Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ginger Kombucha

We decided that our ginger flavored Kombucha was ready yesterday. Delicious! Will try our hand at the carbonated version with our next batch. Let the fermenting begin.

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Just marked one year in our little farmhouse. This little house was built in 1923. The date was embedded in the cement with small pebbles. At one time it was surrounded by hay and lily fields. We are surrounded by storage units because the owner of the property saved this little farmhouse. At first we had doubts about living here but now our surroundings are like a blank canvas. We have worked at turning this into our sanctuary, our secret garden. We feel blessed to have a place to grow things once again. Had a WOW experience when we looked back at the before and after photos. And what fun it was to create this.....

September 2013

September 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Kombucha & Kefir

I guess we have a little chemist in us. We are really enjoying growing our own live food. Kombucha mushroom and Kefir grains arrived today. Let the fermenting begin!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Homemade Sauerkraut Part 2

Well, it's finally time to harvest our first batch of homemade sauerkraut. It has been 6 weeks since we packed it away. How exciting! Verdict? Delicious!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Brugmansia and Datura

Have always wanted to grow these plants - brugmansia and the beautiful double purple datura. They are putting on quite a show for us. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Our First Homemade Sauerkraut Part 1

Have been planning to attempt homemade sauerkraut for years. Finally broke down and bought our water sealed crock. This is exciting! We even grew our own cabbage. We love learning about new things, especially when it has to do with food and nutrition. What we are learning about live foods and the immune system is amazing.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Tomatoes in April!

I dedicated one of my small raised beds to Mesclun to which I added an extra package of Arugula seeds as well as some left over lettuce seeds so my bed should be very dense with greens! We have had so much rain lately that I "tented" my two small beds to not only keep the rain from flooding them but to help warm them. My other small bed is planted with a new red Kale in the center area with golden and red beets around the perimeter. I love to sculpt my garden beds with color and texture. I'll enclose a picture of my new sprouts along with my tomatoes. For the very first time in my life, I have a wonderful sunroom, a veritable hothouse on the front of our home. One of the first things I thought of was, "I can grow tomatoes year around!!" I'm also trying a burpless cuke.

My cucumber

                                                               Heirloom Cherry

                                        Black Cherry, Peacevine, Sun Gold and Heirloom Cherry

                                                     Mesclun bed sprouting

                                                           One of our small Zen gardens
Tented beds

Sugar snap peas

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Where to Begin

Our Zen Feature
After roaming the highways and bi-ways for many years, taking care of farms and homes that belonged to others, we are settling into our own place. We found a little rental in Brookings - Harbor, Oregon - an old farmhouse built in 1923 - and we are busy creating a little haven for ourselves. Since the yard had been let go for many years we have a clean slate to work with. In addition to the little yard there is a wonderful sun room for growing tomatoes.
Our First Nasty Blooms
Sunroom Tomatoes