Avocado, Bannana, Blue Berries, Lime, Passion Fruit and Paw Paw,

So if I have an aspiration for 2017 it’s to plant Avocado, Bannana, Blue Berries, Lime, Passion Fruit and Paw Paw, at Havilah House. There is a particular variety of lime that Steve Childs told me about which I would like to get. As for the passionfruit I have started planting these in 2017, and have […]

Bread: Making our own products one at at time.

When I look at the ingredients list on a loaf of bread in my local superstore, I can’t believe that all of these ingredients listed on the label, are there just for my benefit. I think that most of this incomprehensible long list is there to ease the manufacturing process, or to prolong the shelf […]

Growing Power: Will Allen’s Urban Farm

We wanted to grow our own vegetables, but life in the US is very busy, nobody has much spare time, certainly not time enough to chat about their backyard operations or even if they have one ( very unlikely). My local library has tons of books about gardening and veggie growing but it is really […]

Can you really live off 1.5 acres?  The Market Gardner: Jean-Martin Fortier

We thought that this year we would make the effort and attend the Mother Earth News Fair of 2015, on the 8th & 9th of August in West Bend, Wisconsin.  (we currently subscribe to the magazine Mother Earth News http://www.motherearthnews.com) One of the people that I wanted to see was Jean-Martin Fortier. He is a chap […]

Strawberry Jam: Making our own “products” one at a time.

This jam contains only three ingredients: strawberries, cane sugar and lemon juice. Done. Safety Warning: Don’t let the mixture boil over ! It creates one hell of a mess, not to mention on an open gas flame it may catch fire … and sugar has an awful lot of energy in it. ( my Mom […]

Grow your own flowers from seed

Lots of flowers for just a few dollars. So we tell ourselves that growing flowers from seed must be awfully difficult, and only for serious gardeners with lots of practical experience, and definitely not grown by me. Well, no, actually, it’s the exact opposite!!!  It’s counter intuitive. If you know nothing about growing flowers, then […]