Garden Update (Finally!)

vegetable garden

I've been meaning to do garden updates pretty much ever since I planted the garden in the spring. I'm finally getting around to it! Last year our garden didn't do very well. All of our tomatoes got blight. Our strawberries all got mold. Several other vegetables didn't thrive (I can't even remember what all we had now.) We definitely lost money [More...]


Dandelion Honey Recipe

dandelion honey

  I know, I know. Honey comes from bees. But if you have dandelions and no bees, this is a yummy alternative! It may not be as healthy as honey because it uses processed sugar but it tastes surprisingly similar to honey and makes for a good treat. Making dandelion honey is a bit time consuming (mostly just letting the honey simmer) but [More...]

A Money-Making Endeavor

bean plant

Tobi is starting to want to have his own money. His birthday was in December and his birthday money is long gone. So he's come up with a few ideas to make some money this summer. One of his ideas was to have a plant sale. So the kids planted a bunch of beans (we started the plants late and I figured beans would grow the quickest..and we had the [More...]

Garden Update: Freezing Carrots

harvesting and storing your garden carrots

God is good! I really didn't expect much else from the garden this year to be honest, we'd kind of given up on it and neglected it. We did get a lot of strawberries in the spring, and we got some peas, beets, grape tomatoes, a couple of heads of broccoli, and our onions..but with such a dry summer this year everything else was doing pretty [More...]

Meal Plan Monday July 16

meal plan

Have you entered the great Tupperware Giveaway that's open right now? It will only take you a minute, and you could win a Tupperware pitcher and tumblers! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Ours was pretty good. The heat is getting to us though! It's been a super dry summer so far, with only about 20mm of rain since the beginning of June. Our [More...]

We’ve Got Veggies! {Garden Update}

veggie garden 2012

Though a garden does involve some initial start-up costs, it can be a great way to save money on produce. You don't even need to know how to can; many veggies freeze well! This is our 3rd year with a garden, and we've learned a lot over the last couple of summers. This looks like it will be our best harvest yet. (We lost a lot of veggies to birds [More...]

Garden Pests

garden pests

My husband has been grabbing various gardening books from thrift stores and one of them I think has become one of my favourites, just because of some of the humour they put into it. The book, entitled Fruits and Vegetables: Growing Your Own, by Rand McNally, has a section in the book devoted to common garden pests. Here are two of the [More...]