Tuesday, November 9, 2010

How to measure time

Since my father's death in September, I seem to have lost track of time.
Thanks to our beautiful extended fall I was able to plant bulbs last week.
When these come up in the spring it will be extra sweet...and sour.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

a season ends..

Scotty and I would like to thank all who attended our Fall in the Garden event this last weekend. Sunday was extra special with Farmer Dave and David Wold playing music in the garden. Our season is now officially over and we thank you for supporting us.

If you weren't able to attend ...I took our beautiful plants and bulbs down to Prune Orchard in Pullman. Debbie's shop is soooooo beautiful inside and now the outside is bursting with color.

We are preparing for a slow moving fall and winter...ahhhhhhhh

Friday, September 10, 2010

Music in the Garden-September 12

Farmer Dave will be here singing his heart out.
Sunday from 1:30-3:00

this is not dave..ha

And it's going to be a perfect day!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Fall in the Garden- an Open Garden Weekend

September, 9-10-11-12

fresh fall color for planters or borders
4 days only- be here -aloha

Saturday, August 28, 2010

It's a rough job...

I hate to rub it in, this is what my conferences look like!
My biggest decision is which color do I like best.

We just returned from plant trials in Oregon. These are new and improved varieties next to tried and true varieties. It is almost impossible to narrow it down to the few plants I have room to grow in my greenhouse. It is the only time I wish I had a big big garden shop.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Show at Cafe Silos in Moscow

Palouse Landscapes
Scotty Thompson Photograpy

Cafe Silos Moscow Idaho
August 10 - September 8

Scotty just hung a show at Cafe Silos in Moscow. If you have never been to Brenda's you are missing a treat. Very comfortable, very tasty, very beautiful. Her gardens outside are a delight.
Open: 8-6 tues-sat 8-4 sun closed mon

Show at Silos in Moscow

Friday, August 6, 2010


pondering what to do this weekend? May I suggest:

backyard harvest's first annual HOME-GROWN ART PROJECT
Bank Left Gallery, Palouse WA, August 7-19, open wed-sat

This community installation of donated original artworks will be upstairs at the Bank Left Gallery August 7-19. They will be available for purchase at a silent auction August 21
at the annual harvest celebration in Moscow. More information at www.backyardharvest.org

aphid on tomatoes

My greenhouse tomatoes have a few aphids on them. It was bound to happen. They are flying off the drying fields into our lush heaven. I have an organic oil spray and I thought about ordering beneficial insects but then I remembered my bug blaster. (dope slap) It's a spray nozzle that emits a flat-2 dimensional blast of water. Aphids being soft bodied insects can't handle the force of the spray. This tool is very effective for mites too who dislike moisture and congregate on the underside of the leaves where rain won't wash them off.

win-win, plants love it, pests hate it, good for the environment

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

aphids moving in...

Our neighbor to the West just got through cutting his hay field for the first time. While this makes a beautiful scene, I swear every aphid in that field moved to our green and lush garden! This is my best theory 'cause I've never had aphids like this year. The nice thing is they are mostly congregating on the weeds (thickly congregating, yuk)

Saturday, July 31, 2010


We just returned home from a week camping in Montana. What a state! we were in the high country desert of the "big hole" and also spent some time in Helena.

While in Helena we visited the:

Archie Bray Foundation. The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts is a public, nonprofit, educational institution founded in 1951 by brickmaker Archie Bray, who intended it to be "a place to make available for all who are seriously and sincerely interested in any of the branches of the ceramic arts, a fine place to work." Its primary mission is to provide an environment that stimulates creative work in ceramics.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bray is located three miles from downtown Helena, Montana, on the site of the former Western Clay Manufacturing Company. Set against the wooded foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the 26-acre former brickyard is internationally recognized as a gathering place for emerging and established ceramic artists. The nearby mountains and brick factory ruins provide a backdrop for the creative environment; more important is the dynamic arts community created by the resident artists that come to the Bray to work, share experiences, and explore new ideas.

