Food Preservation Goals and Garden Update September 13, 2017

The summer has flown by and we are now in the middle of September already! I never got a second crop of anything in because I have been so busy with work now that the college workers are back in school. It has been a fabulous growing season mostly for us. The wet Spring damagedContinue reading “Food Preservation Goals and Garden Update September 13, 2017”

Gardening and Preserving Goals July 25th Update

This summer is the complete opposite of last summer.  Last summer, barely any rain fell, this summer it hasn’t stopped raining for more than two days at a time. We have lost some things like the cherries, however, most of my plantings have thrived in the rainy hot weather.  The bold items in the listsContinue reading “Gardening and Preserving Goals July 25th Update”

Gardening and Preserving Goals Update July 12, 2017

I can’t believe what a difference a few short weeks has made in the garden. Tons of rain and finally some heat have made my garden GROW. I can’t keep up with all the summer squash! Check out all the greeny goodness in the pics below. The potatoes are loving their new converted fireplace plantingContinue reading “Gardening and Preserving Goals Update July 12, 2017”

Re-Purposed Outdoor Brick Fireplace

It’s a fact –  I need more planting space in order to meet my 2017 Gardening Goals. With that being said I got inspired this week to do something with our unsightly old outdoor fireplace. About 15 years ago an apple tree fell on it during a storm and crushed most of the left side.Continue reading “Re-Purposed Outdoor Brick Fireplace”

Gardening and Preserving Goals Update June 5th 2017

It’s been a busy few weeks without a lot of time for updating. I did get my entire garden planted but of course I have run out of room. I thought my husband Scott would just shake his head at me but he surprised me instead by saying “where should we dig new beds?” IContinue reading “Gardening and Preserving Goals Update June 5th 2017”

My Gardening and Preserving Goals 2017

Each year I try to garden with a goal in mind. My goal is always to produce and preserve as much food as we need to get us through the winter and to help me spend as little as possible at the grocery store. Last year I had some pretty lofty goals and fell completelyContinue reading “My Gardening and Preserving Goals 2017”

Weeks 3 and 4 Pop Bottles Meet Disaster

Mr. Gray is in trouble. BIG trouble. We have 2 kittens we adopted in October of this last year. I was seriously worried about my seedlings getting damaged by the cats since it is an open space in our basement that I grow my plants in. Our beloved cat Bernie, who died suddenly this fallContinue reading “Weeks 3 and 4 Pop Bottles Meet Disaster”

Week 1-2 Pop Bottle Garden

It has been a heck of a few weeks since I started the seeds for our 2017 garden. Here in Western, NY we had 80+ mile an hour winds which knocked our power out for well over 24 hours and closed school for two days. Then less than a week later we had a twoContinue reading “Week 1-2 Pop Bottle Garden”

Starting Seeds Week #1

Every year I start my seeds, indoors, about 6-8 weeks before the plants go into the ground outside. Last year was the first year I tried starting my seeds in a pop bottle. Sound kinda weird? Not really if you think about it. A pop bottle is just like a mini greenhouse. It keeps theContinue reading “Starting Seeds Week #1”

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