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2012 Newsletter Archive

 

Ellaberry Gardens' January 2012 Newsletter
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"Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart."~~~ Karel Capek, "The Gardener's Year"

Welcome to 2012!!! I have an excitement about this gardening year that is almost impossible to contain! I am utterly convinced that it has got to be better than last year. The weather may not be any kinder, but I am prepared with heavy mulch and shade cloth! My excitement is buoyed by the palpable excitement of all my gardening friends, students, and customers! There's something in the air, folks! Or the water. Or maybe in the compost pile. But no matter where it's coming from, growing food in our own backyards seems to have again become common enough that resources, information, seeds, and folks to talk to abound! Sharing this journey makes it so much sweeter.

Thoughts on Doing it All

"How do you do it all?!" This is a question that I get a lot. I have to admit that I don't really understand why people ask me that or how I'm supposed to answer it. How do you answer that question? There really isn't an easy way. But because I have gotten asked this so much lately, I thought maybe I'd try to finally answer it.

I really don't think I do anymore than any other person that lives a relatively normal, productive life. It's just that nearly everything that I do has a singular focus---being a homemaker. I love words and believe very much in their power. Think about that word for a minute. "Homemaker", one who makes a home. According to Merriam-Webster, a homemaker is "one who manages a home, especially as a wife or a mother." My hobbies, if you will, are all related to my home. My time is almost exclusively spent on cooking, cleaning, gardening and raising my kids. I do spend some time beading, crafting, sewing or reading (usually in a hot bath.) But even these "hobbies" usually end up benefitting my home. Other things I might spend time on, like Ellaberry, always takes a back seat to my role as a homemaker.

I've noticed that most of the folks who ask me this question are really busy outside their homes. They run errands all the time. They have hobbies that are unrelated to their homes. They have jobs ouside their homes. They're way more active in the community at large than I am. They're trying to fit gardening, cooking from scratch, urban homesteading, or home education into an already very full life. The difference I see is that these things are my entire life. It's what I do and who I am. (Big thanks to my favorite husband, Chris, who has helped make living this life possible! Thanks for the lifestyle, baby!)

I think it's just fine to have a paying job, spend your weekends on hobbies like golf, or spend your time at home not doing things to or for your home. The world needs us all. Different strokes and all. But that's not how I live. And maybe there's the answer. I don't do it all. Have no desire to. And it's a sweet life.

Recipe of the Month

I'm always looking for good ways to use up our fresh produce without processing it too much. And this is the time of year that I have an abundance of collards and kale and kohlrabi and broccoli leaves. I've also used a large head of broccoli, chopped very small, to make this. All of these brassica, or cole, crops make a great slaw. I know it's typically a summer dish but it really is good to have something crunchy and fresh with a slow-cooked roast or a roasted chicken. You can even add some sunflower seeds or almonds and make it a light winter lunch. I think it's really fun to make it from kale and call it "kale slaw" but I am sort of a big dork.

Fresh Garden Slaw

Large mixing bowl of washed leaves, torn very small or cut into ribbons (kale, collards, kohlrabi or broccoli)

1 small red onion, diced
1-2 carrots, diced or shredded (just for color so optional)
1/2 c. mayo
1/4 c. lemon juice
1/8c. sugar
1 tsp white pepper (you can use plain ole black pepper, if you must.)

Put veggies in large bowl. Mix all other ingredients in bowl. Dip a leaf in the sauce and taste. You may have to add more sugar or lemon juice or even white pepper. Adjust flavors and then pour over veggies. Toss well. Chow down. If you have time to let this sit in the fridge
for a while, the flavor just improves.

Ellaberry's Classes

We had our first winter class last night and it was so much fun! The remaining three for this season still have some room. I'd love to see you there!

January 19th, "How Eggsciting!"

February 2nd, "Cooking from Your Pantry"

February 16th, "Let's Get Growin'!"

Complete class descriptions and enrollment information are available here. I would like to strongly encourage you to RSVP. It really helps me out.

Some folks who can't or don't want to attend our classes have asked if I would make the class materials available to them. I'm all about making gardeners happy, so here you go!

During the holiday season, I was also approached about gift certificates. I hadn't set that up yet but I have now. If you'd like to buy a class or class materials or even a consultation as a gift for a friend or loved one, contact me at
ellaberrygardens@yahoo.com and I'll walk you through it!

2nd Annual Edible Garden Tour

It's time to start recruiting gardens/gardeners for our 2nd Annual Edible Garden Tour. If you have a garden or know of a garden that you think would be a good fit, please email me contact info!

We need vendors as well! If you have a product or service that is relevant to urban homesteading/gardening and would like to be a driveway vendor, please contact me!

We don't have a date selected yet but planning is in progress. Watch the site for updates!

Tulsa Urban Farming Families (TUFF)

Some of us are coming together to begin a group in Tulsa to discuss all things urban homesteading. TUFF is an organization dedicated to helping city gardeners who grow their own food. Monthly meetings provide instructional programs and tips to make edible gardening easier. And it'll provide us all a group of like-minded folks to share the experience with, to boot! (Thanks for that mission statement, Deb!) Join us!

2nd Tuesdays of every month at the Martin East Regional Library, 2601 S. Garnett, at 7pm.

The first meeting is next week, January 10th. Be thinking about what you'd like to see pertaining to structure, speakers, field trips, leadership organization, etc. in a group like this. We'll be discussing getting organized and getting an online presence (Facebook page? website? yahoo group?) established at the first meeting.

I mistakenly told folks the first meeting was January 3rd but it is, in reality, January 10th. So sorry. I went to the ilbrary and I think I caught everyone who showed up. But if I didn't, please let me know. I have something for you!

Happy growing!


Jenny

Ellaberry Gardens' February 2012 Newsletter
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"When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden."~~~ Minnie Aumonier

For many of us, times are tough right now. The economy, the politics of our nation, and the integrety of many of our institutions are in a state of complete chaos. We may have sick family members. We may be struggling with any number of personal issues. We might be broke. We might be jobless. The news is depressing. The weather isn't quite right. We don't know who we can depend on. How easy it would be to be lost in this quagmire if not for the garden.

Having a garden is a connection to something bigger than all the noise on the television, the computer or on those dadgum iPhones. Having a garden is having a reason to slow down, be still, and to expect good things. Unplug everything. Sit down with some seeds and some graph paper and start dreaming. See if you don't immediately feel like a teeny corner of the world makes sense to you again.

