DIY face moisturizer and exfoliant 

If you are looking for an inexpensive diy face product, chances are you already have one hiding in your kitchen…  That’s what I discovered while reading a book I found at my local library. There are only 3 ingredients in this wonderful, natural face product.  10 drops Essential oil(I used lemon) Baking soda Coconut oil…

It’s been a while…

It’s the start of a new school year and there are bulletin boards to be decorated, copies to be made and classroom communities to be built.  Needless to say, I’ve been very busy!  So naturally, I went out and got 14 more quail chicks… It’s been a whirlwind here. We went on vacation for 10…

Winter is coming…

It’s a balmy 97 degrees here in St.Louis this week and who the heck is thinking of winter?!  Maybe dreaming, longingly, for colder weather, but certainly not preparing yet… It’s WAY too early for that right?  Wrong.  As my fellow gardeners know, the time to preserve the harvest and prepare for winter is now. When…

Urban Garden Series: East Nashville Edible Garden

I recently had the opportunity to visit a fellow urban gardener’s home and share her experiences with growing her own food.  East Nashville Edible Garden First Impressions I met with Susan Enan, a Nashville singer/songwriter, who is successfully growing a variety of edible plants in her yard. Her home is nestled in East Nashville, right…

Top 10 Plants for Edible Landscaping

With many regulations in urban and suburban neighborhoods, self sufficiency can be difficult.  However, edible doesn’t have to mean ugly.  There are many plants that will add to the aesthetic of your home while also providing you with valuable, money saving food for years to come.  These are my top 10 plants for edible landscaping…

Quail Quarentine

What do you do when you come home to a coop full of blood?  Freak out.   And then.. check everyone to find the source of the blood.  Once you have located the suspect, you should separate that quail from the flock. Quail quarentine.  I have often had to quarentine my quail for various reasons, illness,…

15 Minute Cucumber Salad

Are you wondering what to do with all of those cucumbers in your garden?  Or what last minute dish to bring to a backyard party?  This is my favorite go to recipe for a fresh summer salad that is quick and easy! I make this at least once a week…  It’s that good.  It actually…

Quail Update: The Ballad of Crazy Quail

When our four new hens came to us they were in rough shape..  They were missing feathers on their heads and backs from being confined in such small quarters. They had never felt the soil underneath their feet or stretched their wings. All of that changed when they began their new life here with us….

Saturday’s are for Farmer’s Markets

Our journey to self sufficiency is slow and steady..  We just moved to our new home in March and have since added quail, cucumbers, herbs, zucchini, apple trees, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Hopefully in five years or so we will be rolling in the berries!  But for now we only produce enough fresh veggies to…

Book Review:Keeping Honeybees

  Backyard Farming: Keeping Honey Bees: From Hive Management to Honey Harvesting and More I am hoping to start raising bees next spring/summer.  In preparation, I have been looking for books to gather information.  I know keeping honeybees is not a task to be taken lightly.  As I once heard it described, they require less…

This Week in Photos

We have been getting a TON of rain here… My plants are loving it!  The growth I have seen in the past week is amazing. The quail however are not enjoying the wet weather…  When it rains their coop gets muddy and disgusting. A problem I hope to remedy by putting in a French drain…

Dehydrating Strawberries

Dehydrated strawberries are a wonderful summer treat!  They are also a great way to preserve any extra fruits you have from the garden. My strawberry harvest was pretty lackluster this year… I purchased these strawberries on sale for $1.29!  This was a great price so I bought 3 pints 2 for dehydrating and one to…