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…

Winter wonderland.

Oh, PEOPLE! It’s a beautiful land out here. It’s that rare magic of rain turned ❄️ that we of Pacific Northwest ilk don’t often experience. I know our little shovelfuls of snow ain’t nuttin to the polar freeze capturing the Midwest. I know. But our little stretch of pearly white nature blankets has brought us the magic…

Tomatoes At Last!

Representing nine months of planning, starting, planting, pruning, hoop house building, and worrying, may I introduce you to Our Very First Bowl of Variety Tomatoes for 2018. Hundreds more to follow. The upcoming harvest looks like it will be positively ginormous. Check in tomorrow for an easy first tomato soup recipe and photos using these…

Letting the outside in. Or taking the inside out.

I caught this photo while sitting in the loft of Brian’s art studio. My daughter doesn’t like it because she feels like I look like a ghost. I suppose there is a spirit-y quality to it, maybe a bit haunting, but I like it because I’m a part of the apple orchard and the hillside…