Tag Archives: chickens

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 […]

Cow tested

The last post was all about plants, so today equal time will be given for the animals around the farm. The chickens are growing very fast. They were moved to their chicken tractor last week and seem to be enjoying the change of scenery.  The day I moved them though, caused the cow council to hold […]

It's Time for a Meet and Greet

When you scramble your eggs in the morning, do you ever think about where they came from?  Do you wonder where those chickens live?  Are they happy?  Are they healthy? I recently read an article that stated only one-third of children know where their food comes from.  Amazingly, the same article stated only one-third of adults know […]

Out With The Old

When we built our house years ago, I planted ‘Goldflame’ Spirea in the front beds. 15 years later, those Spirea have seen better days.    A few late freezes, an extreme ice storm, and brutal hot, dry summers have wreaked havoc on their old limbs.  Many had dead centers, a couple were completely dead and the rest were just pitiful. Thus […]

Santa Baby

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. Or the movie Frozen. After 8 days of this mess, my driveway still looks like this. The chickens are not sure what to think about all this white stuff. This is their first major snow and they are not about to come out of that coop.  […]

Just Because It's Fall…

doesn’t mean the flower beds are empty.  Actually, I think my garden looks best in late summer and fall than any other time. My Callicarpa americana (aka Beautyberry) is full of berries.  This Arkansas native shrub grows well in my bed that receives full sun until around mid afternoon.  Birds will eat the berries but […]

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)

Garden Happenings

Despite the cooler weather, the garden is beginning to grow. The lettuce and broccoli are loving the cooler temps, but the tomatoes and peppers are wishing for more heat. I’ve been trying to use companion plants to keep bugs at bay and help with increased yields and flavors. Borage planted with tomatoes is said to […]

There are Good Guys..

and there are Bad Guys in the garden. These Guys have been spotted on the potatoes. They are potato beetles They are the Bad Guys.  They can devour a crop of potatoes very quickly if left unchecked. These have also been spotted in the garden. They are Lady Bugs. They are Good Guys.  They devour the Bad […]