Make an Autumn Compost and Plant a Winter Bounty

Greetings all, There’s a few important jobs us food gardeners must take care of this month, and then, glory be, we can slow down a pace. Make as much compost as you can for your spring gardens, store and preserve your harvest in ways most useful to your family, and plant and sow the last […]

April in the Orchard

Autumn marks the beginning of dormant sprays. So clean your backpack sprayer out and get ready to copper if your stonefruit had bacterial infections (cankers, oozing sap, cracks in bark, yellowing leaves followed by premature leaf fall) or leaf curl. Do this at leaf fall. Two of my apples had black spot so I’ll do […]

Mow

I farewell you today with a sad story – Mow is dead. Our adorable weed eater – him in charge of keeping our perimeter weed free, was horribly mauled by two dogs. An horrific death, and I must live with the fact that I consigned him his fate when I tethered him. My friend has […]

Repairing Dry, Wounded Soils

We’ve nearly made it folks – through the drought, the preserving, the seed saving and the winter bed preparations. Every year at the start of April I feel like I’m at the end of an Ironman competition. Hang in there! The lack of water has slowed down the rate at which I turn my beds over, as […]