Southern SAWG

I spent last week in Lexington, Kentucky at Southern SAWG's annual conference, where I learned about innovations in farm education, pest identification and management, and small-scale flower farming. This was my seventh consecutive year attending SSAWG, and I enjoy touching base and hearing updates from farm friends that I only get to see once a year. 

I picked up a couple of cool tools from the trade show, my favorite of which are these small ring knives from Handy Safety Knife. I first heard about them from Cathy Jones of Perry-winkle Farm. These knives are designed for cutting twine, but Cathy suggested using them for flower harvests. She reports that they significantly improve the speed and ergonomics of cutting flowers. (As an added bonus, I think they make me look like I have T-Rex claws, but I digress.) My agrostemmas that I planted back in August are getting ready to pop, so I'll be able to report back in a couple of weeks! 

New Growing Season, New Blog

I've been growing things for as long as I can remember. I've taught home gardening, small to mid-scale farming, and homesteading to clients from as young as three to as old as 82. I love teaching. I love growing. 

I hope you'll follow along here as I walk us through a southern growing season. I'll show you pictures of my flower and vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and bee hives, and give step-by-step instructions for horticultural projects. 

Right now, I've got my spring greens popping up in seed trays, and my over-wintered flowers are starting to leaf out. I can't wait to show you more. 

Let's grow together. 

Mary