My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Monday, April 29, 2019

4/29/19 Monday

I stopped by Golden Hill Nursery today and bought this pretty red rose named Oklahoma. It has a good strong fragrance, a major requirement for me. I also bought some ladybugs to release into the garden. I haven’t had any here since the Pinals burned so maybe adding some will help. 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday Sunday

Fresh cut peppermint
Today’s tea flavor is peppermint. It’s been hot but not miserable yet. I managed to get a coop cleaned out, another compost pile started, some laundry and dishes done. I remember to eat and drink.
Vintage incubator
I managed to get some more of my desk cleaned off and rearranged some piles in the living room so I could plug in my vintage 1950s incubator. I had set some eggs in my small table top but it malfunctioned and cooked them. I would rather have had chicks 2 months ago because they grow better and faster when it is cool, but just couldn't make it happen.

73 eggs going in
So in the top carton the 3 lefthand rows are Black Copper Marans, the row of 3 are true breeding olive eggers and last is Buff Orpington. In the bottom right carton at the right top are 3 lighter BCM eggs and some more Buff Orpington. Then 21 silkie eggs. The right hand carton are a more olive eggers from a different cross.

Friday, April 26, 2019


I spent the morning putting shade cloth up. I think Giotto approves. About a minute later the chickens in the big house were sounding off and Giotto started growling and sniffing the air. I didn’t see anything and started to open the gate when he lunged for it. I got his collar just in time. He was in full bore growling and barking. A coyote on the opposite hill broke cover and ran over the top of the ridge. Good boy Giotto!!

I got some tomatoes put in. 

It was hot so I went inside and tackled my desk. 

After 2 hours I can almost find it. 

65 eggs today. Wowza. I’m going to need two buckets if they keep going!

Thursday, April 25, 2019


Yeah. I did. I bought some silkie chicks. 

I cut herbs for the chickens to eat. Here milkweed and clover. 

Some white horehound

 And calendula.  Also known as pot marigold. 

And catmint. Aka catnip. All mints are good for the chickens. 

I also clipped herbs for the nest boxes and got some of them cleaned out. This is mugwort. It smells like vanilla. 

Rosemary. I also added sage and tansy. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A Few Things Done

So on Sunday I painted at our local art fest. 2x2’ board. Not quite done here. 

My thornless red flowered locust is blooming.  They smell so good. 

I think it’s at least 15’ tall now.  That fence is 6’. Only been in the ground about 3 years or so. 

I did get the bolting kale and chard out and planted some squash in its place.  

Today in between short bursts of rain I set some posts and got some tomatoes put in. The chickens enjoyed the lambs quarters   

Thursday, April 4, 2019

More work

So on Wednesday I worked on the lower hoophouse. I pulled and reset the 3 downhill Tposts and the worst leaning one on the uphill side.  To fix the other two would require moving the panels totally out of the way. So it’s still going to lean a bit. Hopefully it will be ok once the end walls are in place.

I hiked up on the hill above my house. This is the view from up there of all the chicken houses. 

These irises are up on the hill.  I planted them there years ago to help with erosion control. 

Some purple iris growing by the driveway. 

A yellow Lady Banks rose. This is 2 years from a cutting. 

Giotto just cracks me up. That’s a sleeping bag with a broken zipper from the thrift store.