The article I wrote for Her Voice is out today on our Straw Bale Garden. It turned out excellent. I am always excited to see how they do the layout of photos, colors, etc. I am, per the usual, in good company in this magazine with writers and articles on local women, people, who are doing great things in the Brainerd Lakes Area. You can get a copy of Her Voice in today’s Brainerd Dispatch, stop by the office any time to pick one up, or read it online.

I took the following photos this week. Our garden is starting to look like the photos from the book! The cucumbers are crawling up the make shift trellis. The green beans keep producing. We’re starting to see some of the tomatoes redden, and those peppers look amazing. I’m excited for the fall pumpkins, squash and sunflowers to blossom.


Marigolds, pumpkin, squash and sunflowers in the front yard.


This is starting to get exciting!


We’ll have at least one to carve!


Waiting for a little more color to blossom. Those darn deer ate some of the early buds.


DSC_2437We have a variety of sunflowers blooming. Some are the orange and brown colors of fall. So beautiful. I love how their heads move towards the sun. I also have wild flowers on the corner of the garage, and we have a few pepper plants and tomatoes in containers on the deck.

Being an urban farmer has its perks. Planting in the straw bales really reduces the amount of weeds, and it’s nice not to have to bend over too far to pick the produce. We’ll see how many tomatoes we have to put up this fall!



Go. Create. Inspire! And, eat your veggies!!