We give so much of our power away when we believe folks who want us to focus on how ugly everything is. And, sure, a lot of it out there is ugly. But we can create as much bounty and beauty as we can stand right in the middle of it. Fear will always be a liar. Hope will always guide you true. And there ain't nothing a gardener, with a little patch of soil and a little bit of hope, can't begin to soothe.

Thoughts on Soil (seriously)

"The soil is the gift of God to the living." ~~~ Thomas Jefferson, 1813

Because this is the time of year when many folks are getting their gardens prepped for the spring, I wanted to spend a bit of time talking about soil.

Soil is something that I think lots of folks take for granted. I even think some folks don't like it. It's dirty. It's yucky. It's gross. But, I gotta tell ya', I love soil. I wish more folks, even gardeners, understood it better. I am only at a novice level of really grasping how powerful it is. But I do know that our entire existence depends on it.

Here's how I care for my soil, which is getting better and better and more fertile each year. I never till. Ever. The closest thing I do to tilling is to occasionally turn a green manure crop in with my hands...only disturbing enough soil to barely cover the plant I'm turning in. I do my best to leave no soil naked. If I can't sow a cover crop of clover or buckwheat, I will cover it up with leaves or straw. I make as much compost as I possibly can. You should too. (I'm not all that big on tellin' folks what they should and shouldn't do, but you should compost!) I add the compost to my beds as I see fit. When I remove a spent crop, I add a 3" or so layer of compost to the area it was growing in. When I plant a new plant, I add a trowel of compost. I don't use any synthetic chemcials and try to use very small amounts of organic ones (these are still chemicals, folks!) If you must fertilize, use products that feed your soil and not your plants (blood meal, kelp meal, bone meal, fish emulsion, compost, chicken litter, manure, etc.) I let the "weeds" be in the areas of my yard that aren't for growing food. Diversity in the garden/yard is a blessed thing. If I need to fill a bed with soil and I don't have enough compost, I try to avoid bagged products and source it out locally. I almost always go to Tiner's Tractors at 7th & 193rd (his number is 918-266-7224.) Tell Jay that Jenny sent you. He's the sweetest man. There are other folks around but I don't know much about 'em. I feel in love with Jay and have been loyal to his products for years. I mulch everything I can with the fine mulch from Tulsa's Greenwaste Dump. It's free and it's lovely.

Respect your soil. Pay attention to it. Know that it is the source of all life. Without it, we are nothing. Literally.

Recipe of the Month

If you have herbs in your garden, surely you have rosemary. This is a wonderfully refreshing take on a springtime classic. Make up a pitcher to sip on while you're planning your spring gardens to get you in the mood!

Rosemary Lemonade

1 6" or so sprig rosemary
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Place in saucepan and bring to a boil. Let boil for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and let completely cool. Strain out rosemary. Pour liquid into pitcher and add 4 cups water and 1 cup lemon juice. Stir well. You can add another sprig of fresh rosemary to the pitcher just to pretty it up! Serve over crushed ice.

(You can also do this with lavender. It's so delicious. Substitute rosemary sprig for either a dozen dried lavender stems or 1/4 c. dried lavender flowers. Strain out. Add 2 tbls of dried lavender flowers to serve.)

Ellaberry's Classes

We've had 3 out of 4 of our winter classes already. Time's flyin'! We have one left and I'd love to see you there!

February 16th, 7pm, "Let's Get Growin'!": This is a great class to get you started on your spring gardenin'! Come join us for food, good information and fun!

Complete class descriptions and enrollment information are available here. I would like to strongly encourage you to RSVP. It really helps me out.

Some folks who can't or don't want to attend our classes have asked if I would make the class materials available to them. I'm all about making gardeners happy, so here you go!

During the holiday season, I was also approached about gift certificates. I hadn't set that up yet but I have now. If you'd like to buy a class or class materials or even a consultation as a gift for a friend or loved one, contact me at
jenny@ellaberrygardens.com and I'll walk you through it!

2nd Annual Edible Garden Tour

It's time to start recruiting gardens/gardeners for our 2nd Annual Edible Garden Tour. If you have a garden or know of a garden that you think would be a good fit, please email me contact info! Please, please, please do not think that your food garden(s) are too small or not good enough in any way. We want to showcase all degrees/types of food gardening in the city!

We need vendors as well! If you have a product or service that is relevant to urban homesteading/gardening and would like to be a driveway vendor, please contact me!

The date for the tour is June 9-10, 2012. Mark your calenders. We will be benefitting the Community Food Bank of Northeast Oklahoma this year! So excited to be working with/for them!

Tulsa Urban Farming Families (TUFF)

Some of us urban farmers came together to begin a group in Tulsa to discuss all things urban homesteading. TUFF is an organization dedicated to helping city gardeners who grow their own food. Monthly meetings provide instructional programs and tips to make edible gardening easier. And it'll provide us all a group of like-minded folks to share the experience with, to boot! Join us!

2nd Tuesdays of every month at the Martin East Regional Library, 2601 S. Garnett, at 7pm. Next meeting is February 14th. See ya' there!

Happy growing!

Jenny

Ellaberry Gardens' March 2012 Newsletter
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"Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect to have your prayers answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again."~~~Sarah Ban Breathnach

According to the calendar, spring has nearly arrived. According to my plants and the shorts I've been gardening in, it's been here for a couple of weeks. My daffodils have been bloomin' for days. My asparagus has started coming up. My fruit trees are blossoming like crazy. I've even seen more than one strawberry flower. People are concerned. And rightly so, I suppose. We get to where we depend on a certain order to things. You know, winter and then spring. But not so much this year. Folks keep asking me what it means for our gardens for 2012. And frankly, I don't really know.

But I do have this to offer; if winter does decide to show up in March, which it often does, we may end up having a fruit-free year in Northeast Oklahoma. As sad as it sounds, let's try to look at it like this. If our trees don't bear fruit this year, what a wonderful and welcome relief for them after last year's horrible heat and drought. We can keep them watered and fed and cared for and then, hopefully, next year, they'll give us more fruit than ever. That's all I know to do. Hang in there. Keep doing what you know how to do. Learn something new. Don't let the weather get you down (ok, I know...just try.) Hold onto your hope. Dance in the spring rains. We'll have some successes. We'll have some failures. We'll keep on keepin' on and it's all gonna be ok or, at the very least, ok enough. Love all you guys so very much. Hang in there with me.

