you all…

Bubba the Soprano

And then a horrid sound from the back yard filled the air.  I panicked at once wondering what it could be.  It for all the world sounded like an injured baby goat.  I followed the dreadful noise to the chicken coop where Bubba found his voice.  His adolescent cords trying ever so hard to crow.  So,…

A Little Urban Farm

The lines of my urban farm are not straight.  The butter lettuce comes up weaving like a snake across its plot along side peas who are trying to climb the lattices set forth.  Each section of my front yard is a country.  The rainbow is Ireland.  In Ireland I have planted traditional foods, such as…

Farmgirl School Blog

I have a lovely blog called Farmgirl School that I have been writing for over four years.  I was feeling a little pouty, let’s be honest, when I started Medicine Wolf (woe is me, I don’t have a farm) but now on the brink of being back on an urban farm and one that we own,…

For the Love of Chickens

The sight of a chicken pecking at the ground while cooing sweetly.  Watching the joy of finding a grasshopper and laughing as one run away with it in it’s beak while the others run in single file trying to retrieve it.  The dust rising as the girls lounge luxuriously in their dust baths, their glee evident.  The…