In Part I of a two-part series, I am taking a look at the controversy around what to feed backyard chickens and providing some advice on how to evaluate the conflicting information you may find out there.
What to Feed Chickens: The Controversy
In these times of #BlackLivesMatter vs. #AllLivesMatter, Hillary… Continue reading
Kale: From the Kitchen Garden to the Plate
I’ve always thought that a few kale plants in every backyard would go a long way toward solving world hunger. Kale is one of the easiest Brassicas to grow, and it grows prolifically. You can plant kale in the spring and, if you keep picking off leaves as they grow, the… Continue reading
The June Garden
In my May garden update, I shared the (rather long) list of all the things I have growing in my kitchen garden this season. Here’s an update on how things are progressing and a look at my garden in June.
If I had… Continue reading
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The heat is on.
Hot, sunny summer days can take a toll on the kitchen garden. Vegetable plants need water to beat the summer… Continue reading
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When I was offered a copy of The Farmers Market Cookbook by Julia Shanks and Brett Grohsgal in exchange for… Continue reading
Discover the Forest
The ninth annual National Get Outdoors Day is Saturday, June 11. While those of you who garden – like me – likely spend a lot of time outdoors already, National Get Outdoors Day is a great excuse to get out of the garden and go explore the world –… Continue reading
Getting your first backyard chickens is to embark on a fun new adventure. You will learn a lot along the way. And you will encounter some surprises.
I get a lot of questions from new chicken keepers about things they didn’t know or… Continue reading
I’m working through my kitchen garden from A to Z. Here’s my guide to growing, harvesting, cooking, and preserving cabbage.
When it comes to cruciferous vegetables, cabbage is king. Cabbage plants produce huge, showy heads that hold their own amongst ornamentals. Cousin to kale, broccoli, cauliflower, the cabbage has… Continue reading
“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.”
The quote above from American naturalist and writer Edwin Way Teale pretty much sums up my thoughts about the garden in May. In the May garden, anything seems possible.
The May garden is pure enjoyment. The hard work of prepping the soil and planting the… Continue reading
You can call me Deborah Neyens, CCK.
Or maybe Deborah Neyens, CCCL.
Whether you regard me as a crazy chicken lady (CCL) or merely a chicken keeper (CK), I am now certified by the City of Cedar Rapids to do what I’m doing. I’ve completed a city-approved training course… Continue reading