Spring Garden Planning

Now that we’re back in the states and spring is right around the corner it is time to start preparing for the growing season. Such a change of pace from traveling and sightseeing to planning and cultivating, that’s the fun of a seasonal lifestyle! From our winter in Europe to our summer at home in…

My season as a flower farmer- Pisgah Flowers-Part 2

Planting Round 1- Pisgah Flowers is located in the mountains of western North Carolina in south Asheville. We are in zone 6b and our average first frost free date falls on April 12th and we have an average of 195 days for a growing season. Frost free dates can be found online here. I did…

My season as a flower farmer-Pisgah Flowers- Part 1

This post is the start of a series about the first year of starting a small farm specializing in cut flowers. The series will highlight the challenges, steps and joys of starting a business, farm and creative endeavor. If you are interested in the subject and have questions please feel free to leave comments and…

Life back in the Airstream

Returning from New Zealand we moved back into our 1978 Airstream and have settled back into full time trailer life. When we got home I started full steam on my new adventure- starting a small cut flower farm on the land. Over the last two months I have been tilling, turning and babying the land so…

A Winter’s Night In- Herbal Tea, Honey and Soak

Had a stressful week? Winter weather bringing you down? What you need is a cup of tea and a relaxing soak. I am taking an medicinal herbs class and this week we learned about herbal teas, tinctures and soaks. Here are a few recipes for a relaxing evening in on a cold winter night. Herbal…

Mini Greenhouse

This Christmas one of the white elephant gifts was a mini greenhouse from Ikea. It is a perfect way to bring a bit of gardening and plant life to a cold winter! We tried terrariums a few years back which I loved but am excited about this new mini greenhouse. It offers a fun visual to…

Cider Press Adventures

When we set out a few years ago to make hard cider for my sister’s wedding we searched high and low for a cider press. It was the fall and the tool library’s cider press was in high demand and the community cider press day in town had already come and gone. Two years later…

Bosnia and Herzegovina Easter- Natural Egg Design and Dye

I was lucky enough to be an Activity Leader for a Youth Leadership Program for students and teachers from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The program ran for four weeks and went over Easter. While we were on a retreat on Whidbey island some of the teachers shared their Easter traditions with me which I am excited…

Fever Few

Back again for another mid-winter blues herb gardening post. Last year we went to the Shiner’s Club garden sale and picked up anything we could get our hands on and ending up walking out with a few items I had even heard of before. One of them was feverfew, turns out it is a wonderful…

Yarrow

My love for backyard herb gardening makes winter really tough this time of year. So to celebrate the idea of spring coming in the near future here is a little herb garden tidbit to get us looking to the coming months. Yarrow-(also known as; Milfoil, Old Man’s Pepper, Soldier’s Woundwort, Knight’s Milfoil, Herbe Militaris, Thousand…

Lemon Balm Tea

Today is the first day of summer and what better way to celebrate than some homemade garden grown lemon balm tea. First Day of Summer’s Garden Bounty Lemon balm is  a member of the mint family, is considered a calming herb with many uses. It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress…

Scratch Brewing

Scratch brewing season! We started the season off last weekend planting our Cascade hops, Black Lace Elderberry, Juniper, Raspberries, Lemon Balm, Bee Balm, Moonshine Yarrow. All ingredients for our scratch brewing experimental beers for brewing this spring and summer. We got lucky this year and saved some money by finding the plant sale at the senior center,…