March 30, 2016 @ 8:42 AM

There's a lot that goes into my garden planning each year! As I've just finished the one for our initial planting in April I thought I'd share it, as it may inspire you to get to work on your own garden plan for this year! Click the plan for an enlarged view.

I let the chickens into the garden for the past couple of weeks to eat and till whatever weeds were growing. They've made the soil nice and loose and ready for planting! They were so happy for some worms and fresh stuff to eat.

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We're in zone 7. If the weather has been warm and the extended weather forecast looks good then I'll begin planting warm weather veggies by mid-April. Potatoes, peas and lettuce have already been planted. I've got a ...

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March 19, 2016 @ 1:41 AM

   A woman in Russia working the garden at her dacha

I've been reading a lot recently about Russian agriculture. More so than any country in the world, Russia's citizens actually grow most of their own food. They do it with traditional hand tools and they grow organically - and in a much shorter growing season than most Americans have available. They have a cultural model that could allow much of the world to feed itself and live healthier lives. While most industrialized nations depend on large scale agriculture, transportation to move it around and big grocery stores to store and sell it, most Russians actually feed themselves.

As a child of the Cold War era, I watched as American news ...

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March 10, 2016 @ 7:00 AM

The greenhouse that Mike has been working on is up and going! Eventually we plan on installing some salvaged glass windows on it, but for expediency it's covered in plastic now. As it's so late in the spring we haven't installed a heater yet but that should be done by fall. It measures 12' x 16' so it's pretty spacious for our needs to start off veggies and flowers for our garden. Mike has also been working this week on adding some cold frames to the left side and some additional raised beds within our fenced in garden.

I've planted up about 15 trays of seeds this week.  There are 3 flats of tomatoes alone and all are heirloom varieties of course! One lesson learned from last year is that many of the old ...

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