Posts Tagged ‘Heirloom Gardening’

Garden Update: First Crocus, Hazelnut Catkins, Sedum, and Bulb Action

While the West Coast has found itself with winter floods, here in Northern Indiana, we’ve had an unseasonably warm winter. I expected that, although even I’ve been surprised by just how warm: fifties to upper sixties in February. With sun! Thankfully, we’ve had at least some rain and a few snow showers, too, but as crazy as this weather is, it arrived as a welcome treat. We’ve taken many long walks on trails and in the woods, and I even spent some time cleaning up the garden.

Yesterday, I noticed a lot of bulbs beginning to poke through. When I took over Haus Am See in Fall 2015, I added another 1,000 Spring bulbs to the hundreds I had already planted around Faery Hof. I didn’t know how many would return this year, as apparently, not all tulips remain perennial. It looks like most plan to reveal themselves again, as I see signs of hyacinths, daffodils and tulips poking their way through mulch and thyme. Last Fall, I  planted another 100 or so bulbs, mostly a wide blooming time array of daffodils and some extra hyacinths.

What a nice surprise to see some crocus, though! These two smiled at me yesterday, as I moved mulch to weed. Normally, the bunnies eat these before I get to enjoy them, but here they bloom — the very first harbingers of Spring:


Some of the nine sacred hazel trees and shrubs Continue reading

Late Afternoon in the Garden

This is one of my favorite times of the day in the gardens — not due to the temperature, but due to the quality of light. I love how it seems to stream from heaven over all the flowers. Too pretty to keep to myself:

back gardens 7-13

back beds 7-13

bed bed 7-13

tomatoes, pumkins, gourds and melons

more maters 7-13

purple coneflower with lavender in back 7-13

white lilies

front herb bed 7-13

scarlet runners


front flowers 7-13

looking over the back beds 7-13

Blessed Be!

Happy Spring!

Pink geranium

Happy Vernal Equinox 2014! It’s a sunny day here in Goshen, Indiana, perfect for planting some cold hardy spring greens in the cold frame. I’ve given myself a mini-vacation this week, finally doing a 3-Day Cleanse, which just happens to finish today. I’ve meant to do the cleanse since January 1, but I haven’t had the right window of zero obligations beyond my own scheduling. This week presented itself and once I started, I realized the perfect timing. Spring cleanse and spring cleaning!

In what may have been the gardening equivalent of grocery shopping before dinner, I spent the past two days plotting our various gardens with a newly “hired” garden faery muse. She’s really switched up my plans for the yard, but I love all the new directions, as well as the extreme variety of crops and flowers we’ll have. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is my new favorite seed company. In rereading parts of Gaia’s Garden for the third or fourth time — but for the first time I have a cold frame and already prepared and highly varied planting spots — I realized we could get some major polycultures going here with the right combo’s of seeds. I love these old varieties, most of which offer detailed customer reviews about flavor, performance and appearance.

As a perfect spring present to myself (and Goshen, since I’ll be demo-ing it to our community), I also learned that my just-ordered Garden Tower shipped out today! I’m so excited to grow fifty plants in four square feet of space. We don’t need the extra ground space, but I talked to three of the guys at The Garden Tower Project (Colin, Joel and Tom), and I just love their enthusiasm and vision. They designed the Garden Towers after visiting Will Allen‘s Growing Power. The towers include a built-in vermicomposter (for worm castings) and use only eight cubic feet of soil to grow all those plants. I see so many possibilities for communities looking to provide winter food security in solar-panel- or wood-stove-heated greenhouses. I am not an affiliate or anything like that; I just feel called to model what’s possible for those with limited growing space.

Garden Tower partner Colin is the son of Ann Kreilkamp (, who synchronously just posted about the Garden Tower she brought down to her family in Louisiana. Click here to share more spring gardening joy!

Cheers and a Happy Birthday to my nephew, Anthony and my Schizandra and the Gates of Mu character, Haru (Japanese for “spring”).

Help Save One of America’s Non-GMO Seed Houses

Another quick update, but one very close to my own heart:

D. Landreth Seeds, America’s oldest seed company, which carries 900+ varieties of heirloom and non-GMO seeds, needs to raise $1 million this month in order to stay in business. A paperwork snafu (detailed on their Facebook page) has resulted in them having less than 30 days to pay back lenders unwilling to give them an extension on their loans. In a world of Frankenfoods and a country with a former Monsanto lawyer appointed Food Czar of the FDA, we need to support all the non-GMO seed companies we can!

Biological diversity remains one of the keys to survival on this planet. Just this week, the news announced that Monsanto’s pesticide-corn crops have been destroyed by the bug they were designed to resist. Mother Nature wins again: bugs adapt faster than the fertility-destroying, health-wrecking GM corn with its own built-in pesticide. Monsanto would love to take over the entire world food supply, and anyone who’s watched Food Inc. knows about the thuggery and aggressive “legal” practices of this corrupt company. While other countries burn down GM crops, the US continues to allow, even encourage, Monsanto to rule the roost. Not only does this present health dangers to those who consume foods that turn on the obesity gene and mess with the endocrine system, but having only one (likely flawed) version of each food makes food famines a widespread and real possibility. When entire crops become decimated, biological diversity offers other strains in place of the vulnerable versions. Heirloom seeds protect this variety, and in turn protect us.

Not to mention taste! Anyone who’s eaten an heirloom tomato knows that the fresh, sweet, tangy burst of flavor puts supermarket tomato clones to shame. There’s just no comparison! Whether you shop organic, grow your own foods, or even just want to support the future of the human race, please take a moment to buy some seeds from Landreth Seed Co. You just never know when those seeds might save your life! Without support, this company WILL go out of business, taking with it a large piece of our own health and freedom. Here’s a link for more information and where to find your seeds. (I have no relation to Landreth Seed Co, by the way. This is just a crucial issue in a crucial time.) Many thanks!