What is Biofumigation and why might you use it?

When I interviewed for my position at Countryside, Tracy Emrick (now my boss) showed me one of the greenhouses at Old Trail Farm and told me that many of the plants grown in it last year had disease issues. Even though it would be another month before I was officially...

Healing Garden in the Works

Pictured is the current state of the healing garden at Old Trail Farm. If you are not familiar with our connection to Old Trail School, we are partnered with them to manage their farm and create a space for their students to learn where their food comes from and a...

I love nasturtiums so much!

I love nasturtiums so much! Fun to say, fun to eat, useful, and beautiful – what’s not to love?   Both the leaves and flowers of the nasturtium plant are edible and make a gorgeous addition to any salad. You might think the delicate leaves and showy...

Pruning: What am I doing?

You’ve probably heard about people “pruning” or “deadheading” their garden plants… but what does that even mean? What are they actually doing? Do you need to do these things, too? In both of these instances, you are cutting off part of the plant in order to direct its...

How Much Food Should You Grow for Your Household?

~This blog is brought to you by Grace Quarer at Park Seed~ Trying to figure out how much food to grow for your household is not as simple as it may seem. It really takes a few seasons to get it right and, then, there are still variables. The first decision you have to...

Strength in Diversity

One of nature’s great lessons is that there is strength in diversity, and your garden is a great place to see this in action. Gardening techniques like companion planting, interplanting, and guilds, all of which involve planting more than one type of plant in a given...