A Message for Peace

I had to throw out my words today about crazy holiday gift ideas. The recent news of innocent children slain in Newtown make us all question who we, as a human race, have become. Maybe it's time to get back to the garden...

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December Bees

A sunny day in early December and the bees are out! Hooray! And even more amazing - they are finding pollen! But where? Should I feed them? Are they ready for winter?

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Thanksgiving Every Day

Wishing you abundance in your life, however that may be defined! Have a safe and happy holiday - and may it be full of love and laughter!

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Food Forest Beginnings and Fall Tasks in the Orchard

Grass, to me, is Orchard Enemy #1. I talk about how to get rid of it, how to turn an orchard into a food forest, and what to do to get your orchard ready for winter, thanks to tips from Michael Phillips' book, The Holistic Orchard.

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The Willow Room Dance

Welcome to my secret garden: the Willow Room. It didn't start out as much - just a few twigs; but it has transformed into something truly magnificent! A place to dance and celebrate autumn!

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Time to Plant Garlic!

Time to get that garlic in the ground if you haven't already! Need garlic? We still have some! Want a tool to make the planting easier, faster, & more uniform? We have just the thing! Need planting tips? Look no further!

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What’s Wrong with My Garlic?

What's Wrong with My Garlic? Does your garlic have yellow-tipped leaves, signs of mold and rot, falling over stems, thirsty insects sucking the living juice right out of the plants? If you don't think you have problems, after reading this, you might change your mind.

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Garlic Status: Mid-July

I am getting lots of questions about where we're at with the garlic - when we'll have bulbs for sale - and how about the bulbils? Here's my final, not-so-final, wishy-washy answer to predicting the future.

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Three Sisters Corn Patch

Thinking of a "3 Sisters' Garden"? (corn, beans, and squash together). Can you still plant corn in the Pacific Northwest? I planted June 16 last year, sort of 3-sisters' style (sort of not). Great results! Read on!

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Plant ON, Plant People!

Is it too late to plant spinach? When should you plant tender veggies? What to plant? Did you miss your planting window? Or is it just opening? These questions and more, not necessarily answered.

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Permaculture by Nature

Before we coined the word, "Permaculture," Nature was already perfecting it on her own. Here, Paul Gautschi describes his methods of mimicking nature by applying mulch in his garden. The results? Absolutely amazing! His approach has recently been featured in a film, "Back to Eden." Happy International Permaculture Day!

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Warre Beehive Update: Save the Queen!

A heroic effort on my part, as well as by the bees. We all had the same mission, really, to Save the Queen - we just had slightly different approaches, being as I was perceived as a smoke-breathing giant intent on raiding their hive!

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Let ‘er Bee Free!

Do you install bees? Dump them? Pour them? Knock them in? Release them? And what happens when you let loose 15,000 (or so) bees? Here's how it went down, folks. Happy Earth Day!

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Warre Hives Set Up at Barbolian Fields

A video and some close-up pictures on the Warre hives we built. If you are looking for something simple, inexpensive, and something that naturally lets the bees do what they instinctively do - this is it!

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Bee Ready – Ain’t Mis-bee-havin’!

Happy Earth Day! In celebration, we are releasing somewhere around 20,000 bees into their new home, a Warre Hive situated on the back side of Barbolian Field. Here are a few videos to show you how we are getting ready for this big event (and conquering a few fears in the process!)

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Nettle Soup

Looking for a good recipe for Nettle Soup? Look no farther! All these nutrient-dense weeds growing out there wild and free - and free for the taking! Indulge in one of nature's superfoods!

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Tracking the Sun

Hooray! It's officially spring! Days are getting longer than the night - finally! Here are some cool tools to help you track the way the sun changes with the seasons and some ideas on how to apply that info to your garden design.

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Is Your Garden Boring? (The Food-Forest Solution)

Has winter exposed your garden as a bunch of boring rectangles and squares? Do you wish it more replicated real life, running in circles? There is help for people like us. Work WITH nature to transform your labor-intensive squares into a self-supporting food forest.

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A Case of March Madness

Winter doldrums got you down? Beware of March Madness - when everything goes a little crazy - and not just the weather and the weeds. Indulge your compulsion to "buy more plants." They are good for you.

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16 Days Until Spring

A gallery of buds and blooms - the garden is waking up and it looks like it has been watered with a triple shot of caffeine! Spring is only 16 days away! Yippee!

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First Sprouts of Garlic!

Mid-February and the garlic is UP! Tallest in the patch is the Chinese Pink, a Turban variety, but all varieties are making a showing. These hardy little bulbs can handle the rough weather ahead. Just be careful with the mulch!

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Death by Garlic, Revived by Kale

February is a weird month - we get a little bit of everything in the weather department. We do a lot of fantasizing through seed catalogs and are anxious to get our hands back in the dirt. When the winter blues & blahs get you down, our latest kale recipe, "Death by Garlic, Revived by Kale," is sure to bring you around.

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For the Love of Kale (and Garlic and Cauliflower)

What's to salvage out of a garden hammered by winter storms? Italian Lacinato (or Tuscan) Kale stands strong! Here's a great recipe for Chicken-Kale-Cauliflower casserole (with a fair amount of garlic, of course!)

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How to Prune an Old Apple Tree

Got pruning phobia? Never fear. This 5-step approach to fruit tree pruning will help you get those old apple trees back into shape in no time! (Well, maybe in a few years, anyway.)

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Reflections, Resolutions, and to All a Good Night

Do you make garden resolutions? I'm going to keep it simple in 2012 - going to make it a year to slow down, linger awhile, and smell the flowers. A garden teaches us so much if we just stop, look, and listen.

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Handmade Christmas Gift Strategy

Ok. We're in countdown-to-Christmas mode. We love the idea of handmade gifts, but finding time to make them is another matter. Here's a strategy on how to manage your time and achieve your wildest dreams. Ok, maybe not that exactly.

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Thanksgiving Dog Biscuits

Here's the basic recipe: turkey, pumpkin, whole eggs, rice flour, nutritional yeast, a little oil and molasses. No wheat, no corn, no artificial anythings. Give your dog something to howl about!

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Thank You, Good Earth

Hope your Thanksgiving was full of giving thanks. A few thoughts on gratitude, abundance, and how fortunate we are. Thank you, readers, for following my posts!

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‘Tis the Season for Transylvanian

Halloween Night! What a fright! Protect yourself with Transylvanian Garlic! Special sale on braids - while supplies last. Warning! It packs more than just a little bite. Seriously. I warned you. Vampires need not apply.

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A Somewhat Unconventional Garlic Garden

I tried a little unconventional approach to this year's garlic garden. I built the beds in a series of circles around nitrogen-fixing shrubs and a meandering form that looks a lot like my life - er, I mean, a whirligig. Whatever. I was lost.

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Got Garlic???? YES we DO!

We still have lots of garlic! In trying to set up a storefront, I wiped out my page that lists them. If you're looking for great garlic to plant or to eat, shoot me an email and I'll get back to you. It might take me awhile to find a fix!

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Garlic Planting Planner

Having trouble figuring out how much garlic you can plant in your garden? Or maybe how much garden you need to plant all your garlic? I've created a little tool in Excel that will do all the math for you - leaving you more time to get down and get dirty in the garden! Check out the Barbolian Fields Garlic Planting Planner.

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Surrounded by Garlic!

Got garlic? One can never have too much. See what it's like to be surrounded by about 1000 bulbs and over 130 pounds of this fragrant stuff -- swooooon...

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