Thoughts on Change

"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so has to have the life that is waiting for us."~~~Joseph Campbell

I've been thinking a lot lately about how the only thing that I really can depend on is change. I can be a pretty "type A" girl and sometimes I really think I can plan, schedule, chart and map nearly anything into existence (or submission!) But not much that I can think of that I love about life and about gardening is truly stagnant enough to be pinned down that way. I just might have a new idea, meet a new person, read a different book, see a video or a picture, hear a song, read an article, or have a dream (yes, I even dream about gardening) and, bam!, I want to make a change. Sometimes they're big, dramatic changes. Sometimes it's simply changing the tomato variety I've depended on for several years.

I'm not always blindsided by the desire to make a change. Sometimes it's a nice, slow burn; an underlying simmer of wanting to, almost needing to, try something new or push myself, and my garden, to places I might have been uncomfortable with just a season ago. I've always told my kids that even good change is uncomfortable. I'm surprised to find myself still uncomfortable with the inevitable changes gardening, and life in general, requires if you're growing and living good and hard.
I'm telling you guys all of this hoping that someone needed to hear that it's ok to scrap it all and begin again. It's ok to keep doing what you've been doing and see what happens this year. If your gardening practices don't change, rest assured that something will (the weather, the pest pressure, your yields.) There are hundreds, if not thousands, of paths to gardening success. I think it's important that we not get too sure that the one we're on is the only one worth traveling.

Recipe of the Month

You may or may not have kale in your gardens that overwintered. If it has frosted/frozen several times, it will be super sweet and tasty. I love, love, love kale. Hope you enjoy this hearty recipe to help you use it all up!

White Bean and Kale Soup

4 c. dry great northern beans
12 c. water
2 bay leaves

Rinse beans well and pick out any that are broken or icky. Put beans, water and bay leaves in large stock pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender (2-4 hours) adding water to keep beans just covered as needed. Remove bay leaves.

Stir in:

about 8 oz. kale, coarsely chopped
1 large onion, diced
1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Continue to cook soup until kale and onion are soft (maybe half an hour?) All done! Stir in chopped brats, diced ham or crumbled bacon in individual bowls for your meat eaters. Serve just as it is for your vegetarians. (We have both here so I'm constantly trying to find ways to make my recipes work for all of us.)

Ellaberry Gardens' Spring Classes

Our spring classes begin March 22nd this year! Classes are always on Thursday evenings at 7pm. Here's the spring line up!

March 22nd, "There's a 20lb.Pumpkin in That Seed!"
April 5th, "Ella, Ella, Ellaberry, Where Can My Garden Grow?"
April 19th, "You Can Eat That!?"
May 3rd, "The Pharmacy Out Back"

Complete class descriptions and enrollment information are available here and here. I would like to strongly encourage you to RSVP. It really helps me out.

2nd Annual Edible Garden Tour

I'm still recruiting gardens for our 2nd Annual Edible Garden Tour. If you have a garden or know of a garden that you think would be a good fit, please email me contact info! Please, please, please do not think that your food garden(s) are too small or not good enough in any way. We want to showcase all degrees/types of food gardening in the city!

We need vendors as well! If you have a product or service that is relevant to urban homesteading/gardening and would like to be a driveway vendor, please contact me!

The date for the tour is June 9-10, 2012. Mark your calenders. We will be benefitting the Community Food Bank of Northeast Oklahoma this year! So excited to be working with/for them!

Tulsa Urban Farming Families (TUFF)

Some of us urban farmers came together to begin a group in Tulsa to discuss all things urban homesteading. TUFF is an organization dedicated to helping city gardeners who grow their own food. Monthly meetings provide instructional programs and tips to make edible gardening easier. And it'll provide us all a group of like-minded folks to share the experience with, to boot! Join us!

2nd Tuesdays of every month at the Martin East Regional Library, 2601 S. Garnett, at 7pm. Next meeting is March 13th. Hope to see ya' there!

Happy growing!

Jenny

 Ellaberry Gardens' June 2012 Newsletter
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My sincerest apologies for missing the newsletter for the last couple of months. No excuses. Just missed 'em. But I'm here now and I've got so much to share with ya'll!

Tulsa's 2nd Annual Edible Garden Tour is just around the corner! June 9th and 10th, 2012! Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 12-5. We have awesome gardens for you to see--a rooftop container garden, two first year gardens so you can see how much YOU can do if you set your mind (and back!) to it, backyard chickens and bees, fruit trees, a professionally landscaped edible garden, some with interesting garden art, and so much more! If you have a yard, a balcony, an acre or simply a window box, you'll find an idea or two that will inspire you to grow something you can eat or to try something new if you're already a gardener or urban farmer.

Our vendors this year are fabulous. I'm so grateful for these folks who very often turn down other market opportunities to spend the weekend with us. We've got Chris Bargas peddling rain barrels to help conserve water and keep your plants and critters healthier, Holly Embry with Holly Rocks sharing her goodies to brighten up our gardens and our spirits, Rick Nation of Clear Creek Seeds featuring open-pollinated, non-GMO seeds for your gardens(Saturday only) and Green Country Permaculture offering compost teas, mushroom logs and telling us about the workshops they have coming up. We are also offering an Education Fair this year where you can learn about community gardening, what 306 Pheonix House has to offer, recycling from The M.E.T., how you can help out the food bank with the "Plant a Row for the Hungry" program, the Oklahoma Food Cooperative and more! The location of each vendor is listed under the garden addresses on the ticket.

Tickets are for sale up until the day of the tour at Urban Garden at 3141 E. 15th St, Made: The Indie Emporium shop downtown at 5th & Boston and at Grogg's Green Barn at 10105 E 61st St or from me! Tickets are $7, or $5 with a non-perishable food donation for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma! Go get your tickets! Don't forget your food donations!

If you don't buy your tickets before June 9th, simply select an address from the
tour page, buy your ticket and begin your tour! Please come out and support the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, our urban farmers and gardeners and our vendors and be inspired by the most local food there is---food grown at home!

If you'd like to volunteer to be a yard watcher (help homeowners with the crowd and answer gardening questions if you can), an errand runner, or an on-call "fire putter-outer" on during the tour, email me at
ellaberrygardens@yahoo.com or call 918-346-1760! We're also looking for donations of bottled water for our volunteers, bags of ice, and cash boxes. Any volunteering or donating will get you a big ole "Thank you" and a nice little somethin' from us!

