Heirloom Apples

Prior to 1900 there were over 8,000 varieties of apples. 8,000! That’s an amazing amount! But the vast majority of those varieties have become extinct and the others are quickly fading away. There appears to be only about 700 varieties left in private and public collections. Such a shame! Arkansas Black Apples I’m picky about…

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Things I’ve Learned Take 3

Gardening is always a learning experience. Sometimes you learn from your mistakes. And sometimes you don’t. This fall I knew not to wait too long to get all my fall veggies in the ground. Did I do that? Nope. My second planting of crops has been a complete failure. So this time I’m writing everything…

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Potatoes!

That starchy tuber – the Potato. I love digging up potatoes. It’s like a treasure hunt. This weekend we extended our potato bed and planted a new set of seed potatoes. We are fortunate to have a mild winter, so while the plants may freeze, if we put enough straw over the bed, they will…

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Pomegranate Trees

Living in California I definitely take Pomegranates for granted. We can grow them here and they are pretty common. Every nursery around here carries them. I’ve even used them in planting plans on model homes for developers. In the late spring and early summer the small, multi-branched tree becomes covered in these bright red flowers…

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Oink!

Gloucestershire Old Spot Pig Yep, you’ve guessed it. We’re in the market for some hogs. Well, actually weaner pigs that we can raise for pork. Of all the stuff we do here, pigs are the least likely to fly with our neighbors. So we’re not going to keep them here. We’re currently working on getting…

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