08/02/2017 TimberGardener

The first year of the Timber Garden, my parents asked me how many peas I had planted.  ‘Oh, almost a full bed,’ I said.  They laughed.  A month later I was furiously picking peas every day. Peas are prolific, but any pea grower experiences a sense of loss looking at…

03/12/2017 TimberGardener

In 2017, The Timber Garden Blog will be linked to the new West Central Mountains Food Coalition website.  We will be featuring contributions from Melissa Hamilton, our Valley County Extension Educator, as well as several Valley County Master Gardeners.  I’m incredibly excited to expand the blog to cover more local food promotion….

02/19/2017 TimberGardener

I grew up in southern Idaho, where asparagus is so abundant it is called ditch weed.  Nearly every roadside and canal bank down in the desert seems to grow asparagus.  My sister still picks grocery bags of it each spring.  My jealousy level is high. When we first moved in…

01/21/2017 TimberGardener

Rows of mustard, radishes, orach, and sunchokes in the back for shade. Whenever I read about an invasive garden plant in a seed catalogue, I order one.  ‘Invasive’ in Zone 6 means ‘usually produces a crop and/or does not die’ in Zone 3.  I went so…

01/21/2017 TimberGardener

If I had to pick ONE thing to grow it would be garlic.  This is from the lady who buys fruit trees like they are shoes.  But the benefits of garlic are many.  Their spicy flavor complements many dishes, they store well, and they are easy to grow. That’s right!…

06/04/2016 TimberGardener

The straw bales and raised beds, spring 2015. The first year we had our garden was 2015, and we soon ran out of dirt to beg, borrow, buy, or steal (okay, we’ve never stolen dirt…only sand). Instead of a fourth raised bed we tried straw bale…

03/13/2016 TimberGardener

Last summer Toby’s brother in Ohio grew a bumper crop of butternut squash. We are talking hundreds of awesome squashes, piled in the basement to cure. When his Dad drove out to visit in January he delivered a giant sack of them, like he was the Santa Claus of squash….

02/20/2016 TimberGardener

Long before I knew anything about square foot gardening or permaculture, I heard about the Native American gardeners and their historic companion planting – corn, beans, and squash. They called it the three sisters. Planted in the same mound, each one compliments the others and provides a better growing environment…

02/20/2016 TimberGardener

Hoarding food is a fun new activity we’ve gotten into. It started last summer when we took turns obsessively canning, freezing, or drying everything we harvested from the garden. I am embarrassed to say I had never canned anything before the summer of 2015! I had helped family in the…

02/19/2016 TimberGardener

Welcome to the Timber Garden! Toby and I purchased our first home on 3 acres outside of McCall, ID in October of 2014. We couldn’t wait to put in a permanent garden and fruit trees! We had both grown up gardening with our families and tried to grow something wherever…