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

Gutter Gardening on the Deck

I had been dreaming for years about some kind of box or container that could be attached to the inside and outside of my deck rails so I could garden waist-high without having to worry about slugs.  Windowsill-type boxes seemed too heavy, bulky and expensive to fit the bill.  I wanted to grow shallow-rooted, tender vegetables like lettuce and spinach so they would be out of reach of those nasty slugs.  I also wanted to try to grow peas and cucumbers and let them spill over the sides of the gutters.  If needed, I could attach chicken wire to the … 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