Update on Our Backyard Chickens… Wings Clipped, Named, and Tagged.

This past weekend I enlisted the help of a few relatives to assist in catching, holding, and tagging our backyard birds while Donna and I clipped their wings. This poultry rodeo was quite comical but we managed to get the job done a lot faster than I thought we would. We came up w/ some really good names for the birds too, thought we'd share our … [Read more...]

Pruning Tomato Plants for Maximum Yield and Extended Growing Season in My Raised Bed Gardens

Late last season when my tomato plants had almost played out for the season due to some fungus issues that I wasn't able to control, someone told me about aggressively pruning tomato plants (indeterminate varieties) to maximize yields and extend the growing season by keeping plants healthy and productive. This was something new to me, and since the … [Read more...]

Why I Grow Indeterminate Tomato Varieties in my Raised Beds…

I like to plant indeterminate tomato varieties because they start growing the minute I transport them outside and do not stop until we have our first frost. Some varieties can grow to become 6' to 20' feet tall and will continue to produce fruit the entire growing season. In central Arkansas I've had really good luck w/ the "better boy" and "bigger … [Read more...]

My Second Attempt at Growing Sugar Kiss and Honey Kiss Melons

A couple of years ago my mom turned me onto the "sugar kiss" and "honey kiss" melons that would occasionally show up in our local wal-mart and sams club produce sections. These melons strongly resemble a canteloupe --however, they are 10x sweeter than you can imagine and their texture is completely different. I sat down last season and dried … [Read more...]

Our 2020 Raised Bed Garden

This was our second year to plant a raised bed garden at our place in Conway. What I lacked last season in production was balanced out with a tremendous amount of education when it comes to "square foot gardening." Last season I ran into some issues w/ my tomatoes, cucumbers, and melons because of disease. This season I did a lot more … [Read more...]

Our Urban Farming Experiment Continues to Take on Wings, Literally… Our Flock of Backyard Chickens!

I guess if you have to pick one positive thing about the whole COVID-19 thing and the subsequent "shelter in place thing", for me it would have to be the ability to get caught up on thousands of household projects that I had been putting off or thinking about that were still unchecked on my working list of things to do... well, one of those … [Read more...]

2019 Season Recap: Planting Kodiak Mustard in our Central Arkansas Raised Beds as a Cover Crop

Once my 2019 raised bed garden was pretty well finished I cleaned and tilled my beds and placed all of the remaining materials into compost and began researching cover crops. I have had the privilege of working w/ multiple commercial growers the past few years that utilize cover crops on their large scale farming operations and the science (as well … [Read more...]

2019 Season Recap: Raised Bed Garden in Conway, Arkansas

I wanted to throw a quick post up to show the progress of our first raised bed garden at our home in Central Arkansas. The photos below show the progression from started seeds to transplanted into the raised beds. It's important to keep in mind that we learned more in our first year than we yielded, and had a blast doing it. If you have any … [Read more...]

Our 2019 Urban Garden

Early this year when I was recovering from back to back heart procedures to address some major blockages that had snuck up on me over the past few years I made up my mind that I was going to plan and execute on a garden this spring / summer. Honestly, it's something I've always enjoyed but just haven't had the energy the past few years to even … [Read more...]

Once Bitten, Twice Shy

As I'm sure most of you that follow me on instagram, twitter, or facebook are already aware. This past weeked I got bit by a snake. If you ask my son, he's quick to tell you that it was a "dangerous brown cobra" and that he's planning on dealing w/ him later (true story, out of the blue he said that). As far as snakes go, I was pretty lucky … [Read more...]