How to Make a Worm Bin

Projects seem to get prioritized around here based on necessity–probably the same for most of you.  We have a long list of projects we want to do in our new house, and making a worm bin was not originally close to the top of the list. However, we ran into a problem with the compost…..mainly…

Some Good Ideas and Some Things You Should Avoid at All Costs: Lessons from My Summer Garden

This blog post might be more aptly named “Everything-I-took-photos-of-since-May-but-never-blogged-about-because-the-summer-was-too-crazy-and-I-wanted-to-look-at-the-sky-rather-than-a-computer-screen”. So here we are.  End of August.  Rain outside for the first time in months.  Oak leaves all over the lawn.  And I am coming to terms with the summer ending.  I am pulling things out of my summer garden and getting fall/winter crops going (a…

How to Get Free Seeds

Have you started planting yet?  This was my seed table about two weeks ago.  The seeds have been popping up throughout this week.  I don’t have artificial light heat in my greenhouse, so seeds are a little slower to come up.  But my theory is natural selection:  I am saving my own seeds, so am…

Winter Gardening Epiphanies: Plant Beans

Well, it’s been a long time since I wrote a blog post.  This summer my urban farming efforts became more overwhelming than inspirational.  Weeds took over my beds.  In trying to keep up on that, I missed the timing for crop rotations and beds went unused that could have grown something good.  I didn’t water…

Life: The Free Miracle

No, life is not cheap.  I know too many people who have gone through too many heart breaking losses to think that.  But life keeps going on and on all around us every day, without any intervention or cost, and we often barely notice.  If you have ever been there when someone has either been…

This is for real

Let me tell you about my day in the life of Katie.  It started with running out the door to take my son Cedar to daycare–forgoing a shower in order to catch an extra half hour of sleep.  I returned home to work remotely; starting at my desk indoors and then moving to my desk…