Thoughts on Weeding

"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered."~~~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The weeding of a garden is an inevitable topic of conversation at any gathering of more than one gardener. Ok, ok...sometimes I even talk to myself about it! Here's my definition of a weed: a plant that's growing where you don't want it to. But some really are virtuous. So how do you know if you should pull, transplant, compost or leave it be? How do you know the difference between a blessing and a potential scourge to your food growing? I tend to decide on a weed-by-weed basis.

Weeds can be volunteer veggies, flowers and herbs that have reseeded, trees that are suckering, unruly Bermuda grass, or any plethora of plants that might spring up in your landscpaes. Here's some guidelines I use to decide what to leave and what to pull:

*Will this plant thrive in this location?
*Am I 100% confident that it is what I think it is?
*Is it going to choke out, kill or interfere with the growth of a plant I find more valuable (for food production, pollination, or just beauty)?
*Do I trust myself to remember this is here? Will I watch it and not let it go to seed?
*Has is already seeded? And if it has, will it be an overwhelming nuisance if I compost it and the seeds remain viable?
*Is there any food or medicinal value in this plant for us or our chickens?
*Can I easily wild forage for it and is this feasible?
*Is it dangerous for my chickens or dogs? (My children are long past the days of gnawing on random outside tidbits but if yours aren't, add them to this question.)
*Do I really wanna mess with it?
*Did I need this space for something that will produce more food? draw in more bees? be easier to care for?
*Does it make a valuable living ground cover or green manure?

Our cultural mythology tells us that clover, dandelion, plantain, vetch, Poke, lamb's quarters, mullein, wild violet, wild strawberry, dock and more are weeds. These plants are villified as yard and garden tyrants that are out to ruin your best-laid plans. But what if they're not? What if they're actually a blessing? I'd like to encourage you to do some research on all of these plants and begin to open your thinking to the benefits of these "weeds." These plants are some of the most nutritious, beneficial plants that grow native here in Northeast Oklahoma. Do some homework. Educate yourself. Let yourself be surprised and ever more curious about what you find out. Fill your bellies with some amazingly good stuff; stuff that you're probably already growing! But be careful not to let them get ahead of you. One lamb's quarters plant gone to seed can produce, oh, I don't know, a gazillion-bajillion seeds that will come up absolutely everywhere. So watch it. Or be prepared to work your hiney off pulling baby lamb's quarters plants. They're great stir-fried.

I find that weeding a garden is a lot like "weeding" out anything else. You start out thinking you're gonna get rid of all the bad bits. Or you might even be one who thinks you're gonna get rid of it all and just start over. You might tell yourself stories about what is valuable or virtuous or worth protecting based on what you've been taught or what you think you know. You might start out with one plan and end up actually growing out an entirely different but even more productive and nourishing one. But if you do a little digging around, learn a little more, exercise more patience, you might find that what you knew wasn't all that helpful and what you have learned will nourish you even more.

Recipe of the Month

I'm going to give you some extra recipes this month since I missed the April and May newsletters! Enjoy!

Peach Pops

This recipe has been a favorite of my kiddos since they were little bitties. It's still a favorite and a wonderfully refreshing summertime treat.

Fresh peaches,chopped to equal about 2 1/2 - 3 c.
2 tbls lemon juice
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Put peaches in blender with lemon juice and almond extract. Blend until pureed and set aside (in fridge if you'd like to hurry things along just a bit.) Combine 1/2 c. water and sugar in small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes and allow to cool. Place in blender with fruit mixture and blend until well mixed. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. Peachy yum! (If you freeze your fresh peaches, you can also use them in this recipe. Just make sure you adjust the sweetness if you freeze them in any kind of sweetened syrup.)

Tart Cherry Smoothie

We grow "Jan" bush cherries and I'm always looking for ways to use up my backyard fruit with as little processing as possible. Try this for breakfast or an outside workday pick-me-up!

1 c. frozen, pitted tart cherries (bush or tree)
3/4 c. milk
1 banana
1/4 tsp almond or vanilla extract
honey to sweeten to taste

Add milk and frozen fruit to blender. Add fresh fruit and extract. Blend until smooth. (You can use fresh cherries and a frozen banana. You just need to make sure one fruit is frozen for the creamy consistency.) This only makes one serving but is easily doubled or tripled (or whatever your blender can hold!) Can also be frozen into popsicles!

Mint Ice

I met the nicest woman named Martha Brown this spring at The M.E.T.'s EnviroExpo. She was volunteering at the table next to me for the Sierra Club. We, of course, started talking gardening. A week or so later, she called and came to see my gardens and buy some fresh eggs and I sent her home with some mint starts. I received a sweet hand-written note from her in the mail a few days later and this recipe was included. (Note to self: send more hand-written lovelies in the mail in hopes of receiving some back because it is just delightful!)

Chop 2 cups fresh mint(or use 1/2 c. dried)

Dissolve 2 cups sugar in 4 cups water. Bring to a boil. Pour over mint and cool.

Add 1/3 cup lemon juice and 2 drops green food coloring.

Strain and freeze.



Classes by Ellaberry

Spring classes were cancelled this year and I just missed ya'll so stinkin' much! Summer classes are quickly approaching and I can't wait to hang out with all ya'll again! If you have attended the summer classes in the past, know that the materials for the first two classes are under major "reconstruction" because of the new way I'm gardening to deal with the heat and drought situation we keep finding ourselves in so lots of new/different material. The second two classes are relatively unchanged but refresher courses are never a bad thing!

Here's the summer class line up:

June 21st: Feed What Feeds You
July 5th: Thirsty Plants Don't Make Juicy Tomatoes
July 19th: Broccoli, Cabbage and Spinach, Oh My!
August 2nd: What Does One Do With a Bushel of Tomatoes?!?!

Complete class descriptions are available
here. Please enroll as soon as you know you're coming and RSVP! Our classes really are just so fun! Food, good info, lots of time for questions and answers.

$20 per class. $80 for the season (gets you a nifty handmade tote full of materials to keep your gardening info handy.) $320 for an entire year (gets you the tote, materials and a free on-site consultation.) Please see enrollment info
here.

I so look forward to gettin' into the swing of summer gardening with you!


Ellaberry and the Community

One of my very favorite things to do is get out in the world and share my joy and passion about growing food with folks. I had the opportunity to speak at the Tulsa Co. Master Gardeners' May meeting and it was such a joy. What an amazing group of folks!

