Gardens & Ecology

Common Pollinators :: the life cycle of Bumble Bees

Summer flowers are blooming their last colorful flowers and I am so impressed with how well the zinnias did this season, despite having planted them so late. And also impressed with all the pollinators they attract especially larger insects like these bumble bees. I will certainly be planting more zinnias (both wild & garden variety)… Continue reading Common Pollinators :: the life cycle of Bumble Bees

Farm Life · Gardens & Ecology

Garden Journal :: the transitional time

Just a week after the equinox I sit in the garden surrounded by pots and type out this blog post with the help of my cellphone. It is officially fall in the Southern Hemisphere and although the weather is getting cooler, gardening is far from over. Fall is a great time to plant and grow… Continue reading Garden Journal :: the transitional time

Gardens & Ecology

Garden Journal :: landscaping w/ hand tools

In a recent post I mentioned that we recently acquired a lawnmower to keep the grass low in certain areas around the farm. In that article I mentioned that we also picture a horse on these lawns and fields but forgot to include other tools we use for landscaping. I also use a diversity of… Continue reading Garden Journal :: landscaping w/ hand tools

Crafts · Gardens & Ecology

Crafting with Herbs :: making dry bouquets

There is a special magic intrinsically linked to the beauty of plants, especially when arranged in bouquets or decoration. Personally I love to make and dry bouquets to enjoy in future months or to burn as incense. In this blog post I will share with you the process of making herbal bouquets with two very… Continue reading Crafting with Herbs :: making dry bouquets

Gardens & Ecology

Garden Journal : harvesting summer

I spent the weekend outside and enjoying the perfect summer weather. Our garden is in full swing, there is so much collecting, transplanting and organizing to do so I photographed the highlights of my summer garden chores to shar with you all. Crafting bouquets of lavender, marigolds and lemon balm, these will dry in the… Continue reading Garden Journal : harvesting summer

Gardens & Ecology

The Benefits of an Herbal Garden

Many people are getting into gardening for the first time while others are seasoned gardeners appreciating all the work that has gone into their plot over the years. I suppose I fall somewhere in between and have been tending to small gardens for years, last year my partner and I took our garden to the… Continue reading The Benefits of an Herbal Garden

Gardens & Ecology

Summer Flowers : a few of my favorites

For those of you reading this blog in the Northern Hemisphere - just remember that it is summer here in the Southern half of Earth. Most mornings after drinking tea or coffee, I wander out into the garden, feed the chickens, and admire the flowers. I wanted to do a little bit of a round-up… Continue reading Summer Flowers : a few of my favorites

Farm Life · Gardens & Ecology

Homesteader Diary :: Summer Garden Update

A few months have past since I posted a garden update. I had a few topical articles I was eager to share about butterflies and ecology but this blog isn't only for talking about ecology - it's also about being a part of ecology. We all play a significant role in our local ecologies and… Continue reading Homesteader Diary :: Summer Garden Update