Category: Garden

All Things Garden

The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land. — Abraham Lincoln

All things garden, gardening, landscaping, plants, culinary and medicinal herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. I might not always have a green thumb, but I’m having a lot of fun homesteading and experimenting. 99% organic. My husband even set up an indoor greenhouse area for me to play with! There’s just something about getting my hands in the earth that find irresistible. And NOTHING tastes better than food you grow on your own, you can quote me on that one.

Granny’s Boot Antiques

Grandma Buttter & Auntie Herb World Tour 2017: Granny’s Boot Antiques Just a small town girl…growing herbs for a butter making world tour. — with Jolene Jackson Hawkins and Deb Wilson at Granny’s Boot Antiques home of Grevpode Gallery.   Save Save

Harvesting Greens

Harvesting the Greens

Harvesting the Greens Today’s harvest from the garden. Chamomile, Baby Kale, Chives, Garlic Scapes, Swiss Chard, Spinach and Romaine Lettuce, Snap Peas and Basil. Mmmm. My first picking of basil…and I can’t get enough of that aroma!

Garden 2017

Here’s the Working List in Progress… Front Yard Garden (Left) Russet Potatoes Kennebec Potatoes Rainbow Beets Nantes Carrots Red Pontiac Potatoes Sweet Potatoes Fort Portal Jade Bean Hidasa Red Indian Bean Black Valentine Bean Petite Caire de Caen Bean Front Yard Garden (Right) Yellow Beans Green…

So Much Cilantro!

The weekend harvest from Weber Wonderland. Strawberries, Green Onions, Chives, Catnip, Rainbow Chard, Dill and SO MUCH CILANTRO . So. Much. Cilantro. Our whole house smells like fresh herbs. Mmmmn.



Happiness. I’m pretty sure I ate a quart straight from the patch yesterday…HWMMS just brought these in tonight. FINALLY getting a decent crop. Goal is to have lots to preserve and store…and share. Maybe in a few years. We currently have about 100 plants producing. And…

Climbing Red Roses

Climbing Red Roses

Our first climbing red roses at Weber Wonderland! Currently have six bushes that made it through the winter…goal is to plant a dozen more to line the front porch so they can grow big & beautiful and drape over the railings. Ah, patience…

Garden Update

About 65% complete transplanting perennial medicinal herbs (echinacea, lovage, milk thistle, marshmallow, wormwood, hyssop, yarrow, horehound, valerian, borage & chamomile) and adding new seeds to the Creekside garden. SO MUCH weeding, tilling, planting. HWMMS even cut down a few tiny annoying trees, not that anyone but…



In a quest to use more of nature’s free gifts at Weber Wonderland I decided this would be the year I would weed, I mean forage for Dandelions. We have dandelions everywhere. As it should be, right? I never understood why people are so anti-dandelion in…

Sunburn Sunday!

Because Saturday sucked, or didn’t go quite as I hoped. I had an early bedtime and woke up at a normal hour this morning. Baby was it cool outside! We had the windows open all night and HWMMS was ready to shut them and turn on…


When you have as many cats as we do at Weber Wonderland, you grow your own catnip. In my perfect world, I have a HUGE patch of catnip. The patch I currently have growing is doing quite nicely, but it isn’t spreading as much as I…


Asparagus Time!

Squee! Looky here! Mama’s first homegrown asparagus spears! And yes exclamation points abound! Because I’m excited and love asparagus! This is one of those vegetables I didn’t grow up with in the garden, I did however have it for my birthday meal every year. For some…

Grandma Butter & Auntie Herb

Grandma Butter & Auntie Herb: 2017 World Tour

Our first appearance on the Grandma Butter & Auntie Herb: 2017 World Tour takes place next weekend, Saturday, May 6th at 2pm at the West Sparta United Methodist Church, 4287 Redmond Rd., Dansville, New York 14437. My dearest Jolene, aka Grandma Butter roped me in again.…

Citronella Plant

Citronella Plant

I bought this citronella plant last Spring as a wee three inch plant. It is the only one of four that made it through the season so inside it came for Winter near the grow lights. Holy Cow. This baby got huge! For scale…since you can’t…

Millions of Daffodils!

Daffodils are my favorite of all the flowers. Yellow daffodils. If I had a million dollars, I would plant a million yellow daffodils all over Weber Wonderland. Long term goal—-maybe not a million, but for certain I would like thousands of them scattered about. If I…


Light. My friend Jenn posted this photo on my Facebook page today. It made me smile. It also made me realize how VERY FAR BEHIND I am on getting seeds started for the garden this year. We have invested hundreds, um, yeah just hundreds of dollars…

Strange Compost Plants

Strange Compost Plants

Strange Compost Plants: Squa-kin-ord? What on earth are these? They came from a mutantly large growing vine in our compost pile that we thought was a pumpkin at first. We never grew such a thing so I don’t know where the seeds even came from? Oversized…

Front Yard Gardens

Front Yard Gardens Why not? The sun seems to LOVE the front of our house, so we took advantage and started front yard gardens. I was not so excited about this idea last year when HWMMS tore up the entire front yard with the tractor, but…

sugar beet

Sugar Beet?

It’s a… We’ve birthed a happy, healthy giant baby…sugar beet. Welcome the family big guy, you soon will be hanging out with your friends getting boiled down and mashed into a delicious sweet sugary syrup. Save Save

Holy Basil

Holy, Holy Basil!

I started growing Holy Basil Tulsi last year and it flourished. This year, it came back threefold. I now took a bunch of the seeds and started a wild patch in the backyard because it was so prolific. IT SMELLS AMAZING. The bees love it. Read…

How Does My Medicinal Herb Garden Grow?

June! Time to check in with the medicinal herb garden. Valerian. I started this from seed. It’s third year of growth so I’m gonna attempt to dig out some root this year (which is where the most of the medicinal properties are…zzzzzzz.) I have more seed…


So Much Lovage!

That is about half the crop that came up already from last year…from seed. Insane! It is a strong celery flavour. .I’m chopping and freezing to use for stock.   Save

Seed Shopping

Seed Shopping “Disturb a piece of earth and throw some seeds on it…you’ll get food.” Oh so many seeds, so many seed catalogs. I get the gardening bug the same time every year, right around when SPRING arrives and the first few sunny days of March…


What a Difference a Year Makes! As everyone and their mother is reporting, tonight is the one-year anniversary date of SNOWMAGEDON in WNY. Winter Storm Knife. Whatever it was called that didn’t hit Springville. THIS YEAR instead of playing in the pretty snow…HWMMS and I made…