I was blessed with the experience of doing a segment on Good Day Tulsa demonstrating the making of my Sage Woman Tooth Powder and offering the same at a class at Made: The Indie Emporium shop. We didn't have a huge (ok, one person, really) turn out at the class but I was able to speak with several of the shop owners there in the Philcade building and spread the word about what I do and why. Even shared some sage tea and plants. Rarely is all lost.

I was also able to attend a couple of library meetings and events in April and May and share with folks info about using herbs as medicine and urban farming in general. The Tulsa City-County Library system is focusing on food and sustainabilty this year, "The Year of Food." There are several nifty events through the library that you might want to attend. Check out their June event guide
here. Let's show the library that local food, growing food, and learning more about our food systems really matters to our community so they keep offering such informative, important programs and events!

I have upcoming speaking engagements/classes/interviews at Sustainable Tulsa's First Thursdays!, Grogg's Green Barn, Good Day Tulsa!, Tulsa Scene and Urban Tulsa Weekly. I just love spreading the word about growing food! Means so much to even help one person grow something they can eat! If you'd like to me to speak to your garden group, your church group (I promise to watch my mouth!), or anywhere relavent to what I'm doing, email or call and we'll see if we can set something up!

The
Master Gardener's Tour, "Behind Our Garden Gate," is the same weekend as our Edible Garden Tour. Attend both! It'll make for a busy weekend but I know you can do it! You oughta get out there and support them! They have added an education component to their tour this year and are offering fact sheets that are relative to each garden on their tour. One garden in particular might be interesting to you. The garden they're calling "Urban Garden" is featuring edibles, chickens and bees. And this garden will be featured on the extension office's show, Oklahoma Gardening on PBS soon! Go show them our support and tell 'em you want to see more food growin', chicken-lovin' gardeners!

I just love all ya'll to bits! Thank you so much for your continued support and, most of all, happy growing!

Jenny
  

    

 
Ellaberry Gardens' Late Summer 2012 Newsletter
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I have had the hardest time keeping up with newsletters in 2012. I've been thinking and thinking on why this is so. I really think part of the struggle in getting them out has to do with the struggle going on inside my head about gardening and urban homesteading. I've gone through lots of transitions since this past winter. I've learned so much and it has changed my approach to homesteading so much that telling ya'll much of anything felt sort of, oh, I don't know, false? Looking back, I think maybe it would've been nice to keep ya'll updated on the changes so maybe you'd understand where I'm at now a little better. I'm gonna do my best to sum it up here.

1) I've been transitioning away from all things complicated in the garden, in the house and in the animal yard. This means hardly anymore containers, no fighting plants that don't like to grow in my yard, streamlining the animal yard for ease of maintenance and cleaning and making things easier in general. In the house, it means getting rid of the stacks of stuff for projects I may never get to and books I probably won't ever read and clothes that I'm not in love with and organzing what's left.

2) I've been so powerfully impacted by the movie "Back to Eden" (available to watch for free at
http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/) that I've trucked in huge amounts of free finely ground woodchip mulch and it has literally altered my entire perception on growing food. I've also been powerfully impacted by the reactions of my fellow gardeners to this method. Some are excited. Some are in states of complete disbelief. Still others believe in it but are trying to complicate it by adding lots of "it'll only work here if ________." It's been an interesting thing to observe. I'm still learning this method but I have already learned so much. Here are some of my insights so far:

  • Make sure your soil is damp before you put down a heavy layer of mulch. The wood mulch really does act like a sponge and will soak up TONS of water before it lets the soil have any. If the soil is dry when you apply the mulch, your plants could suffer and be thirsty. Bad idea.
  • To sow seed in a thick layer of mulch, I've found it most successful if I pull back the mulch and make a little hole at the soil's surface and sow there. I often make a little mulch "dam" out of 1/3 of a toilet paper tube. As the seedlings grow past the mulch line, I push the mulch back around the stem. If it makes no sense, come see me. I'll show you.
  • If you watch the movie, you'll notice how Paul is raking the mulch a lot. I've found that this is highly beneficial for breaking it down and keeping it loose and workable. I either rake or use my hands to break it up (in my raised beds where raking would be difficult) and am amazed at how lovely the soil under the crusty surface of the mulch is.
  • This method, so far, is looking very promising for my growing. I have one bed that is about 8'x18' that is my "Back to Eden experiment." I previously had a chicken yard here so it should be very fertile soil. I heavily mulched it (about 10" deep) last fall. I planted tomatoes, peppers, basil, some celery and a few flowers in this bed. Had a volunteer cantloupe come up also. I've watered it twice this year. Twice. Harvested more basil than I know what to do with. Had a lovely cantaloupe with the most intensely sweet flavor. Peppers and tomatoes were planted late and eaten to the ground by a rogue backyard bunny (yes, a pet, but still!) so I didn't get much fruit before the heat set in but they are still vibrant and beautiful plants and are now flowering and fruiting heavily. Watered it twice. Did I tell you that I only watered it twice?! Very encouraging.
  • If you have any sort of allergies, don't get or move your mulch on a windy day. It's nasty dusty stuff. I even water it a down a bit while I'm working with it sometimes. And don't be alarmed at what comes outta your nose when you blow it later. Or what your Qtips look like after you clean your ears. Ew.
  • If you live here in NE OK and go to Tulsa's Greenwaste dump for your free mulch, make sure you ask for the fine or garden mulch. They also have a coarse product that is absolutely not what you want to be dealing with. It will take forever to break down and because the pieces are so much larger, it can harbor (and allow to overwinter) insects in a way that the fine mulch just doesn't.

3) I'm learning that it's ok to have an off year. Our harvests are pathetic this year. Not much got planted (compared to our normal planting) so not much is getting picked. Instead of beating myself up, I'm trying to use this experience to really think on what I want to grow, what we want to eat, what I want to put up and what actually grows well here. In some ways, I feel like I'm starting all over. But it's been good to go back and re-evaluate the whys of what I do around here. As of right now, I'm leaning towards focusing heavily on fruits, greens and medicinal herbs because these are the things that I'm most picky about being organic/true. But this is, of course, always subject to change. Who knows? I might read something tomorrow that makes me want to grow 100 lbs of turnips. It could happen. As soon as I'm done with this newsletter, I'm rereading "How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land than You Can Imagine" by John Jeavons. See? Who knows what I'll plant next?!

