Category Archives: organic

Ten things to keep in mind when starting a small orchard in Iowa

I met with a young man this afternoon who wants to plant 100 apple trees on his acreage.  I invited him to our property  this afternoon to go over some basics. I knew I could pass onto him in 30 … Continue reading

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Spring Potato Harvest

Last year it happened by accident. This year I did it on purpose. I left some of our potato crop in the ground over the winter under heavy mulch. Some of the potatoes  turned to mush and some of them … Continue reading

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Better than Pumpkin Pie

Last Fall, during the busiest part of harvest, I still had several smaller pie pumpkins left over.  I hated to just throw them away  but I didn’t have much time to mess with them either, so after doing a little … Continue reading

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The Ruth Stout Gardening Model

 View from our 2nd story farm house window I discovered the soil in my little “Ruth Stout” gardening plot  teeming with bugs and earthworms this morning.  Picked up a square of moldy hay and dozens of  crickets and other creepy … Continue reading

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Ruth Stout

Take a moment to watch this clip…. _________________________ That video  was  rumbling around in my head   last night  while I was sitting next to the produce department @ Walmart waiting for my wife. All of those beautiful, multicolored, textured, near … Continue reading

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Gardening and Depression

Once in a while I will re-post something on the blog that catches my eye. This is one of those article.  You can find the original article    here DM ______________________________ While mental health experts warn about depression as a … Continue reading

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Heritage Chicks are here!

I got a phone call 6:30 AM Thursday morning from the post office.  Our little peepers were in!  Come and get them 🙂 Our new Chicken shed in transit.   Found a John Deere wagon running gear on Craigs list for … Continue reading

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