Category: GARDENING

Gardening projects by Belle of Dirt and book information. Latest products available from the garden- salves, tinctures, dried herbs and seeds.

Garden Progress Year 4

Whew! Ok, so finally caught up to the present. Jim brought me several massive tractor loads of manure this year. Have I told you yet how freaking amazing our neighbors are? They invite us to stuff, they always seem happy to see us, they… Continue Reading “Garden Progress Year 4”

Garden Progress Year 3

The third year I didn’t make many structural changes to the garden, though I did learn a bit from my plants that they desperately needed some form of compost. The strawberries I’d planted in hugelkultur mounds were so thick with plants, I barely had… Continue Reading “Garden Progress Year 3”

Garden Progress Year 2

Early spring the next year I started digging out the the big tractor tires. I emptied all the dirt out, added rotten logs, twigs,  straw underneath, then replaced the dirt. I planted one entire tractor tire full of strawberry plants, to replace the ones… Continue Reading “Garden Progress Year 2”

Natural Insect Repellent

I can’t remember if I’ve ever actually posted this before I Dirt and I can’t find it anywhere, so I guess at the risk of being redundant, I’ll post it again. I’m not a fan of using OFF! insect repellents. First of all, I… Continue Reading “Natural Insect Repellent”

Cracked up tomatoes

Since we’ve have a week of cooler than normal late July/early August temps here in Missouri, accompanied by almost daily rain AND I just got back from picking tomatoes in the garden, I thought it might be a good time to talk about one… Continue Reading “Cracked up tomatoes”

Garden Progress Year 1

I wish I had taken more photos of the garden as I worked on it in the years we’ve been here. It’s only been 3 years, but I found some snaps I’d taken when the house was still under contract negotiations and we were… Continue Reading “Garden Progress Year 1”

Plantain Cucumber Salve

For the past several years, I’ve been sharing a recipe with friends to keep bugs off naturally. I was inspired by my hatred of OFF! and Avon insect repellent products, I just couldn’t stand the smell, plus I didn’t love smearing chemicals all over… Continue Reading “Plantain Cucumber Salve”

Dead Nettle Salve

Shameless product plug coming in 3, 2, 1… I decided with all this garden that I have here at the farm that I might as well do as much with it as possible. I can only grow so much vegetable matter before things start… Continue Reading “Dead Nettle Salve”

Tree Wells In Clay Soil

We’re now into that part of summer in Missouri where just stepping out of the air conditioning onto the front porch is like walking past the mouth of Hell. Ok, I may exaggerate a bit, but July and August here can be insanely HOT.… Continue Reading “Tree Wells In Clay Soil”

O-Positive tastes great!

It’s that time of year folks, when every flying, creeping, crawling thing seems like it wants to dine on our blood. If you’re a lucky O-Positive blood type like myself, those mosquitoes find you extra tasty- it’s like they’re upgrading from Steak & Shake… Continue Reading “O-Positive tastes great!”

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