Lessons From The Garden

The garden may start out simply as a place to grow food, flowers and herbs. It may start as a place to grow some food for your family, so you can have garden fresh tomatoes or fresh herbs. It may be a place to gather cut flowers for your dining table, but in time you…

Encouraging Words For New Gardeners

As a new gardener it is hard to not get caught up in what everyone else is doing in their garden, especially on social media. Not to mention all the comparisons that happen, often between a new gardener and someone who has taken years to build up their garden experience. You may not know which…

5 Tips For Choosing What To Grow In Your Kitchen Garden

When you are just starting out as a new gardener it can be quite overwhelming to try to decide what to grow in the space you have. Most of us are growing in smaller spaces and must choose wisely what will take a spot in our garden. Below are 5 tips for choosing what to…

Growing An Autumn Garden

Autumn may be one of my favorite times to garden. Our hot summers come to an end and with that pest pressure and disease lesson. It’s also a time to revisit those things we love about a spring garden. Usually by the time we start to harvest from our autumn garden, we are really tired…

Gardening In The Heat Of Summer

Within the Arc of Seasons, as taught in the Gardenary method of gardening, July and August are considered the hot season here in the Denver Metro area. The hot season consists of temperatures ranging from 70°F – 90°F. Each season has specific plant families that grow well and others that struggle or are unable to…

June Gardening Tasks

June in my growing area is considered warm within the “Arc of Seasons” method of looking at the year. Arc of Seasons is something I learned in my Garden Coach and Kitchen Garden training courses through Gardenary, taught by Nicole Burke. In the Arc of Seasons temperature ranges are broken up into four distinct seasons:…

A Year End Review of My 2021 Blog Posts

It’s hard to believe we are so close to the end of the year. This will be my last blog post of 2021 and I wanted to share some posts from the past year. I wrote over 40 blog posts this year about gardening, holistic nutrition, cooking from scratch and life updates. I have enjoyed…

My Top Two Favorite Organic Soil Amendments

Amending your soil is a must of you want to have healthy, rich, living soil that nourishes your plants so they grow their best. When you grow plants, whether it’s food, flowers or herbs, they use up nutrients in the soil that need replacing for the next round of plantings. When it comes right down…

Cold Hardy & Frost Tolerant Vegetables

Once you learn what vegetables, fruits and herbs grow in which season, gardening will become much easier. When it comes to cool season vegetables, there is a range of temperatures vegetables can grow in. With the Gardenary method of kitchen gardening, the cool season temperatures range from 35 to 65°F. As a certified Gardenary Garden…

What I’m Doing In The Garden This Week

This week I am prepping for the fall garden by pulling plants, adding compost and sowing seeds. The way I decide what plants to “pull” is based on a few key factors. (By pulling plants I mean cutting them at the soil level and leaving the roots to decompose feeding the soil from below.) I…

GROW. COOK. NOURISH. Summer Squash

Summer squash includes a variety of different squash like yellow squash, pattypan squash and probably the most well known and popular zucchini. Unlike winter squash that can be stored for longer periods of time and used throughout the colder months of winter, summer squash does not store well and needs to be ate or processed…