How To Grow Tomatoes to Feed You & Your Family For a Year

Tomatoes are my very favorite crop to grow. I fret over them, baby them, cheer them on, and proudly serve them to friends and family as some sort of jewel in the green. As modern homesteaders on our old farm, we grow nearly all that we eat and store lots in our freezer, root cellar,…

Part 1: How to Grow Food to Feed You and Your Family for a Year

Are you interested in growing enough food to feed you and your family for a year? It has been a goal of mine for years, and it is a milestone that I am excited to share with you. For me, it’s been an incremental process. I’ve been gardening for ten years now–from a couple of…

Garden Prep Video: Building Rich Soil for Next Season’s Success

A traveler friend once told me that there are three main phases of travel: The anticipation, the travel itself, and the memories of the trip. I think this is true for many results-driven experiences in life, and for me gardening definitely fits right in–the planning, the planting, the harvest, the preserving, and the remembering are…

Planting Potatoes on Good Friday: The Darkness and the Light

Above all, this is a post about how to prep and plant potatoes for your garden. However, it includes a longer narrative not typically added to my posts of late. If you’d rather skip the narrative, you can hop to the videos about prepping potatoes for planting, and planting potatoes, which appear at the bottom…

Short Fun Animated Story: Small Gardening Series

For a little light-hearted but instructional reprieve, I offer you this short story drawn with the talented mind and hand of my husband Brian @brianthompsonart. In 3 minutes it shows you: 1) how to construct a hugelkultur garden bed (if you want to try that); 2) What things you can successfully grow in shady spaces;…

What To Plant Now: A Sampling of Spring Seeds

I’m getting lots of messages and questions about planting and that makes me so happy—think of all the adults and kids digging their hands in dirt! And think of the truly immeasurable joy of giving and receiving a hand grown bouquet of homegrown food…It’s enough to make you cry, quite truly, during these times. So….

Small Space Gardening Series: Let’s Talk Soil!

In this 10-minute segment I address the key things you need to consider for your soil health. Your soil is the source of strong, healthy root growth, plant health, and heavy-yield, high-production gardens in small spaces. From reworking small containers, amending poor soil, showing you the beginning stages of our front yard (small space) kitchen…

Video: Spring garden planting

Hello Springtime in the Pacific Northwest! It’s great to be back. We wandered away to hot sun and pools and bougainvillea and fresh-pressed juice and desert breezes  for Spring break. It was one of those vacations that show just how much we needed to get away but didn’t even know it. And now we’re back and…