4) There are some things I did as a younger wife/homesteader that I'd let go of because we had more cash and, frankly, I got tired of them(coupon clipping, making laundry soaps, repurposing all kinds of stuff, gathering up what I could from trash piles and dumpsters are some examples.) I'm back at it. Our income is being stretched farther than ever. As time goes one, I'll be sharing some of my old and new ideas for making a grand life on a wee budget.

There's more to what's going on around here but this will give you a good idea of where I have been and where I'm heading. I hope lots of you continue to stick by my side through this journey. The support I've received from the gardening/urban farming community has been stupendous. I cannot thank ya'll enough.


Edible Tour Update

The 2nd Annual Edible Garden Tour turned out to be a lovely success. Our gardens and our gardeners were lovely and we got lots of great feedback on some things that worked and some that didn't. I've got some great pics I'll be uploading to the 2012 tour page soon.

We were able to raise over 300 lbs of food for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma! They were delightful to work with.

Thanks so much to the folks who came out, the volunteers, the gardeners and the producers!

We're already looking for the gardens and producers for next year! The tour is typically the second weekend in June. If you'd like to be on the tour, please read the "Can my garden be on the edible tour?" on the FAQ page. If you want to be on it, please contact me via email or on the contact page. The sooner we have our gardens, the sooner you can start gettin' ready and the more you can enjoy the process!


Thoughts on Creating Spaces

There was a man in my garden a couple of years ago who exclaimed, "You are an architect! You are creating a feeling, a space, a life!" I marveled at his insight and have thought of it many times. Indeed, we are all creators. We are all architects. There is an inherent burden in that reality but also a lovely little loophole--if we can create it, we can also recreate it; undo it or alter it or redo or scrap it all and start over.

I've spent some time this year getting the "bones" of my urban homestead redone. I already thought they were done. But they weren't. They needed tweaking for paths that were easier to move through and spaces that were easier to access and more little nooks to sit and think or chat or have coffee or do all three.

Us urban homesteaders seem to have a tendency to get caught up in the pragmatic. It's a worthy pursuit to be efficient and frugal and productive on an urban, or any, homestead. But I urge you, as you're creating animal spaces and food growing spaces and orchard spaces and compost spaces, not to forget to create your spaces. The gardener and animal husband and orchardist in you needs a place of respite in the midst of the space you so fervently tend.

I'm writing this newsletter from my favorite swing listening to a little fountain and my chickens scratching around in their yard and breathing in the scent of a glorious passionflower vine. I can see my goldfish in their tiny pond and watch the wild birds dart to and fro. This space is sacred and somehow is crucial to the success of all the other spaces out here. Even if your space is a lawn chair with an upside down 5 gallon bucket as a table for your sweet tea, it matters. Find your space in all that you're creating. Protect it. Use it. Invite others in but only every now and then.


Recipes of the Month(s)

Plain Ol' Sweet Tea

Ok, ya'll. Don't laugh. But I just could not get this down. I have used the Lipton cold brew tea bags for years but am trying to bring our expenses down everywhere. I knew that plain old tea bags were cheaper but couldn't get a pitcher of tea brewed on the stove or in the sun that wasn't kinda bitter. So I asked around and my friend Kristie helped me out. Not only is this tea absolutely delicious, it's nearly as fast to make as the cold brew tea and costs .06 per gallon versus about .50 for cold brew (sugar not included in cost.) I buy my teabags at Aldi for less than $2 for 100 bags. May not sound like a huge savings to you, but we make a gallon of tea every day. EVERY day. It adds up. So here ya go:

2 c. water
3 regular orange/pekoe tea bags (the small ones for a cup of tea)

Place in small saucepan and bring to a rapid boil. Remove from heat and let cool for a minute or two. Pour into one gallon pitcher. Stir in 1 cup of sugar. Add cool water to fill up pitcher. Serve over ice. Perfect!

Lemonade

This is a staple for us. Cheap and easy. And, yes, I use bottled lemon juice.

1 c. lemon juice
1 c. sugar
5 cups water

Mix well and chill.

Baked Oatmeal

I hate buying cereal. I do it. But I hate it. This is a cheap and easy way to prepare breakfast the night before that most of my family is very much enjoying and keeps them from complaining so much about not having cereal every day. I got these from the website Budget Bytes and didn't change a thing so I'm just providing the links. Seriously yummy. I was surprised at how cake-like and moist the texture is. We've eaten this cold with milk, cold without, warm with milk and warm without. Not one way we didn't enjoy it. These are our favorite two recipes for baked oatmeal from this site:

Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Powdered Laundry Soap

I've begun making our laundry soap once more. I've made several liquid recipes in the past and almost always had an issue with them leaving residue on our clothes. And I don't want to spend that much time doing this. So after searching around for a powdered recipe I could live with and some tweaking, this is what we now use. Works great!

1 bar Fels Naptha
1 c. washing soda
1 c. Borax

Grate soap and run through food processor to make teeny pieces. Mix together with washing soda and Borax and store in an airtight container. We use 1/4 c. per load in our HE front loading machine. This can obviously be doubled or quadrupled depending on the size of your family. All of these ingredients are carried by the Reasor's grocery near me and I've seen them at most WalMarts. Cheap, cheap, cheap!

Right Now in the Garden

I've decided to add another new segment to the newsletter and let ya'll know what you can be doing outside right now. Thought it might help some of you out.

This is the best time of year to plant trees! Order them, pick them up at a box store, I don't care. Just get them in the ground! Think pears, peaches, apples, plums, mulberries, elderberries, figs and nut trees! Dwarf varieties are lovely for small spaces and will fruit faster but don't always live as long as standards. standards can be kept relatively small with consistent pruning.

The fall weeding of your garden is the very most important. Get out there in the cooler temps and dig out the Bermuda and all the other weeds you've got in your growing space. You don't want to give them a chance to develop a deeper, stronger root structure throughout the winter and early spring. Get 'em out!(Just a note: with the heavy mulching method, this becomes ridiculously easy!)

September is a great for sowing spinach and lettuces directly in the cooler soils. If you get right on it, you also have time for a final sowing of peas, turnips, rutabaga, and radishes. You can also sow leeks and onions and plant garlic cloves for harvesting early next summer. See my Fall Planting Chart here and also refer to OSU's handout HLA-6009 "Fall Gardening" for more fall gardening tips.


