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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
7:28 am
Happy Earth Day!
Went to the Farmer's Market in Boise on Saturday. I had a lovely time:)

Here is the start of my garden. When I remodeled my kitchen I saved the drawers as planter boxes for my early veggies. The posts behind them is the start of my chicken/duck coop:)

Here is the future garden. I will plant soon. It's usually recommended to wait til after Mother's day to assure the frost season has passed. Not sure if I can wait!

Sunday my graddaughter came over for a play date with Grandma.

tulips in my front yard:

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
2:23 pm
I would like to do a vegetable garden this summer, harvest and store the vegetables...I'm hoping that I will be able to use them throughout the year.  Do any of you know of any sites that can offer my information as far as what I can store and how to do it, so that they will last that long?

Thanks in advance for your help...I have not looked at memories to find this info, because basically...I don't know how to do it.
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
11:17 pm
Bean blight horror - advice sought
Hello everyone! I'm growing a load of beans on the balcony of my tower block apartment. Sadly... I've got this scary blight on my yummy beans. Had one last year as well, on tomatoes - whatever can I do? I've chopped the leaves since taking these pics, but what if it comes back? Just chope them back until they die, or let the blight eat my yummy food?

Also I read on the intarnets that there's a type of fungal blight that's attacking beans and strawberries in the States - carried by the same sort of warm rain weathersystem we seem to be having so much of. Is the environment killing my beans?!

Under the cut... (big pics)

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Friday, May 9th, 2008
11:28 am
When food prices get really high, one very good way of offsetting family costs and insuring health is having a garden. Even seeds will start getting really expensive, so I have put together a list of the best seed sources in the US for everyone, plus a little info about them here.

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Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
8:36 pm
Can you eat your pretty plants?
Keep a few orchids if you are that enamored of them, but in terms of flowers, I've always loved those that are really sturdy, and/or edible. So many herbs makes great decorative plants (chives have nice purple flowers excellent as garnishes), and there are actually many flowers out there that are pretty and edible.

Potatoes have starshaped flowers, and would liven up your balcony in large pots. An Asian staple, the taro, is often raised as a houseplant for its elegantly tall stalked leaves.

Consider planting a fruit tree on your property for the long term, it's pretty hard to kill a tree and it could eventually produce a lot of fruit. A most necessary thing to do before planting a tree though, is to check where the underground pipes is, and how far its roots goes in relation to your house; you don't want basement flooding.

Plant your front lawn full of tulips, they are pretty and edible. Time it so that they will bloom in early spring, and will wilt before the grass is long enough to NEED cutting (the way I figure it is, if a small child or heck, a poodle, cannot lose itself in the lawn, it's short enough).

Save the ground space for the plants that really needs it. A lot of herbs can thrive in windowboxes, grand example being chives, rosemary, and mint (which can get invasive). Consider hanging baskets of strawberries if you have places where you can hook them.

Cut down on lawn space, it is a waste of water and a waste of good soil. Or don't have /pure/ grass lawn space, grass can be excellent for filling out the space between hardy edibles such as clovers (which also enrich the soil in addition to making a tea good for colds) and butterfly violets (salad). Dandelion leaves are a salad green, and I think their flowers are prettier then roses in their cheerfulness, but your local by-laws and loud lawn-mower-operating neighbours might consider it a disruption (and if the Sky Falls or the Zombie War begins, getting along with one's neighbour well increases the survival rate).

The last note crosses over to animal farming(?)...but for those of you who keep aquariums, consider breeding and raising apple snails, they can be eaten as escargot. The other home-raised protein source for those who can't afford a chicken coop would be meal worms. I've tried them and they are delicious, the problem is, meal worms need to be raised on grains. Apple snails can be raised on algae and other aquatic plants in the tank with them.
5:38 pm
Up Side Down Food
We're starting small. Just got some tomato plants going in the window sill. They're a little over an inch. Planning herbs next. What interests me, as a renter with limited space, is these hanging upside down tomato planters. Has anyone else had experience with them? We're hopeful that one of our sprouts will make it to being transplanted. What about other vines, like cukes?

It occured to me as a cat owner that recycling the litter buckets into upside down planters would be pretty awesome.
2:39 pm
No lawn, only garden
Surely this has GOT to become a big community. I need vegetable growing advice, and I need it constantly!! So gather here and tell me what to do. I am starting from hard Alabama mud. What do I plant first? Its already May!

And check out this fantastic article about gardening as a moral behavior and a virtue! Its great.

Current Mood: confused
Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
9:39 pm
Hello :)
I'm busy digging up the backyard at my rented house, getting my seed order together for what I don't already have, realizing I can finally put down a mead because I won't be moving for a whole year, and wondering about making some cheese.
So hi! Eventually the goal is to be self-sustainable, or mostly so, on some land. But I need some practice first. :)
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