Feb 21, 2017

Poppy Fever

Last Summer I was bitten by the Poppy Bug.....and as a result, I ended up catching Poppy Fever!

If there is such a thing?

Here are a few of the Poppies and their seed sources, I plan on adding to my garden.

Fruit Punch photo source: swallowtailgardenseeds

Beauty of Livermere photo source: swallowtailgardenseeds

Danish Flag photo source :swallowtailgardenseeds.com

Pink Fringe Full Pom Pom  photo source: Shelley*

Scarlet Peony photo source: onestoppoppyshoppe.com 

Red & White Taffeta photo source:onestoppoppyshoppe.com

and.....That's not all!

  • I also saved seed from my everblooming Tangerine Spanish Poppies
  • Unknown Red Poppy seeds from my mother's garden 
along with unknown seeds a friend saved from her garden in shades of
  • light pink
  •  pink
  • light purple
  • purple 
  • burgandy

13 different Poppies! 

What was I thinking???

Well, here's to adding more color to the garden this year!

Feb 20, 2017


photo source: https://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com

Started this variety of Gaillardia from seed last week and they are already proving to be little Rock Stars! The seedlings emerged within a couple of days and are coming up strong! I'm looking forward to these beauties in the garden and I think the bees will love them too!

Can you feel it?

As of February 10th. the duration of daylight hours here in my neck of the woods has finally passed above 10hrs. 

While the daylight hours grow longer, I am noticing the changes in the growth of my starts... 
They can feel it too and benefit from the extra light hours.

Learn More about Persephone days here 

Feb 13, 2017

Little sprouts

It's mid-February and my little greenhouse is still well buried amidst the snow.
No heat in the greenhouse means we have to fire up the grow lights in the house to get a jump on the growing season. 

The Peppers, Petunias, Pansy, Viola and Onion were started mid-January 

A few lettuce varieties and spinach were started early to see what we could grow in the house for an early harvest with many more successions planned.

The onions starts are looking great and have come up good and strong this year.

 The Pansy and Petunias are taking their sweet little time and are supplemented by the heat mat

Tomatoes, Eggplant, Kale, Chinese Lantern, Gaillardia and more lettuce seeds were all started yesterday. 

We are full steam ahead and the growing season has began!

Seed line up for 2017

Gearing up for the 2017 growing season, I have finally put together my seed list.

Some varieties are tried and true and among my favorites to grow, while other will be new to me and my garden and might be a push for a short growing season.

Drum roll......


  • Tendersweet 75 days







  • Dixie Queen*new to the Beanstalk

Feb 7, 2017

Fixer upper

 This adorable little house has only been on the market for a couple months. Would make the perfect first time home for two little love birds looking to establish roots in North Idaho and start a family :-)


So much snow this winter....The old grape arbor just couldn't withstand the pressure anymore!

It finally gave way yesterday afternoon after the last big snowfall.

Looks like a new Spring project will be underway!

Jan 26, 2017

Winter project

I love taking pictures and always have! 

Up until now, I have been a point and shoot kind of gal. With encouragement from my big sister, I took a huge leap and bought a big girl camera... 

A Nikon d7200 to be exact ;-)

I have taken some time on these quiet winter days to learn more about photography... Better yet, I learned how much I need to learn about photography!

The snow slowly drifts and flitters around outside but I am perfectly cozy and content inside learning about this whole new world of imagery.

This Lesson was all about learning and understanding the basics of fstops. 

 with a smaller aperture, the f-stop number is larger and my depth of field is wider allowing my little fruit in the background to be in focus, showing off those cute little dimples.

with a larger aperture, the f-stop number is smaller which makes my depth of field smaller, in turn, making my little fruit in the background softer and out of focus.

It took me a bit to grasp the concept that larger equals smaller and the vice versa smaller equals larger, but I finally got the hang of it!

Have you taken on any new projects this winter?

Jan 23, 2017

Canning Suprise

Today was the day...

After saving my pennies, I finally splurged and purchased a brand new American Pressure Canner this past Summer. 

Well, Summer came and went and this beauty sat in the box unused until today.  

