Make yourself comfortable under the Tulip Tree.

My name is Victoria and I am gradually creating a suburban homestead in Central Illinois.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

strawberries ripening

gratutious flower picture of chives First line of defense from birds stealing our ripening berries - aluminum pie pans suspended over the bed.

What we've been waiting for all along: ripe strawberries, homegrown, organic!

We've been busy planting the containers for the front of the house. The intent is two-fold: 1) make a living space of the front deck; 2) beautify the curb appeal of the house.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

potatoes planted perfectly

Yes! Healthy starch (in moderation!)

From greenhouse where the seed potatoes were rooted and leafed: To the pots lined up for planting....

We had great root growth as well as leaf:

These were planted into the old pyramid composter repurposed as a potato container:

The container is lasgana method with manure, compost, peat, straw and dirt. As the plants grow, we'll be adding more peat/straw/dirt as we go.

There are organic red poatoes and gold yukons.

I think I underestimated the amount we are going to harvest. The good news is we can always take young potatoes to snack on once the plants flower.

Friday, May 13, 2011


Alexa called for me to go out and take a look at the garden...what did she find? RADISHES!


first salad of the year

red leaf lettuce, green bib lettuce, broccoli leaf, cabbage leaf, bok choi leaf, radish greens, radish, spinach, swiss chard, peppermint, basil, oregano, chives tossed with a peach baslamic vingar.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

strawberry update

Strawberry update. They are bigger than last week - May 10th.

first harvest !

Radishes are ready!!!

After watering the garden boxes last night , Alexa demanded that I come outside even though I was in my pajamas. So I put on my recently located flipflops and went outside to find.....radishes!!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

strawberries are fruiting

The strawberry plants are lush with fruit!

These are 2-3 year old plants.

This is one of the new lasagna boxes with compost, peat and dirt. I gave the plants a big helping of coffee grounds last week as well.

The bottles are used for continuous watering and water conservation. They also helped keep the plants warm along with straw during the frosts.