There are several perennial flowers that can be sown outside right now as well. They won't bloom until next year but will be growing good roots to bloom next spring. Check out coneflowers, bread poppies, black-eyed Susans and Indian blanketflower (of which I have a gazillion seeds if you'd like some.)

Separating your perennials is also a great fall gardening activity. Balloon flowers, hostas, chives (garlic and onion), sorrels, shasta daisies, dianthus, coneflowers, coreopsis and alpine strawberries are all plants I check this time of year to see if they need to be thinned or separated. Share your excess or fill in your garden in other places.

And, last but not least, the fall is an excellent time to plant strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, currants and other small fruiting plants and shrubs. Give them lots of water and a good mulching and be amazed by how fast they get growing next spring after sitting in the ground through the winter months.

Classes by Ellaberry

I've changed up the class schedule to better fit my family's schedule and to make the schedule easier to follow. Classes are now the third Thursday of every month (except for December) at 7pm.

Class this month is "Hungry Spring?! No More!" where we'll learn to fall sow crops for early spring eating to fill in that gap between when we've eaten up all our stored produce and our garden isn't producing quite yet. You'll be munching on fresh greens when your neighbors are just beginning to think about putting seeds in the ground! We'll also talk about cold frames and hooping your gardens for winter protection and year-round growing!

Pleaese RSVP! Class materials will be emailed upon receiving payment via paypal or check in the mail. You can print them off and bring them with you to follow along(or not.) If you don't RSVP and pay when you arrive, you'll receive the class materials via email after class. Class fee is now $10.

Hope to see lots of you here!!

Happy growing!

Jenny
 
 Ellaberry Gardens' October 2012 Newsletter
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Fall leaves, pumpkins and highs in the upper 80s?, oh my! Fall in Northeast Oklahoma is always a roller coaster ride. Worrying about a freeze that will kill your tomatoes just before they ripen is just as likely as worrying about high temps that will kill your newly sprouting peas. The moral of the story is this: if you can garden here, you've got some skills!

I have a few tips for urban homesteaders who are either new to our area or who are new to gardening outside of the typical April 15th - October 15th growing season. Here goes:

  • Don't fret over planting spinach or radishes well into the fall. Chances are you'll get a good crop. And if it does freeze hard before you do, the seeds for these crops are very inexpensive. It was worth a shot!
  • Don't pull your summer crops at the first signs of frost because very often we have a good few weeks of warm temperatures that follow. Very often just a sheet thrown over tomato plants will keep them warm enough.
  • If you have beds lying fallow for the winter, cover them up! Cover crops or mulch. I don't care. Just remember "NO naked soil!" You can lose a shocking amount of fertility to the freeze/thaw cycle, the wind and the sun. No naked soil!
  • Weed like crazy before the hard freezes. Don't give those perennial weeds the chance to grow roots all winter! The fall weeding matters most.
  • Got tons of leaves? Make a leaf mold bin. See this article for great tips and why it's a good idea.
  • Enjoy the winter months while studying the bones of your garden and deciding what you'd like to add or take away. Make plans and daydream. Remember to include some joy in your plans--either a whimsical garden ornament or a plant whose only value is beauty. Get some joy out there so you'll want to get out there!
  • Winterize your animal enclosures. Fall is a good time to clean everything out really good. It's warm enough most days to hose it all clean and cool enough not to wear yourself out doing it. Then make your preparations for keeping everybody warm---buy straw, put up tarps, etc. Don't wait until it's freezing to prepare. It's easier to keep a space warm than to warm it up after it freezes.
  • Be proud of what you've accomplished in the past year. No matter what youre homestead produced, you did something. That's amazing. I'm proud of you! It's hard work. All of it. And it matters. So congrats!
Thoughts on Employment

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Have you heard the phrase "working off farm?" If you are blessed to have any farming friends, I'm sure you have. Sometimes in a discussion with a farmer, you'll hear, "Yeah, his wife works off farm." Or maybe, "He has to work off farm part-time to make ends meet." Or even, "I think I'm gonna have take a job off farm to make it this year."

After putting a ridiculous amount of consideration into it, I'm taking a job off farm to help cover the expenses of having four nearly grown kiddos. I've always believed having a job normally costs more money than it's worth when you have small children but I don't have small children any longer. I've also always believed that you can cut so many corners by being a homemaker that you can nearly make up the earnings of a part-time job. But we've cut the ones we're willing to already. I've also tended to believe that if we ever needed more income, I'd just push harder to build Ellaberry and see where it led us. And I do intend to do that. But we need a regularly occuring source of income for a while to cover some very specific expenses. Owning your own business is wonderful but income is extremely variable and very often nonexistent.

Having a job does cost money though. There are some specific expenses that I'm wary of---work attire I wouldn't normally buy, convenience foods because I'm tired, the extra gas money to transport me to and from the job, and the expense of added stress and maybe less time in the garden. These all matter very much. My husband and I have considered them carefully, and we have decided that it is an ok time for me to take on a part-time job. I am nervous, but am thankfully also insatiably curious and am excited (and a little anxious) to see how this fits into our family.

I suppose I'm telling you all of this because I'm interested in your experiences with employment. Being employed by another person or another company is such a common thing in our society that I think folks rarely see it as the choice that it is. There is something about being employed, or used, by a company that I find unsettling. Yet I also realize that my family wouldn't have the life we have unless my husband had been well employed for his entire adult life. I find this topic fascinating.

What does this all have to do with gardening or urban homesteading or becoming more self-sufficient? I'm not exactly sure how to explain that to you or even to myself. Somehow having a job "off farm" makes me feel like less of a homesteader but also I'm curious if it won't make me feel just a little more self-sufficient if we're able to meet the demands of our family with more ease. And I also expect to have some experiences to share with you about balancing being away from home and being so centered on home for the last twenty years. Here's to new adventures, folks!



Recipes of the Month


Veggie Chili

(If you’re using dry beans, cook them until done in only water and then use in recipe. You can always precook your dry beans and either freeze or can them. I highly recommend having staples in jars or in your freezer so you can create your own “fast food.”)

