Friday, November 28, 2014

Leftover Turkey Nachos

Confession: On Thanksgiving, I don't really love eating turkey.

It's true! Leftovers, though? I am all over those!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Reading Corner-- Two Old Potatoes and Me

Even though the potatoes are harvested, we keep coming back to this book. I think we have read it at least a hundred times! We have enjoyed it before, during, and now after our potato planting experiment--out of the hundreds of books in our shelves, this one just keeps getting chosen. I renewed it so many times from the library, they demanded it back when I ran out of allowed renewals...and then after I returned it, I went right back the next week and checked it out again with a fresh amount of allowed renewals. Is this a sign that perhaps we ought to just own the dang book?

It's such a sweet story about a girl and her dad planting potatoes in the back yard for the first time. The illustrations are colorful and fun, and the story is so completely relatable. From the moment the girl sees curling 'eyes' on a couple old potatoes and says "GROSS!" and her father suggests that no, they are not gross, they may actually grow new potatoes, we were hooked. After all, we had our own similar situation a year ago (click here to see the old potatoes we decided we'd try to plant).

Monday, November 3, 2014


I introduce, with an admittedly contrived pun, my "fermen-troduction" into the world
 of all foods fermented!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Autumn Beauty: Feeds our Souls and Our Gardens

Ahh, the beauty of it touches our souls. And feeds our gardens. :)

*Scroll down for THREE ways we use autumn leaves for our garden!*

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Our First Worm Casting Harvest

We have worm castings! The worm farm has been silently working for months, and we harvested our first batch of castings today.

I have a separate post detailing how we got those castings ready for harvest, but this is a simple journal post to show what we are doing with the castings right now. We used some, and we saved some!

We had planted our garlic a couple weeks ago and thought our castings would be the perfect snack to feed the garlic before winter sets in. We pushed aside the straw and sprinkled castings over the newly planted garlic before putting the straw back into place.

After top-dressing all the garlic, we still had some leftover castings, so we set up