Our Backyard Raised Vegetable Garden

Did you know when you move to a new home, it’s best to wait about a year before you plan where to put your garden? Yep!  It’s true.  Lots of garden experts recommend waiting, if you can.  😉 Think about it for a minute.  You need to make sure your garden gets enough sun, right? Because the sun’s patterns change daily and seasonally, you need to be certain the area you choose for your garden plot will have the right amount of sun. I waited 9 months.   It about killed me… Fortunately, I did some container gardening on my … Continue reading

Gardening, Harvesting and Foraging

If you’ve been following my gardening efforts at all, you have read how I turned my backyard flowerbed into a raised garden this year.  Here is the update I wrote about two months later.  Above is a picture of how it looked about three weeks ago.  It seemed to explode almost overnight!  We have had a wonderful late summer/early fall here in the Pacific Northwest.  Little to no rain for 80+ days!  That means we have had an extended harvest, for which I am very grateful because I got started so late in the spring.  Here, let me share what we … Continue reading

How to Make Raw Garlic Powder

I got this idea from my beautiful cousin, a fellow DIYer from Cali. When I found out she made her own garlic powder, I knew I had to find out how!  A few months ago, she had a 3-hour layover in Seattle, and we hadn’t seen each other in years.  It was a no-brainer – we simply had to get together!  So my daughter and I drove down to the airport meet her, and we took her out to dinner.  We had a great time together over some very delicious lamb, and she revealed how easy it is to make … Continue reading

Turning a Flowerbed into a Vegetable Garden – Update

It’s been almost two months since I planted my flowerbed turned vegetable garden and I thought it was about time for an update so you could see how it’s growing.  It’s doing just okay because we have experienced a wetter than normal summer so far, and I have struggled with slugs.  Ugh!  They have munched on my butternut squash, cucumbers and zucchini.  I was able to save the zucchini, but had to replant the butternut squash and cucumbers.  Since the second plantings came so late in the season, I am not sure I will be receiving much produce from them.  … Continue reading

Our Backyard Chicken Adventures

I started the GAPS diet last spring and needed to find a source of soy-free, pastured, organic eggs.  It is not a requirement of the diet, but clean food is best for optimal healing.  A small retail store near my home offered a local, stable supply, but they were very, very expensive. So my dear husband and I began considering getting our own chickens to save on the cost, but we were concerned about keeping them safe because our area has raccoons, possums, coyotes and hawks.  After a trip to see some friends who have a few acres, we were … Continue reading

Turning a Flowerbed into a Vegetable Garden, Part 3: Intensive Gardening and Gardening by the Moon

In this final post of my three-part series on Turning a Flowerbed into a Vegetable Garden, I will cover a few different methods of planting, give some brief information about gardening by the moon and show you my plan for planting my raised beds using the companion planting method. When I finished writing the first post in this series, I never dreamed it would end up being a three-part series, but it blossomed, and I realized halfway through the second post that I was going to have to cover the planting and gardening by the moon information in a third … Continue reading

Turning a Flowerbed into a Vegetable Garden, Part 2: Healthy Soil Makes Healthy Plants

You probably have heard the phrase, “You are what you eat,” but I would like to take that a step further and ask you to consider the phrase, “You are what you eat eats.”  Generally, we humans eat plants and animals, and the animals we eat eat plants.  So what do the plants eat?  They eat what’s in the soil.  So it’s extremely important to spend a considerable amount of time deciding if the soil in our gardens have enough good nutrients for the plants to eat.  That’s what I want you think about for a bit because, in my … Continue reading

Turning a Flowerbed into a Vegetable Garden, Part One

I’ve been a little busy the last couple of weeks.  When the weather is good in the Pacific Northwest we go outside, and that is where I went.  One of my goals this year is to transform my backyard flowerbed into a vegetable garden.  My backyard flowerbed is nicely sized and should make a very nice garden, but it is terribly overgrown with buttercups, weeds, out-of-control ajuga and lemon balm, wild salmon and black berry bushes.  Due to a foot problem that I had for about five years and having to work part-time for almost 3 years to pay for … Continue reading

Planting My Stack and Grow

My dear mother-in-law gifted me with a Stack and Grow a few years ago, and I love it!  It’s perfect for my deck, and because it is on casters, I can move it to keep it in the sun and turn it around so each side gets the proper amount of sun. The first year I used it, I planted blue lobelia and a few other flowers.  It was very pretty. This year, though, I’m all about vegetables so I can help supplement my husband’s income and grow my own food organically.  I’ve been told I have two green thumbs, … Continue reading

Let’s Get the Garden Going!

“There’s no time like the present.”  We’ve all heard that one before, but it’s true.  If you want to make a change, even if it’s a small one, you need to start now.  “Just do it!”  Thanks, Nike. Last year I had been buying mostly organic vegetables from my local farmer through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and during the off season from my local grocery store because I am on the GAPS diet to clear up some health issues.  Organic is not an option for me anymore and can be very expensive.  Even though I had met my farmer, … Continue reading