Category Archives: Organic

After Shoveling Poop for Four Hours…I’m Pooped!

Life is a series of adjustments and compromises. I really wanted to finish the 4×5 section I had started on the outside southwest side of the foundation and put in my two bags worth of mortar and three hours of … Continue reading

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Weekend Work

  We received the new chicken coop. It’s another 10×10 dog kennel… Anna Nicole oversaw the construction carefully, and squawked orders at regular intervals… Meanwhile, the neighborhood stray, who we call Rico, relaxed in the grass. He likes to be … Continue reading

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Fight Ant Invasions Naturally

Years ago, my mother gave me three little sprigs of spearmint. These grew into over two hundred square feet of mint over the next five years. It would have been more, but we kept our main section in check with … Continue reading

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Need Organic Seed Potatoes? They are Going, Going, Almost GONE!

Hey everyone- CultivateKC has a line on some great seed potatoes. But they are wrapping up their order. If you are in the KC area and would like to get some, contact Ami via email at ami(at)cultivatekc.org. Ami just sent … Continue reading

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A Grim Future

I just found a rather frightening article on Reuters discussing the ramped up use of pesticides on American farms. Apparently the GM crops that Monsanto has been promoting so heavily are now encouraging the development of “superweeds” and have increased … Continue reading

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Coffee Grounds – Fertilizer AND Dog Deterrent!

I’m trying a couple of experiments with coffee right now. Experiment #1 – Can I put used coffee grounds directly onto plants? Experiment #2 – Through the liberal sprinkling of used coffee grounds, can I convince my 100+ pound dog … Continue reading

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For the Love of…Sprouts

My husband loves fresh sprouts on his sandwiches. I personally have found them rather repellant. Perhaps it is the ‘not as fresh as I would like’ smell that I get off of the alfalfa sprouts in the grocery store. Emily, … Continue reading

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The Great Peanut Harvest of 2011

After two light frosts, the peanut plants in one of my large 4×8 beds lay on the ground, dying, and I knew it was time… Time for the GREAT PEANUT HARVEST OF 2011! I’d like to take credit for digging … Continue reading

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Where Are All the Honeybees?!

It’s a good thing I’m planning on installing four, maybe even five beehives next year, because we need them…desperately. Obsessive, list-maker me, I kept a running tally last year of the fruits and vegetables I harvested, their weight, and the … Continue reading

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Plantin’, Plantin’, and MORE Plantin’!

It was a productive weekend ’round the old homestead. We’ve managed to plant plenty in the ground, just in time for the thunderstorm currently looming to the west of us. Dave took care of the rest of the rain barrels … Continue reading

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