2 tbls. oil
Peppers and onions to equal about 4 cups, chopped (fresh or frozen)


1 jalapeno pepper (or other small hot pepper), minced

1 quart home-canned tomatoes or 1 28 oz. can store-bought
1 pkg. (12-16oz) frozen corn (or 1 c. dehydrated and reconstituted corn)


¼ c. chili powder
4 c. cooked beans (black, kidney, pinto…whatever you have)

Put olive oil in pan. Add peppers and onions. Turn heat to medium. Cook until somewhat tender. Pour in tomatoes (with juice), chili powder and beans. Cook until boiling and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Add in corn. For extra zing, pour in a bottle of your favorite beer. Bring to a simmer again and then serve with a dollop of sour cream, a bit of grated cheese and tortilla chips.



Sweet and Spicy Winter Squash Fries

(You can substitute sweet potatoes for winter squash.)

Cooking Spray (or olive oil)
1 lb. butternut squash, seeded and cut into ¾” sticks
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. chili powder, or to taste


Preheat oven to 450F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray (or brush with oil.) Arrange squash pieces on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and chili powder. Liberally coat with cooking spray. (Or toss squash pieces, salt and chili powder in a bowl with about 2 tbls. olive oil and then place on cookie sheet.) Roast, turning once, until desired crispness, about 18 minutes. This recipe makes enough for two generous servings.


Right Now in the Garden

Lots of folks are putting their gardens to bed right now. In addition to the list above, there are some things to consider if you're done gardening for this year. Here are my main tips for putting your gardens to bed for the winter:

  • Have to say it again, no naked soil. Cover crop or mulch everything.
  • Clean, clean, clean---get rid of any and all diseased or insect-ridden plant materials. Either burn or throw away this stuff. Unless you're sure your compost pile gets hot enough to destroy the pathogens in your diseased plants, toss them. Clean up your paths. Cut back the trees and bushes that pulled your hair all summer. Move the rock you tripped over five hundred and seventy-two times.
  • Plan for next year. If you want a new garden bed, put it in now.
  • Wash out any pots you're going to empty. Dump soil in compost and rinse well. Sit out in the sun to dry. Use a vinegar/water solution to clean if you had a disease problem.
  • Clean and repair your tools, your gates, your wheelbarrows, your raised beds. You'll be so happy with yourself next year if you do this now.
  • Put a fresh coat of paint on your favorite outdoor chair.
  • Get out your birdfeeders if you keep them put up in the summer. Birdwatching is a wonderful way to stay connected to your outdoor space if you're not a fall/winter gardener.
  • And, finally, for my fall/winter gardeners:
    • get in your garlic by mid-November
    • keep planting spinach and radishes for another month or so
    • if your kale plants are going nuts, pick and freeze the excess (or give it away or feed it to your rabbits and chickens)so the plants will keep on producing
    • check on your hooping and cold frame materials and make sure you have what you need before we get a hard freeze
    • don't forget that you can still get sunburned on a cool day--keep your sunscreen and sunhats handy
Enjoy the winter months. It's a welcome respite from the intensity of gardening the rest of the year. Even if you continue to care for crops in cold frames or hoop houses, chances are you're not growing at the same volume. Use the downtime to really decide what worked for you and what didn't. Pay attention to this stuff and adjust your future gardening accordingly.

Classes by Ellaberry

We've changed up the way we're doing classes and it's working really well! Classes are now just $10 and if you pay before class, you will receive the class materials via email on class day. You can print them off and bring them to follow along or just have them in your computer.

We also changed the schedule and classes are now held on the third Thursday of every month at 7pm(except December.)

The last class of the year is November 15th. "That's the Nicest Thing That Anyone's Ever Done for Me!" This class is all about gift-giving from your gardens and urban homesteads. You'll leave with a little gift yourself! See more information
here! Please consider RSVPing for this class as soon as possible! I gotta get all your gifts ready!


Ellaberry in the Community

Speaking Engagements



I love getting out in the community and spreading the word about all things urban homesteading. If you'd like me to speak to your group, please let me know as soon as you can. I can present/speak for 20 minutes up to a couple of hours, depending on the "seriousness" of the group and the topic. I typically charge about $50 for two hours which covers gas money, my time and any printed materials or activities I may provide. But that's negotiable depending on the circumstance. I tend to be extremely lenient on my fee for nonprofits. Contact me through the website or at ellaberrygardens@yahoo.com and we'll work something out!

Fall Festival at Grogg's Green Barn

Saturday, October 27th form 9am - 3pm, Grogg's Green Barn is having a fall festival featuring local vendors, activities for the kids, a yoga class, a raw foods class and I'm teaching a class on canning and food preservation. See their flyer here. Come out and join us!

Online

I maintain a Facebook page for Ellaberry Gardens that I post on pretty frequently. It's an excellent place to post questions or pics of your own homesteading adventures. I sometimes give away free seeds or offer up folks a chance to drop by and dig up some plants. If you're on there already, "like" us and join our online community there.



Announcement: New Services Offered by Ellaberry!

I am looking to build Ellaberry in the next year and am hoping to add a few services and products that my community will find valuable. I have a long list of ideas but am very intersted in what you guys are looking for. More classes? Weekend workshops? Locally grown vegetable starts in the spring? Baby rabbits and/or quail? Quail eggs to hatch yourself? Fresh herbs? Seeds? Home canned jams and jellies? Let me know what you want from me! My ideas are nothing but compost fodder if no one is interested! Here's what's new right now:

Mulch Delivery

I have been reporting on the successes I've had with using Tulsa's Greenwaste Dump finely ground garden mulch for about a year now. There are many of you that would like to try it but have been unable to transport mulch to your homes or you can only find a dump truck to do it. Most of us don't want to begin with that much mulch. So.....

Ellaberry Gardens is now offering one small trailer, approximately one and a half cubic yards (slightly more) of mulch, delivered to your home anywhere withtin the city limits of Tulsa for $50.

If you live outside of Tulsa, do not be discouraged. We can still work with you! Just contact us for a quote.

You can contact us via email, ellaberrygardens@yahoo.com, or phone, 918-346-1760, to schedule your delivery!

We can deliver any day of the week but you must call to schedule!

Garden Clean Up

This time of year lots of folks want to get their yards/gardens all cleaned up for the winter but just don't have the time or don't know where to begin.

If this sounds like you and you'd like to hire us to do your winter cleanup, contact us (using the email or phone number above) and we'll run out and give you a quote!

We will thoroughly weed, rake, pull out dead garden plants, and can even haul mulch to cover your beds up. We'll discuss your specific needs when we come out to quote you a price!

It's hard to find yard help that is understanding of the specific needs of urban farmers! Let us help you get ready for next spring now!

Happy growin'!

Jenny


  
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