Author Archives: Brenda Embry

I Hired Some Help This Summer

Greedy Goats at work. https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2016/10/28/i-hired-some-help-this-summer/

I have a great view from my back porch.  But I have a slope just past the pool that is a grown up mess. A few trees were removed years ago to give the pool more sun which has allowed wild blackberries and poison ivy to thrive.  It was so grown up, the cows could not/would not […]

Bee Update

I haven’t posted much on the bees this summer, but I’m glad to report that all is well. I started the spring with one very strong hive.  This was one of the original hives I started with three years ago.  I decided in early spring to split the hive which means I took several frames […]

What a Summer

Multi-colored (orange, yellow, rust, gold) large marigolds--will get approximately 12-18 inches tall.  This annual needs full sun and will bloom all summer with dead heading.  (Dog not included

I can’t believe summer is over and I am loving the cooler weather that’s upon us. The gardens have had to fend for themselves this year as my sisters and I have been taking care of my dad after an accident in June.  Let’s just say his leg met a very heavy concrete slab and the slab […]

Tomato Woes

Every year I look forward to vine-ripened tomatoes. Starting in the fall, I carefully save seeds from my heirloom tomatoes, plant them in February in my greenhouse, and baby them until it’s warm enough to plant. I also start saving my eggshells in the winter so I can throw a handful in each hole when I […]

The Gardens at Moss Mountain

As one would expect from P. Allen Smith’s  Moss Mountain Farm, his gardens were absolutely incredible.  Mr. Smith led the garden tour and I’m sure he was telling everyone about all the different species and wonderful tidbits about each plant. Me?  I started out in the front of the line and somehow ended up being […]

Moss Mountain Farm

P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Garden Home Retreat

This week I had the privilege to participate in the Farm2Home event held at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm. P. Allen Smith is an author and television host based out of Arkansas.  His shows include Garden Home, Garden to Table, and Garden Style. He is passionate about promoting organic gardening, local foods and preserving heritage […]

I Need An Intervention

Since we last talked, I have acquired 2 more swarms.  Someone gave my name to Animal Control Services in a nearby town and they called one afternoon with a swarm of bees in a stack of pallets.   Dad and I boxed them up and took them to his house.  Thankfully, he already had an […]

Bee Stuff

The warm(ish) winter and spring have really jump started the bee hives. I went into winter with 2 hives.  Both hives had ample honey stores and were strong going into winter but one didn’t survive.  I’m not sure why.  Many experienced beekeepers in the area lost hives this winter so I wasn’t alone.  Most blamed the […]