Experimenting with a Cover Crop in a No-Dig Garden

In a garden building healthy soil is vital. It's recommended that cover crops be dug into the soil but I'm experimenting with using them in a no-dig garden.

Why I Haven’t Used Cover Crops in the Past

One of the most important things to me as an organic gardener is to build healthy soil, so that I can have healthy, nutrient-dense produce. I’ve found that a great way to do that is by building no-dig, lasagna style garden beds.

Cover crops have interested me because of their ability to revitalize soil, but I’ve never actually planted a cover crop because of the recommendation to till them under in the spring. I’m pretty adamant about not wanting to till my garden – here’s why.Continue Reading

Cobwebs in My Head

A nature walk is a balm to my spirit and a great way to clear the cobwebs out of my head. What ways have you found to deal with depression?

But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you;  or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.  Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?  In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. Job 12: 7 – 10

Sometimes I Just Need Out

The older I get, the more of a hermit I’m becoming.  My life lately has been pretty confined to my garden and my kitchen. Harvesting, cooking, preserving. Repeat.Continue Reading

Homemade Soaked Granola

Homemade Soaked Granola

Why Soak Granola

I love granola. I’ve been known to eat it for dinner.

I used to make the stuff by the gallon. But that love affair ended a while back because, after reading the book Nourishing Traditions I knew I didn’t want to eat grains that weren’t properly prepared. And the oats in granola were definitely not soaked or fermented. Which is why granola can be so hard to digest.Continue Reading

Make Your Own Herb Pillow to Help You Sleep

Make Your Own Herb Pillow to Help You Sleep @learningandyearning.com

Does sleep always come easily for you? Both Mike and I go through periods of insomnia for one reason or another. Mike almost always falls asleep quickly, but he’ll wake in the middle of the night and stay awake for an hour or two. For me, it sometimes takes hours to fall asleep. Other times, I wake up several hours before I need to rise and can’t get back to sleep.Continue Reading