Talk about inspiration...honestly we cut our vacation short by 2 days because we were so inspired all we wanted to do was get home and start on projects!

Friday, July 30, 2010

kitties need a home...

As a favor to a friend who has generously saved this feral family of felines. I make this post. Momma Cat and the 3 kittens (2 female 1 male) have all been spayed/neutered and vaccinated. If you are in need of a mouser or just can't resist a fuzzy face, email me and I will pass it on..

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Farm Tour

Looking for something fun and unusual to do this weekend.
Check out this self guided farm tour on Sunday August 1

You have to sign up ( email is okay ) by Thursday June 29
email Carol Spurling at outreach@moscowfood.coop
or call 208-669-0763

Monday, July 19, 2010

thank you...

I don't think I have taken the time to send my gratitude. Gratitude for the support that allows me to have the perfect stay at home job. Gratitude for the ability to nurture beauty in our busy world. I love what I do and I am grateful to the community that supports that.

The greenhouse is full of tomatoes and cucumber plants for backyard harvest. They are planted in containers on a drip system. Our gardens are all on auto-pilot and we are finally settling in to our off season and starting to dream of camping.

Monday, July 12, 2010

What a wonderful day...

Thank you to everyone who attended Art in the Garden this year.
We had a wonderful time.
The day was calm and sunny and we had a steady stream of folks all day long. Our event coincided with Palouse Art Walk this year and there was good flow of people coming and going...

We would like to thank all our artists who participated this year. Merci Merci Merci

Thursday, July 8, 2010

My booth...

No surprise here. I really did had plans for making driftwood trellis, collage cards, and more for Art in the Garden, but really, where did I think the time was going to come from.

The event is starting to become real for me.... Patrick Siler came by this morning to pick out a spot in the shade where he can draw. Molly's up in the sugar shack cum studio, painting her heart out. I am so excited to see her finished work. She did such a nice job on our poster.

2 more days...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Summer in the Garden

Another reason to visit us (besides Art in the Garden) this Saturday, July 10 is our gardens. With all the rain this spring they are extra lush and just starting to overflow with summer color.

Scotty is framing photos for his "booth" and tomorrow I will post a photo of my "booth"

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Art in the Garden 2010

A week has past since our season ended.
The gardens have grown so much with the warm weather, they look perfect for Art in the Garden. We have many new artists showing this year. I can't wait! See you Saturday.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


The only word that will describe this week.

To Celebrate the end of our 2010 season and the first weekend of summer, Sunday June 27, Tiana Gregg will be here playing music in the garden from 3:00-5:00 pm. This is also the release date of her new CD, 'ENDS MEET'

If you are free Sunday afternoon, I invite you out to listen to Tiana's music float over the garden.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Money to Haiti

During last summer's gift show I ordered wonderful, Haitian Fair Trade, metal garden art made from used oil drums. Using just a hammer and a chisel, the artists create these beautiful wall hangings . My order arrived 3 days after the earthquake. Feeling horrible and wanting to help, we made a commitment to donate 20% of each sale to Partners in Health for their continued work in Haiti.

Today I mailed a check to Partners in Health for $1390.00 !
We sold 128 pieces.
Thank you! Thank you, Thank you!
p.s. we have these 3 pieces left...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gregorian Chants

Those who visit us, know we float Gregorian Chants over the garden.
Many have asked for our playlist, here it is:

Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos: Ave Maria
Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos: The Soul of Chant
Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Maurice & Saint-Maur, Clervaux: Salve Regina
Capella Gregoriana: Lost in Meditation

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I'm in love...

After a month of wind and rain, yesterday felt like falling in love.
I was giddy, forgetful and felt as if I had viewed the world for the first time...and it IS beautiful.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Music in the Garden- May 16 2-4 pm

It's supposed to be 74 degrees warm- and the sweet sounds of Tiana and Alex will float through the garden....If your wondering what to do this Sunday afternoon, you really should stop by and listen...

