Category Archives: Arkansas blogger

When I Can't Garden, I Cook

Dreary days in the winter don’t work for me.  I can tolerate the cold if the sun is shining, but when it’s not, it can be so depressing.  Usually when this happens, I head to the kitchen and cook.  It’s still January though and everyone is still trying to get their holiday indulgences corrected so, therefore, I have […]

Pinterest Fails

from pinterest https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2016/11/26/pinterest-fails

Whenever I comment on a great food I have eaten or complement a cool project someone has done, it’s usually followed by the phrase, “I got it off Pinterest”. Pinterest is a great source for ideas and when my internal alarm clock goes off extra early, I find myself perusing the endless pictures of recipes and decorating ideas.  Through these […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chicken Coop with Living Roof

I had toyed with the idea of raising chickens for several years but, with no existing chicken house on the property and no idea where I would put one, I pushed the idea aside. But never the dream. The chicken house I had in mind would be a combination of garden shed and chicken coop.  I had envisioned […]

On the Same Level as Comfort Food

When the weather starts to get cold, people start talking about comfort food. Chicken Soup. Lasagna. Mashed potatoes. Anything warm, gooey, buttery or cheesy seems to get the title of comfort food. Although I am a huge fan of comfort food, cold weather also signals the onset of my favorite time of year–comfort clothes season. I hate […]

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

I keep forgetting to show you pictures of my birthday party! As I’ve told you, for my 50th birthday , I wanted to do something memorable. When my sisters asked what I was going to do, I jokingly told them I wanted to do the zipline through the Buffalo National River forest. Jokingly, because I […]

Chicken Coop Update and Some Other Stuff

I just realized I haven’t done a chicken coop update in a while. There are some changes coming to the coop, but I wanted to show you how the roof is coming along. Let’s travel back in time to late winter when the coop was being built. I planted the roof in April And here it is […]

My Garden Helper This Weekend

I was so lucky to have some help in the garden this weekend. Someone to help me check the sweet potatoes and the new bed of squash and corn. Someone to check the railroad tie that separates these beds. Where else could we do our ‘matchsticks stemnasticks’ (Fantastic Gymnastics)