Yard Yakking

Overseeding Your Lawn

by Ivory Soap Free Plans & Printables

A lush green lawn is the perfect welcome mat for your home. But despite your best efforts, it’s not always easy to keep it in top shape. Bare spots, or weak, thinning or patchy grass can appear seemingly overnight due to compacted soil, poor drainage, weed infestations, or just plain weather. To bring your lawn […]

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Persimmons!

by Daisy Permaculture

Quite by accident I discovered a persimmon tree Tuesday afternoon. I was in a hurry and could only pick up a handful of the soft, ripe “sugar plums” to take home. It’s been years since I tasted a persimmon, and when I did I was transported back to my youth–my childhood yard was filled with […]

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Foraging

by Daisy Garden

I don’t usually assemble it on a plate like this, but I did it today to be able to see it all at once. Typically, this sort of forage food is eaten while walking around the yard, a fig here, a leaf of mizuna there. This “meal” is never the same; it changes with the […]

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Labyrinth

by Daisy Garden

A friend’s furchild was going through cancer treatment and it wasn’t looking hopeful. She wanted to walk a labyrinth. I’d heard of one so we agreed that I would meet her at her house and we would go together and find it. When I walked in the door I could see in her face, in […]

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What are these plants?

by Ivory Soap Yard Yakking

Curly Dock? I have tried several avenues on this one.  All dead ends! This next one is huge!  There are two pictures. Lastly, this oneThoughts?  

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More Weeds? Yes, ma’am!

by Ivory Soap Yard Yakking

Black-Eyed Susan.  It seems that it has multiple medicinal uses.   I think this one was in the mix of wildflowers we tried to sow.  This and the Blanket Flower below were the only takers. Burnweed, erechtites hieraciifolia.  Possibly edible, possibly permanent liver damage. Must be in large quantities.  Seems to have medicinal uses galore. […]

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Ain’t No Party Like a (Lawn) Weed Party

by Ivory Soap Garden

Cause apparently, it does not stop.  I had such a good time on this website, I went in search of the rest of the species around the neighborhood.  Above, we have violets and yellow sorrel (the heart-looking clover.) Violets are generally considered non-toxic, but the roots will make you sick.  Since most violet species are […]

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(Lawn) Weed Party

by Ivory Soap Garden

It’s a jungle out there. When I was in high school. I wanted to be a field biologist.  But I had a SERIOUS phobia of dead things.  One dead frog and I was hyperventilating.  Especially if it “snuck up” on me.  Dead things can’t sneak, but I mean that it was “unexpected.”  If our high […]

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Weed Flower ID: The Results Show

by Ivory Soap Garden

Round One:  White clover, FALSE DANDELION (thank you, commenters), purple clover, fleabane, narrow leaf plantain. I found this great site about plant uses called Eat the Weeds.  Here are the files on each of these guys. White Clover, not poisonous in general.  Also, not good.  Apparently, you should never ferment it.  Fresh or dried only.  […]

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Weed Flower ID, Please?

by Ivory Soap Garden

As I said before, our goats passed and we have been avoiding our yard. We don’t want to mow. And, if you’ve been on this site for a few years, you know that we LOVE plant and bug identification. I couldn’t catch the cool zebra-looking dragonfly with my camera, but I did grab a bunch […]

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Last Hurrah

by Daisy Garden

It snowed yesterday, temperatures wavering just below freezing. The snow fell on a thin crust of frozen ground, below which oozed a molten muck of the kind only a week of thawing sleet and ice can create; the kind of mud ordinary shoes are hopeless against, the kind of mud you take one sliding step […]

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The Drips and Dabs Problem

by Daisy Garden

There they sat, six or eight of them in a small bowl, wrinkled, bruised and sad. Unusable. “Chickens?” my husband asked, pointing at them. A cloud of fruit flies arose at the disturbance. I sighed heavily, a sense of failure coming over me. “Yes,” I said. “Go ahead. Give ’em to the chickens.” They were […]

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The Gourd By The Door

by Daisy Garden

By the time I noticed there was a birdhouse gourd growing in the foundation shrubs by our kitchen door it was already too big to move. I decided to let it grow and see what happened. What happened was, it grew gourds. There are three of them that I can see. I have a sneaking […]

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Lazy Recycling

by Daisy Garden

I noticed the other day after breakfast this was all the waste left over after the meal: Except for the fruit sticker, it all goes to the chickens where it will be recycled as eggs and fertilizer. It’s not always like this; believe me, sometimes our trash can gets a workout, but whenever we can […]

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Easy Fruiting Ivy Substitute

by Ivory Soap Garden

I planted these muscadines a few years ago for the photo shoot for our book, Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard farming and home skills for self-sufficient living.  I haven’t touched them since.  I mean, I haven’t pruned, watered, weeded, nothing…ever.  They’re one of the few plants from that photo shoot that survived.  The goats […]

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Asparagus Murder

by Ivory Soap Garden

My landscape guy cleaned out my asparagus beds.   Considering the below picture more closely resembles my bed last year…. It’s a bit of a travesty.  See below. I think two out of six mature plants survived.  They used to run in a hedge the length of my fence.  I’ve had them longer than two […]

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Spring Bloom Timeline 2014

by Ivory Soap Garden

This spring, for our “nature walks” (read: nature drives, preggers…wait, read: pointing out nature periodically when we’re driving somewhere else), we are tracking the blooms of the season.  Here is the order of appearance. Week One 1.  Daffodils (pictured above) 2. Japanese Quince.  My MIL calls them her “sticks”.  This is the one time of year […]

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And It Isn’t Even Winter Yet

by Daisy Garden

As the weather cools, my world closes in. I begin the hibernation process as soon as the first frost wipes out the tender perennials. By the time the hard freezes have arrived I am a virtual stranger to my garden, only venturing out on the sunniest of days when the air is still. Only gourds […]

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How Much Is Enough?

by Daisy Garden

One of the main issues about gardening/sustainability in the suburbs is space.  Particularly a lack of “farmable” space. It matters most in terms of how far you want to go with sustainability.  Are you content just sticking your toe into the water, growing a salsa garden, maybe a couple of blueberry bushes?  Or do you […]

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When a Baby Bird Falls Out of the Nest

by Ivory Soap Yard Yakking

  We had a little robin fall out of his next two days ago.  Actually it fell out of my neighbor’s tree onto my driveway.  Luckily, it was unhurt.  But, then the whole neighborhood of kids was all over it!  I had them set it in the flower bed while I rushed to the interwebs […]

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