Garden Chowder

So Zucchini is the theme of August, as I am sure it is for many gardeners. We are keeping up with the zucchini that our plant is producing, but have been diving into new recipes so that our freezer isn’t full of zucchini bread. We found an amazing winner, which we thought we should share….

July Comparisons

Well, it is comparison time! It has been an interesting month of July where we live with a heat dome bringing in record heats at the beginning of the month, quickly followed by severely smokey skies that are making it possible to look directly at the red ball sun in the sky. The fact that…

Mid-Summer Check-In

Time to do a garden check-in. Overall the garden is fantastic. Everything seems to be growing well, though we have had a few hiccups. So let’s do a quick rundown of where everything is. Our flowers are all doing great. The planters in the front yard have grown abundant, with some of the vines hitting…

Shroom Surprise

Living in a semi-arid dessert leaves little room to find mushrooms growing anywhere in the garden. We drip feed most of our plants, so the watering that we do is directed and no water wasted. Top that off with our watershed experiencing a level 1-2 drought, it makes for a big surprise to be finding…

Spring Growth

It has been almost a month now since we started a few plants inside the house. They are happily growing big and tall and are on-track with being ready to go into the garden beds in mid-May. Over the next week or so, I will begin to put them outside on the deck for the…

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Some of our plants did really well, resulting in a large harvest or more consistent produce over the summer. Our potato growing skills continue to improve. We managed to get a big haul of potatoes again this year with average sizes being larger and more consistent than previous years. Our straw to soil ratio seems…

Versus!

Alright, welcome to our first annual versus post. This year it is 2019 versus 2020. With a similar garden setup, only a few changes to the plants being grown and a few odd weather patterns thrown in, it was a close comparison. With a little more variety and a long fall growing period, 2020 came…

October Comparisons

We aren’t quite finished October, but the weather has turned and for the first time in as long as I can remember, we have had a heavy snowfall that has stuck around. Looking back at October 2019, we harvested very little. I went back and read a few of my posts and it looks like…

The Leaves of Fall

The weekend before Thanksgiving we headed up to K’s parents house to finish off their fence. The biggest thing we noticed on our 2 hour drive was that all the leaves were starting to change in the hills. It was a cool, crisp morning, with fog and low-lying wispy clouds hugging the mountains. It was…

September Comparisons

For a year that has felt so very long, it is surprising how quickly it has gone by. We are coming to the end of our growing season with only a few more weeks of harvests to come. If we manage to keep the weather trends we have been experiencing, we may still have some…