But is it sustainable?

Sustainability has become one of those words that gets used with little thought. But it is a really big deal. Climate change, deforestation, pollution and threatened species all serve to remind us that it is a finite world. We can’t take more than what the world can replenish or withstand. This applies to all things … [Read more…]

Leaps forward

In February I was putting on the brakes. The odd weather had the garden confused and I had to reel in my enthusiasm. Now, in May, everthing has leapt forward. The grapevine in the greenhouse has fruit developing. We have a dozen lambs in the barn, lettuce in the garden and a vase of lilac … [Read more…]

Sharing the bounty

Yesterday, we attended a family reunion. My generation are now the elders of the family – some of us are grandparents. As the family continues to grow, it has also become more widespread, making it difficult for the younger generation who are busy with their babies and jobs to attend family gatherings. We shared photos … [Read more…]

Seeds or starts? Measuring success…

July. Everything is blooming, producing, ripening. Every day is harvest day. In addition to the constant filling of baskets and prepping the bounty for dining or preserving, it is a great time to assess the harvest and the choices I made earlier in the year. In spring, the seductive seed catalogues and racks of seedlings … [Read more…]

Bunnies, bugs and slugs – oh, my!

As the weather warms up, everything starts growing quickly. Soon, we find ourselves tired of eating asparagus every night, overwhelmed with lettuce and wondering what to do with all that parsley. Garden pests to the rescue! Our vegetable garden is well-fenced to keep the deer and sheep out. The resident bear stays out, too. However, … [Read more…]

Digging in.

A month later, the garden renovation is almost complete. Sixteen raised beds have been built, placed and (mostly) planted. The pathways are covered in chip and seeds are sprouting. Everything looks tidy and fresh. Very heavy rain in April slowed down progress and made soil-moving miserable. I don’t usually dig the beds – it isn’t … [Read more…]

Renovations

The photograph is of the vegetable garden about a year after buying the farm. It was a field of hip-high grass when we arrived but some careful weed whacking uncovered about 20 blueberry bushes, a row of raspberries, a large tri-colour sage and some other herbs. I built raised beds using recycled lumber from outbuildings … [Read more…]

Itchy fingers

It happens every year. A few mild days fool the garden – and me – into thinking it’s spring. A few brave bulbs send up their flowers, the seed catalogues arrive and my fingers start itching to get out there and plant something. Some of the over-wintering vegetables shift into gear, and fresh sprouting broccoli, … [Read more…]

Time flew…

A friend mentioned in a note that it had been a long time since I posted something new. Where did that time go?!? It flew by. I can make lots of excuses, but I feel a sense of loss for all those days that rushed past while I was busy with stuff. It brings to mind John Lennon’s … [Read more…]

Ebb and flow

Living on a farm keeps us attuned to the continuous ebb and flow of life. Our sheep, the multitude of birds, and the wild rabbits remind us year-round of the cycle of life. In the garden, seeds sprout, plants grow, bear fruit and wither. Today, a solar eclipse served as a reminder that we are … [Read more…]