There is huge talent among us on the Palouse.
This is a gift Tiana is giving our community.

Joni Mitchell wrote:
"And I play if you have the money
Or if your a friend to me
But the one man band
By the quick lunch stand
He was playing real good, for free"

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


This is a guest post from Amy Grey, Director of Backyard Harvest.

The soil has been turned, peas are planted, and Molly survived a very soggy Farmer's Market on Saturday—our fifth season is well underway!

We will need your participation to make it our best year ever. Here are some ways to help out for the month of May:

Moscow Farmers Market | Molly needs help on Saturday mornings to manage Backyard Harvest's market booth. Sign up for an 7–10am or 10–1pm shift by contacting Molly at market@backyardharvest.org.

Market Drop-off Bin | This year we will also have a bin to accept produce donations at both the Co-op's Tuesday Growers Market and the Moscow Farmers Market.
So buy a little extra from your favorite local vendor or bring your surplus garden produce to drop in the bin.

Plant an Extra Row (or Two or Three) | Expand your garden this spring for donation to Backyard Harvest later this summer. We will have free seeds available at our booths at the Moscow Farmers Market and Tuesday Growers Market during the first few weeks in May. Later in June we will also have free plant starts for distribution to those willing to grow extra for our neighbors in need.

Adopt a Garden | We are looking for dedicated volunteers to help us maintain any one of several Backyard Harvest plots located in Moscow and Pullman. Contact Isaak at isaak@backyardharvest.org for a current list of gardens and needs.

Spring Cleaning? | Backyard Harvest is always looking for garden tools in good condition to help with our growing efforts. Contact Isaak at isaak@backyardharvest.org.

As always thanks for all of your help and support . . . we could not do it without you!


amy grey

po box 9783
moscow, id 83843

tel 208.669.2259

Friday, April 30, 2010

Music in the Garden- May 2 & 16, 2-4 pm

Well, amazing things just keep happening to us!

Last week, singer/songwriter Tiana Gregg of Palouse (Green Frog Fame) asked if she and a friend could come play music in the garden. It took us all of 3 seconds to say yes. The very next day Scotty built a stage and arranged seating ( so very Scotty ) This Sunday, May 2 and Sunday, May 16 we will have music in the garden from 2-4 pm

I would encourage you to come and hear new tones floating above the gardens...

Thursday, April 29, 2010


These just arrived today and I am over the moon crazy for them.
There are 3 sizes- 19"-14"-11", each one a unique piece of art.
They are made by a collaborative between artists with and without developmental disabilities.

Here is what they say about their mission:

Purpose: To inspire and liberate the human spirit through the arts.

Vision: To create and live out a best practice model for collaborative art making between artists with and without developmental disabilities. This new mind set demonstrates that creativity is innately a part of all people and recognizes that art enhances the quality of life and strengthens communities.

I love it! I love it! I love it!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Our Neighbors

In the country sense, Eric and Sheryl are our neighbors. While they may not actually live next door, they ARE close to our hearts. They are out to change our world for the better and every action they take is towards that gain. Click here to link their farm's web page. If you are looking for locally grown food this is the place to start. We have been eating their poultry for the last 2 years and yes, there IS a difference. Below is an excerpt from their web site.

The Zakarisons have been farming on the Palouse since 1935. In 2006 Eric and Sheryl decided that they wanted to grow crops and livestock in a more sustainable way. In 2009 our first 10 acres of organic farmland were certified.
Our small diversified farm is located in the heart of the Palouse in the Pullman - Moscow region. We raise grain such as conventional soft white wheat and we are beginning to transition some of our farm ground to organic production. In 2010 we will experiment with small plots to grow organic lentils, hulless barley and hard white spring wheat (good for bread). We are also experimenting with camelina to determine if we can produce a local oil source for the Palouse.
We also raise livestock. We have a farm flock of White Dorper sheep. We raise pastured poultry - broiler chickens, laying hens and turkeys. We have three wonderful draft mules - Jay, Rhodie, and Kate.