Asparagus is peeking up!

This morning I noticed my favorite sign of spring – the first asparagus tips peeking through. The tall one is about the size of my thumb. Hooray!  

Mulberries are starting to ripen!

The mulberries on the trees that line our yard are beginning to ripen. Time to pick, clean and dehydrate some to follow through on my goals for the year! I may even make some jam!

2014 Magicicadas in Illinois

Just this week we started finding hundreds (ok thousands) of cicadas outside each morning and everyday the hum in the air is growing. A bit of searching turned up that 2014 in our part of IL is the year for emergence of brood III of the Magicacada, a 17 year periodical cicada. For more info…

2014 Growing and Gathering Goals

This will be our first full summer in our new house. We have a lot on our plate this year with gardening and landscape work, so I am trying to be realistic on my goals while focusing on using what we have (wild fruit, fruit trees, etc) and making the most of what we grow….

Could I ask an easy favor? Organic Gardening Photo Contest

I have exciting news. I submitted a photo to the 2011 Photo Contest from Organic Gardening and I was selected as one of the 10 finalists! My picture is number 5 – Picking Beans with Grandpa. It is a photo of my dad and my daughter picking green beans together. It is a treasured photo of…

Spice Organization – Free Printable Spice Labels

I have been staring into my spice cabinet for months trying to decide just how to overhaul the whole mess. It needed to be neat and orderly, preferably with the jars or canisters all the same size. And I need to be able to find things easily. It wouldn’t hurt for it to be pretty…