Seeds of Life

Seeds of Life

Grandpa Watts on the farm in Minnesota, 1940s

Our pioneer ancestors depended on seeds to survive and earn a living. For my farmer grandfather, and many generations of farmer ancestors before him, seeds were central to their survival. Without seeds, there would be no crops, no income, no food, no livestock, no future as a farmer.   Continue reading

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Poop Pile: Working With Compost

Poop Pile: Working With Compost

For the longest time, I felt guilty that I didn’t have a compost pile. I thought it was a lot of work and a stinky mess.

Source: grownyc.org

While I’m always looking for ways to live closer to the land, I also need to live simply. Continue reading

Victory Gardens

Victory Gardens

This has been my best year yet for my container veggie-and-herb garden. At least it started out great.

Container garden in the spring.

Here in Florida, the soil is super-sandy. Hard to grow anything in it and hard to improve it. I tried for three years, then gave up and went almost 100% to containers. Continue reading

We Bought A Zoo!

We Bought A Zoo!

Well, not really. Although we did love the movie!

But we did buy chickens. Tiny, fuzzy, cute, peeping little baby chickens. Three of them. That was about four months ago.

Left to right: Honey, Starr, Dorie

Now they are somewhat moody, broody, squawking, anxious pooping machines who are (I think!) getting ready to start laying eggs. Continue reading