Rain? Snow? Easter!


Posted by Annie in gardening, Organic, Twain Harte News on April 9, 2015

I hope you had a wonderful Easter, filled with friends and family.  We had a wonderful day in Modesto with loved ones. We had another young lad born into the family April 2nd, the parents named him William.  Congratulations!

Mother’s Day Gift Set

All this talk about snow is just that, talk.  We’ve seen very little rain and even less snow.  Things are must worse than they are saying and they are still Fracking, Nestle is still filling bottles in spite of the drought and the Air Force continues spraying and no one notices.  It’s crazy.  Don’t drink the kool-aid.  🙂

I am the proud new owner of a pineapple plant.  Will it grow pineapples?  Only time will tell. I do not have a green thumb but I have the Internet and I have my essential oils, I think I’m ready.

I wasn’t going to grow a garden at all this year, what with the drought, it just didn’t seem worth it, but apparently that wasn’t the plan.  My husband helped me pick up 50 plants from some people that are moving, then his cousin gave me some and since I’ve been spraying my essential oils on my plants they are really taking off.  I might end up being a gardener after all.

Have you tried essential oils? They really are soothing.  I tried some Rosewood last night, I thought I was in heaven. But a little dap will do you, I put five drops in my oil diffuser and believe me, it was too many.  You have to be careful with oil.

Why not get your mom an essential oil kit for Mother’s Day?

Mothers Day Set (Organic) 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Kit

Ladybugs, Chickens and Aphids


Posted by Annie in gardening, Organic on June 17, 2014

Chickens nesting in treeMy house just gets crazier by the day.  About five days ago, I tried to move my chickens.  Well I moved them alright, but not the way I intended. After they went to bed, I just picked up the pen and moved it where I wanted it.  I figured that should be that and I was done.

However, the next night the birds acted like they didn’t know where to go.  So, after some deliberating I moved the little coop back where it was.  Only two of the birds returned, the other four went up a tree and have been there every night since.  It seems they like it so much, every night they climb higher and higher.

Birds in treeI hate to say this but I’m afraid they won’t come back until something gets one of them.  I just try to keep an eye out for them at night, I don’t know what else to do.

Today, I discovered that my Zucchini has aphids really bad.  So, we were off to buy some ladybugs.  Then of course the ladybugs need a house. I sure hope they do the trick.  I have to wait until tonight to put some of them out.  The instructions advise putting out a few at a time.

Tonight, I gave the birds dried meal worms.  They were happy. I had five of them in the pen, I thought I was home free, but then the one chick went up in the tree and the others followed.  Maybe I’ll get them back tomorrow?  I’ll keep you posted.

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Planting Season


Posted by Annie in gardening, Organic on May 10, 2014

It’s hard to believe the transformation, and harder still to realize it won’t last long.  What am I talking about?  Everything is alive right now.  The grass (or weeds) is growing, it’s actually green! While we certainly didn’t get a Winter, it’s certain we are in full blown Spring.

English: First blueberries of the season.


We’ve got song birds everywhere — more than I’ve ever noticed in the 10 years I’ve been here. When I go outside at 4:00 a.m. there are already birds singing, and we have lots of baby birds. I love sitting and listening to them. It’s just amazing. I think the difference is that about three months ago I started sprouting seeds for the chickens. They don’t eat all it and I’ve had all sorts of birds come to visit to pick up the slack.

Pollen season hasn’t started yet; at least not the green pollen that covers everything for a month. I noticed the pine trees have sprouted little tiny pine cones, so cute.

I still have far more deer and squirrels hanging around tham I’d like.  I chase them off but they come right back. They all want the chicken feed. Who can blame them?

If you didn’t make it to Mountain People Organics (lovingly called the Farmory) for the FoCuS Plant Starts Festival last Saturday, you really missed out.  I got a swell deal on strawberry plants, 12 plants for $10.  I felt like a thief when I left but oh, so grateful.  The plants are already sprouting several strawberries.  I also picked up a blueberry plant that was heavy with blueberries already. When watering it this morning I noticed blueberries had actually fallen off of it. I ate 2 and gave the bird some.  What a treat!

Be sure to get outside and enjoy the sunny weather before it gets too hot.  Now is a perfect time to visit if you like the outdoors.  🙂 If you stop up for a visit, be sure to dress for the random weather. It still gets chilly at night and we never know from day to day what we will get.  Be prepared.

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