Wading Through the Weeds: Backyard Foraging {Part 1}

St. John’s wort is a wonderful mood booster

I figured the ultimate in crunchiness would be to try suburban foraging, so off I went into the wild frontier…or, ahem, my weed-filled lawn. Whether it be edible, medicinal, or ornamental, I was determined to see what I could identify and use. Shall we see what resides in a spray-free lawn in SE Michigan? […]

I’m A Gardener! {Veggie Garden Update}

It’s official! I am a vegetable gardener. Not necessarily a good one but my gardening guru told me that, if I’m getting food from my plants, I am in fact a gardener. I have learned that some plants are very forgiving no matter your thumb color, so I will forgo patting myself on the back just yet.

It feels like an Oprah giveaway show every time I find something ready to harvest in my modest backyard garden. Even the herbs I started last year give me a heavy dose of satisfaction. Growing food ROCKS.

Hello cucumbers!

Click here to see the pictures that were taken just 4 weeks ago. Can you believe how much these plants have grown? Already topping the trellis stakes at 6 feet tall with no signs of stopping. I have estimated their growth at over 5.5 feet in less than 5 weeks. Wow. Double wow. […]

How To Be The Worst Gardener Ever and Still Grow Food {Veggie Garden Update}

Oh the hope I was filled with when I dreamt up and planned a vegetable garden. I was sure that by midsummer, I would have a lush garden full of edible abundance.

Instead I have some of this going on.  […]

My Homesteading Goals

World War I poster. "Waste not, want not....

We are branching beyond REAL FOOD and learning to become self-sufficient suburbanites (we, like there’s a mouse in my pocket).

Hubby is happy to let me go about my merry way and enjoys the results of my labors but isn’t very enthusiastic about becoming a homesteader. Luckily, Katie and I are having a blast.

I look forward to the day  […]

Veggie Garden Update {Things Are Looking Up!}

Well, well, well. Do you know what vegetable plants really like? Water. Every morning it seems, […]