I started growing organic vegetables, herbs and a couple of fruits in 2011. Digging in the dirt makes my essence glow and relaxes me. Eating fresh and home-canned foods throughout the year is a major perk. My successes fill me with wonder. I used to kill cactus. laughing…

On this page you will find my posts about growing vegetables, planning out the beds, my successes and failures, plus various tips and tricks that work for me in my area. I live in northern Idaho near the Canadian border to give one an idea of the challenges. Enjoy!

Garden and Processing Spinach

This is a bit of a tome. No apologies. I have had a few busy days. My husband had picked a good 3 gallons of strawberries so far this season. Isn't that colander-full amazing? The little area …

Garden Update

I have been very busy the last two months preparing the garden beds and planting. This year has been amazing. Everything is already sprouted and going strong. Usually in my area, plants do not get this …

Garden Planning Tips

Looking at what the main "kitchen" garden looks like at the moment, it can be hard for some to even think about planning the planting layout of your garden(s).  I order my seeds and then plot …

Garden Planning

It is that time of year, time to plan your garden. For those of us who have been at this a while, we have a stack of seed catalogs at hand. Some are like me, having …