How to make your berries bird-resistant on the cheap

I like birds, even in my garden.  They eat pests and they’re fun to watch.  Lately, however, robins have been ravaging my strawberry patch — eating those juicy berries before I can have a chance to pick some for myself.  But there’s hope — and the secret may just be in your cupboard. [Read more…]

Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote

Sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb are a classic spring combination.  Serve this delicious sauce warm or cold over ice cream or shortcake; or use as a healthy alternative to syrup on waffles or pancakes. [Read more…]

Radish-Mushroom Bruschetta

Radishes are great for more than just salads!  Ready in under an hour, this easy radish-mushroom bruschetta is a great appetizer or side with its fresh, peppery flavor.   [Read more…]

How to Grow Strawberries in Containers

Picking that first handful of strawberries on a cool spring morning, inhaling their sweet smell, and adding them to my morning bowl of cereal is one of the nicest feelings in the whole wide world.  And guess what!  You can have the same experience, even if you live in an apartment. [Read more…]

A Girl and Her Garden

I’ve loved gardening ever since I can remember.  One of my earliest memories is helping my grandma pick strawberries, peas, and carrots in her vast garden; sampling as I went.

We’d make freezer jam; we preserved peaches, pears, and pickles.  I would watch with wonder as those jars sealed all by themselves.  It was always so satisfying to open a jar of peaches in the middle of our harsh Montana winters and taste… summer. [Read more…]

Sense and Sustainability: The Petite Farmstead

Hello, and welcome to The Petite Farmstead!  I’m so glad you stopped by my little plot of cyberspace – pun totally intended.

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