Category Archive: Grow it yourself

It’s a Plan, Not a Mandate

Yes, I have once more mapped out a plan for my raised beds. Long-time readers will know that the odds of the final 2022 Food It Yourself garden looking anything like this plan… Continue reading

Shaping Up for Spring

We are approaching what passes for “springtime” in central New England. Some days are around 60F, other days the temperature tops out at 20-something. We have been on this climatic roller-coaster since mid-February.… Continue reading

Food It Yourself Garden 2022: Planning All the Things

It is the coldest day (so far) of the 2021-2022 winter season here in central Massachusetts. It was exactly 00F at 7:00am today. The chickens are at maximum fluff and we are feeding… Continue reading

Food It Yourself 2021 Gardening Season in Review

How on earth is it November, already? it seems like just yesterday I was perusing seed catalogs and rototilling my front lawn into a large planting bed. The gardening season has passed in… Continue reading

PUMPKIN TIME!

What’s just over 65 lb and full of sincerity? The Food It Yourself 2021 pumpkin harvest! The squashes have turned a brilliant orange. The vines have died back. Best of all, my straw… Continue reading

Late Summer is Actually Just Early Pumpkin Season.

We have almost made it through August! The hottest part of the year is theoretically behind us. We are picking and putting up tomatoes. We are harvesting herbs to dry over the winter.… Continue reading

Nothing But Sincerity!

I am so excited about our pumpkins this year. The vines in the raised beds are huge, and still growing. There are currently five pumpkins, and the vines are still blooming, so we… Continue reading

It’s Growing To Be an Interesting Season…

The overall condition of New England Garden Season 2021 has been unstable. May started out warm, until Memorial Day weekend, which felt like Thanksgiving. June brought mid-August levels of heat and humidity, but… Continue reading

Challenge Accepted!

I am very happy to report that the raised garden beds planned by our Church congregation’s eagle scout candidate have been constructed and filled. As I noted earlier in the season, community gardens… Continue reading

Go Away. You Bug Me

It is June. The Food it yourself garden is growing, blooming, and generally looking amazing. We have been harvesting herbs, bok choy and so many strawberries. The chickens are still laying four to… Continue reading