butternut squash
Gardening, Vegetables

Growing Butternut Squash

In my last post, I was excited about how soon fall would be here. While I love the transition to autumn’s new sights, sounds, and smells, I particularly love the tastes. Summer and spring taste warm and bright to me, but fall flavors have a earthy quality that is as comforting as it is filling.… Continue reading Growing Butternut Squash

landlord
Sustainability, Sustainable Lifestyle

How To Talk to Your Landlord About a Garden

I’ve lived in a lot of apartments. They were all tiny and a bit cramped, but I was determined to make them cozy. I filled them with books, coffee cups, and a house plant or two. They grew on me, and I came to love each one of them for being exactly what I needed… Continue reading How To Talk to Your Landlord About a Garden

mygardenanswers
Apps, Resources, Website

myGardenAnswers Review

myGardenAnswers App Review   I like plants, and since you’re reading this review, I bet you do too. While weeding, I can’t help but wonder at the story behind the weeds. Even though I’m pulling them up, they’re still plants that come with a history. For instance, I recently learned that Lambsquarter, a plant only… Continue reading myGardenAnswers Review

naranjilla
Container Gardening, Fruit, Gardening, Vegetables

Growing Naranjillas

Growing Naranjillas Have any of you ever heard of naranjillas? I confess that I hadn’t until The Llama and I were leafing through seed catalogs reading the descriptions to each other. Baker’s Seeds described them as having a “sweet and sour taste,” “nectar of the gods,” and “the most delicious [thing] that I have tasted… Continue reading Growing Naranjillas

farm market
Sustainability, Sustainable Food Tips

Why You Should Join A CSA

Why You Should Join A CSA (Even If You Already Have a Garden) What is a CSA? CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture. The first CSA began in the 1980’s with the idea of creating a system that would allow consumers to directly support local farms. The venture did so well that you can now find… Continue reading Why You Should Join A CSA

Barbara Kingsolver
Books, Resources

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver

Book Review Since it be quite a few years before I have land of my own, I’ve taken to living vicariously through the books of authors who’ve decided to try life as a small scale farmer. Not only am I able to curl up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee and relax… Continue reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver

mint
Container Gardening, Gardening, Herbs

How to Harvest and Preserve Mint

How to Harvest and Preserve Mint I love mint so much. It’s delicious in homemade ice cream, spring rolls, or in a cup of tea. This herb is so low maintenance, it’s almost impossible to kill. You can almost plant it and forget about it. It roots easily so you’ll never run out of cuttings… Continue reading How to Harvest and Preserve Mint