As you may already know, I have always made a place in my schedule for exercise. Exercise releases "happy hormones", or endorphins, which give an overall sense of well-being - who doesn't want that! This year more than ever, my exercise has been in the form of walking and working in the vineyard. But, after being off my feet because of broken toes, my exercise is hoeing. Hoeing the garden that … [Read more...] about Hoeing = Exercise & Vitamin D!
Is your garden providing you with more squash than you know what to do with? Do you have access to fresh squash at a local farmer's market? Whether it is zucchini or yellow summer squash, have I got the answer for you - Freeze it! Freezing squash could not be easier, especially if you have a food processor to shred it. If not, a hand grater also works, but just takes longer :) … [Read more...] about Squash, Freezing
I don't know about you, but our garden is producing a lot of zucchini and yellow squash and,we sure are enjoying it! In an effort to keep the kitchen cool, this year I tried something new - grilling! Grilled squash has quickly become our favorite way to eat it. Besides tasting good, it is so easy. … [Read more...] about Squash, Grilled
For a chronological listing of our ICF building see ICF Building Index. Since the vineyard work has slowed and we are not so pushed for time, we have started building a greenhouse and a new filter house. John's brother Joe was a great help in getting both projects started. Both will be utilizing Rewards ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms). We have been so pleased with the first phase of our ICF … [Read more...] about ICF Greenhouse
Have you ever seen the damage a herd of rogue cows can do to a vineyard and a garden? We were spared disaster when a neighbor's herd of Black Angus cows got out and went roaming - through our vineyard and garden. If you have been reading Dimes2Vines for awhile, you know that our milk cows, Buttercup and Emme love grapevines and grapes. Apparently, the Black Angus that investigated our vineyard … [Read more...] about Rogue Cows!
I posted quite a while ago about building our own hoop house. It has worked wonderfully - except for the high winds whipping the plastic around. We finally took the plastic off and left the small plants protected by buckets. The buckets provided shade, as well as, wind protection. Now, however, it is time to transplant to the garden. … [Read more...] about Transplanting Hoop House Plants