After making a Turkey dinner and boiling the remains down, there was more than enough stock to can.

All American Pressure canner racks discolor after first use

After canning was complete, I was shocked when I opened up the canner..... to find the brand new racks and inside had been discolored black...

I certainly wasn't expecting that and quickly headed to the internet to make sure I hadn't ruined my new canner after it's maiden voyage.

All American Canner discolored black after first use

 It looks like it's pretty common and can be cleaned with Vinegar or Cream of Tartar.

This canner is a BEAST!

I really appreciate being able to double stack and ended up with 12 pints of Turkey stock.

Jan 20, 2017

Healthy Choices

It's up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind -Steve Maraboli

Our recipe was adapted from Taylor Farms SpinachWaldorf Salad recipe. 

We subbed chia seeds for the walnuts, shredded the apples and tossed with Lemon juice. This was really sweet and think we will cut back on the honey next go around, but overall we loved it!

Jan 16, 2017

Letting it slide!

Checking in on the chickens this evening I happened to catch this little guy in the chicken feed...and I let it slide!

Going into winter this little ones mom had a pretty serious injury to her hoof and at last sight of her, the hoof had fallen off and healed over. 

We knew winter was going to be hard on her as we observed her nightly ritual of bringing her baby in to feed on apples from the trees in the backyard. 

It isn't always easy to observe natures way...

Today momma deer was nowhere in sight, and I still secretly hold out hope that she will make it through the winter.

Jan 15, 2017

Every gardener knows

" Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle" - Barbara Winkler

Jan 11, 2017

As Day turns to Night

I am patiently waiting for the quiet days of Winter to pass.....

Quiet days turn to quiet nights, one by one they silently slip on by....The Gardener idly waits for Spring!

Dec 28, 2016

Getting organized

Taking a little time to get some organizing in now that the Holidays have passed....

First up sorting and organizing my seed case.

The box always gets tossed around and rummaged thru during the gardening season. It's nice to take a moment and get it all straightened out before the upcoming gardening begins.  

I make notes of any seeds I may need...

The only seed needed this year is Zucchini but I will still be window shopping all the seed catalogs, of course! 

Dec 12, 2016

Something Peaceful this way comes...

first blanket of snow to cover my zone5 garden

My garden has been covered with it's first thin blanket of pure white snow....An eraser of sorts, a time for rest, a time for peace and a time to reflect on just how "Thankful" I am for this little plot of earth.

Nov 20, 2016

Always something to be Thankful for...

I am so thankful for the opportunity to finally get my hands in the dirt again. There is just something about playing in the dirt that seems to bring me a sense of inner peace.

Life can get out of balance at times....

Being in my garden, smelling the fresh earth, the feel of the friable soil between my fingers as the brisk autumn rain dashed acrossed my face has eased my worries away.

I have found my center again!
As I pulled up spuds today, I was excited to see some real "Biggies" in the pile. The Largest ones have been sorted out to be eaten first.
The regular sized ones will be stored in an underground bucket in alternating layers of spuds and garden dirt as a makeshift micro root cellar. 

I still need to toss a plywood lid over it and add an insulation layer and it will be good to go.
The "bitties" were replanted back in the dirt to overwinter for next years harvest.

Oct 23, 2016

Death of a Garden- Is it the end or just the beginning?

A stroll through the garden marks the end of a growing season.

I  have a sense of loss, as it all comes to an end.

I have serious doubts as a gardener...

There have been a fair amount of failures along the growing season, 

along with periods of sheer neglect.

The garden reflects my weaknesses as a gardener!

 I am reminded of the intentions and enthusiasim I once had at the begining of the growing season!

Maybe I dropped the ball.. or maybe I was busy playing the game of life!

One thing is for certain...This garden has a forgiving heart deep down in the depths of her soil and awaits the new season to give this gardener another shot at getting it right!

Sep 13, 2016

First Frost

This morning marks the first frost of the season for our little garden.
I have been somewhat in denial that Winter is actually knocking on our door, and I will sadly have to say goodbye to Summer once again...

Jack frost has kissed the Squash and I'm faced with the reality that the Seasons must change.