Posts written by Alan

We Have an Animal and Fowl Clean-up Crew. Should You?

On a small place many clean-up tasks can be accomplished by birds and animals. These workers often accomplish tasks for free, or maybe even at a profit for you. Here’s what I mean. All kinds of creatures are glad to … Continue reading

Blackberries I Have Known

My Grandmother Bullington constructed fabulous blackberry cobblers. I’m not at all sure what made them what they were.  My brother agrees with my opinion of them being something special, so I’m sure they weren’t just special in my imagination!

Best Hoes for Heavy Soils

Hoes are used for several different tasks in gardens and fields. I’m sure some hoes that look useless to me have applications in light, airy soils. In the heavy soils, often mostly clay, I’ve been associated with, it takes a … Continue reading

An Easier Way to Strawberries

There’s nothing quite like snipping off a bright red strawberry that’s bursting with flavor and popping it in your mouth, right in your own strawberry patch- it’s a wonderful experience! It’s pretty easy to deal with everything about strawberries. Eating … Continue reading

Growing Better Pastures

We have these fields across the road from us and they are a real object lesson in growing grass. The land is in some sort of government wealth-transfer program. For years it’s just been mowed in sections and not all … Continue reading

A Tiny House From A Rustic Portable Building

In a world of slim finances and scarce resources, a tiny house makes a lot of sense. Much of the time big living spaces mostly just attract clutter anway. Many folks, us included, have about had it with clutter. What … Continue reading

How To Tell When Sweet Corn Is Ripe

Don’t you just love good fresh sweet corn? Many of the new sweet corn varieties are great, even if they aren’t quite ripe yet. They are even good when quite a bit past their peak. Especially if eaten raw right … Continue reading

Some Open Pollinated Sweet Corn Thoughts

Contrast conventional hybrids with older non-hybrids. Why not just use non-hybrids or, as they are called, open-pollinated sweet corn seed? The truth is open-pollinated sweet corn generally isn’t very sweet. As the seed catalogs point out, some people like the … Continue reading

Okra Is For Us

Cotton grows well where we live. Okra in the garden thrives in the same kind of conditions as cotton. I know okra is grown successfully in many parts of the world, but here in the hot, steamy upper South we … Continue reading

Garden Tiller Advantages – 7 Ideas

I’ve gone on record as less than a fan of garden tillers. For several reasons, I think many gardens would be better off without a tiller. Over and over I see tiller-made-gardens flounder and turn prematurely to weeds and grass. … Continue reading