We live in the Inland Northwest growing a large majority of our food in a garden “made-from-scratch”. Literally, clearing land and preparing soil then starting plants from heirloom seed or starts supplied by family and friends. This method takes more time to get to the harvesting and canning, but, is much more economical. Anyhow, patience is a trait needed by gardeners and we are growing that too in the process.

I encountered problems because I did not grow up here with these plants. I do not always know what a baby vegetable is going to look like when it pops up out of the ground, which means, I sometimes pull the plant instead of the weed. Darn. We hope this blog can provide assistance to amateur gardeners learning how to become self-sufficient.


We just head out and enjoy the outside.


Fishing will increase next summer when we fix the boat.


The most fun you can have without having to come up with bail money.