Farm Life · Organic Gardening

Garden Journal : winter and rest

Images from the winter garden: - June & July are the coldest months here in Argentina. Not many plants survive these frosty times but I go out into the garden daily to appreciate the plants that are there: lemon balm, lettuce, swiss chard, kale, and nettles. Most often I spend my gardening time adding layers… Continue reading Garden Journal : winter and rest

Gardens & Ecology

Food Forest :: a never ending work in progress

I have been blessed to have had the chance to be a part of two food forests in the past few years. One of them, the forest garden I will focus on for this blog post, is a collaborative garden in my parent's backyard. Over the years my mom and I have planted a small… Continue reading Food Forest :: a never ending work in progress

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

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

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

Homesteader Diary :: So Many Baby Animals!!

Life on a farm rotates betweens rewarding days and confusing days, at least for me anyway. Some days I feel like I achieved so much and perfectly balanced my work on the computer with my real life digging in the dirt. Other days I feel like I started a dozen projects but didnt actually accomplish… Continue reading Homesteader Diary :: So Many Baby Animals!!

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

Herbalism

Backyard Herbalism : Growing Calendula

Beginner herbalists and gardeners just getting started with their herbal garden find no better plant than Calendula officinalis. This herb/flower is much loved by bees & butterflies, has many medicinal properties, and is a useful pest deterrent to plant alongside tomatoes & other crops. Calendula is an easy to grow herb that I have been… Continue reading Backyard Herbalism : Growing Calendula