Veggie Seed Saving

It’s that time of year when we pull out the seeds and start some indoor gardening.  Even though we have snow on the ground and currently falling we have to start preparing our garden.

Currently our back garden

Wintertime in our back garden

When we (Mike) expanded our vegetable garden to 460 sq ft last year our intention was two-fold: 1) grow food so we knew where it came from 2) cut back on our grocery expenses.  The issue with the latter is that yes, we can spend less at the grocery store but we can easily see that savings go right into growing our own food.  Over the next few weeks we will share some ways we’ve been learning to keep our costs down.  It takes a little forethought- last year we learned so much we can’t wait to start this year’s garden. » » »

The Vegetable Harvest

This was going to be so easy.  Just plop a few pictures and and BAM! there’s a great post about this year’s vegetable harvest!  Not so fast turbo, it took hours to sort through all the images from the garden this year.  We have a tendency to take a few too many pictures.

Molly:  It took me all week to go through the pictures and make the decision if the photo stays or goes.  It was a lot of pressure.

Mike:  That was a lot of pressure?  I think you may want to go back to work so you can remember what intense pressure really feels like.

Molly:  I know, I know!  When I have more time and fewer projects I can get a little bit finicky.  Building someone’s dream home within budget and time constraints seems so simple from this distance.

Mike:  Hmmm,…. » » »

Round-em Up- 9/30 Freaky Tomato

Freaky Tomato

Mike: I thought I had a Jesus tomato there for a second but it’s just a Pinocchio tomato.

Molly: That’s one freaky tomato!

 

Squirreler had one of his Squirreler Goes Wild Posts.  They tend to verge on the bizarre.  Don’t stop on this one, you must go back and read his past 28 posts in this category.

 

Molly:  I’ve had time to catch up on Planet Money.  Back in June they made a great case for pre-school.  I love it when they get economists involved with politically charged ideas!  Where should the money go?!  Why should the money go there?!  Why should we spend any money?! » » »

Fresh-n-Tasty Veggies in the Winter

This is post is part of the Hearth-n-Soul blog hop.  Their mission is ‘about food from your hearth, made for your soul. Food that follows your intuition. Preparing food from scratch to nourish your family…body, mind AND soul! Food made with your own hands…infused with energy and passion and intent. Real food made by real people to feed real families (big and small, in blood or spirit). Ingredients from scratch, be it something grown in your garden or raised on your land…food foraged in the field or woods…food from local farms, farmers, or farmers markets…or even ingredients chosen by you from your local market that will be turned into something that feeds your soul. Tapping the food memory that each of us has stored inside; letting it guide and influence our own time in the kitchen.’  It’s definitely something Mike and I can get behind!  Don’t forget to check out the other participants! » » »

Community Gardening

Saturday we ventured into Santa Fe for the first annual tour of our seven local community gardens.   This event was a co-effort from the Santa Fe Community Gardens and Home Grown Santa Fe.  Amy from Home Grown Santa Fe is truly a force.  She has turned her hobby into a movement!  I know there were many people that made this happen but we have to do a super-duper shout out to Amy- she’s like Wonder Woman!!

It’s a great idea and it was a lot of fun; so much fun we only made it to four out of the seven gardens. » » »

Vegetable Gardening 2011

Every year I try to do some vegetable gardening.  Some years more than others.  We’ve been wanting to get more food production going here on the M&M mini-farm.  After putting in a couple cold frames in last year.  I really wanted to go big this year.  I set up some indoor lights to start lots and lots of plants this winter/early spring.   As soon as the ground thawed enough to dig I expanded our gardening area by 150%.  I built raised beds all along the back fence as well as another large freestanding bed in front of them.  All the shoveling and dirt moving nearly killed me but it was worth it. » » »