Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 12/15/15

Good morning, everyone! Last week was a busy week for me. We celebrated Hanukkah each night, which was a great respite after my busy days. Our office is being renovated, so we had to get a lot of work done in a shortened period of time AND had to pack up the entire office by Friday. Today, our computers will be disconnected, and I will be working from home – or, on vacation time – for the next three weeks! Sa-weet!!!!!! That said, let me share a bit of the homestead happenings over the past week. Pics from the homestead!

Farm From a Box – Literally

Farm From a Box via farmfromaboxThe other day, I was reading an article about a company in California whose innovative product is empowering people to grow their own organic food and generate an income, thus becoming independent of any need for government (or organizational) aid. I was so intrigued by this, I had to share it with you. Farm from a box!

Sweet Potato Tzimmes

Sweet Potato Tzimmes SGGood morning, everyone. As promised, today I’m sharing with you the recipe for Sweet Potato Tzimmes. Typically served on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles – the original Thanksgiving), this dish can be served at any time. Great for traditional Thanksgiving dinner, Hanukkah, or any other fall meal, this is a dish that can be served hot as a side dish or even at room temperature as a not-too-sweet dessert. And, it can be made ahead of time! Sweet Potato Tzimmes recipe!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 12/1/15

Wow! I can’t believe it’s December already! This year has flown by. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I dearly missed my family this year, but I did get to spend the day with my son and my beau. After a marathon cooking session, it was a buffet dinner (when my son got home from work – don’t get me started on retail stores being open on Thanksgiving!) and a movie palooza. A nice relaxing day, for sure. In today’s post, I’ll share a piece of our day, some pictures around the homestead, and give you a wonderful coupon code for my shop. This week’s photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 11/24/15

It’s Thanksgiving week, and the first frost is inching ever closer. It’s actually late this year – the year my garden was a mess and I have no fall crops growing. <sigh> But the weather is what it is. That said, I spent the weekend harvesting the vestiges of my garden’s last gasp – a few winter squash and a bunch of peppers. I also put up a new portable greenhouse to house my key lime trees and some potted plants through the winter. This week’s garden photos!

Reviving Ancient Seed

Reviving Ancient Seed picBelieve it or not, the holidays are upon us. And after that? The 2016 seed catalogs arrive!! (I know, I know – I haven’t even cleaned up the mess that was my 2015 garden, and I’m already dreaming of spring planting.) Anyway, while perusing the Facebook posts of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed company, I found an article about 800-year-old squash seeds that were planted – and grew! And that made me think about the date palm growing in Israel that came from a 2,000-year-old seed. Thus, this post was born. Reviving ancient seed!

The Gardens of France

Jardin a Sainte-Adressee by Claude Monet (photo credit:

Jardin a Sainte-Adressee by Claude Monet (photo credit:

As I was thinking about what to post today, I thought it would be nice to share with you some of the beauty of France – especially after the horrible events in Paris this weekend. (My Garden Wilson’s brother and sister-in-law were in Paris at the time, but they were safe in their hotel when the attacks occurred; and they were able to fly home to the United States the next day. Thank the Lord!) Facebook profile photos are sporting the French flag overlay, so I thought I’d post some photos of beautiful French gardens today.  The gardens of France!

2015 Coastal Carolina Fair ~ Part 2

Good morning, everyone. On Tuesday, I shared part 1 of my annual adventure to the Coastal Carolina Fair with photos of the fairgrounds, the entertainment, and the competitions. (If you missed it, you can view Part 1 here.) Today, I’m sharing a taste of our county fair, Charleston style, Part 2.  Coastal Carolina Fair!