pea sprout


    It’s the start of a new growing season and I am getting after it!!  Bill and I decided it is not quite time to ‘redo’ the garden beds and enclosure this year.  The beds and fencing wood are in okay shape for another year or two plus we will wait until the asparagus […]

snow on garden boxes


It’s a sad day when it’s time to say good bye to the garden for 6 months:(  I started the final stages of deconstructing the garden in October when the weather was still nice but snow was lurking around the corner!  All the warm weather vegetables had to come out first whether they were ripe […]

Basket of vegetables


SALSA INGREDIENTS! The season is starting to wrap up with cooler temperatures and shorter days.  No sign of frost yet this early October; so things are still growing but at a slower pace. I have harvested an incredible amount of tomatoes this year – around 100 pounds, the most since I started this garden 10 […]

canned/sealed produce


I have been very busy!!  Harvest time of year is great but a LOT OF WORK to manage all the fruits of my labor.  I am very diligent about using everything somehow; nothing goes to waste.  Actually, all the waste from processing the produce goes into the compost bin (future blog)! Mid July started with […]

basket of ripe tomatoes

“Pomme D’Amour” (Love Apple)

Tomatoes are one of my favorite garden vegetable/fruit (fruit has a ripened flower ovary). There are SO many ways to eat and prepare tomatoes:  BLT’s, cut up with oil & vinegar, caprese salad, pico de gallo, fresh and canned salsa, sauce, etc.  I usually grow about 40 plants of different varieties for different taste, texture […]

Garlic Braids


Garlic is sometimes called the “stinking rose” due to its strong odor from one of its components called ‘allicin’. It is native to South and Central Asia and has been around for several thousand years moving further west until the Renaissance when it became widely used for cooking.  Historically it has also been used for […]

doe and twin fawns at bird bath


All kinds of animals visit us on our 1.4 acre property including bears, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, deer, fox, rattlesnakes, rabbits, skunks and birds and mice!  When we built the garden, we had a good plan for fencing all these animals out, especially the rabbits and deer that just love the greenery.  We started with […]

Snap Pea growing


The season has finally taken off with real summer weather!   I have already been harvesting asparagus, spinach, green onions (planted last fall), arugula and lettuce.  The snap peas & regular peas are starting to produce fruit with tons of flowers for more to come!  The remaining summer veggies will be ready to pick in a […]

Spring Storm

Colorado Spring Garden Update

(Aerial View of Garden After Snow)  I directly sowed my warm weather vegetables – cucumber, cantaloupe, black beans, edamame and zucchini on May 9th.   They started poking their heads out in about 7 days.  I also took my tomatoes and peppers and placed all 7 trays (with 18 plants each) on one of the beds […]

asparagus spear

Spring Sowing and Reaping

  Soil amendments were added last fall. We turned a half a ton of steer manure into all the boxes of soil, added nitrogen and potassium so things were ready to be planted first thing this spring.  The first weekend in April the soil temperature 50 degrees and weather forecast showed no sign of spring […]

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