Vegetable Garden Planner from Mother Earth News

Tonight I played around with Mother Earth News’ Vegetable Garden Planner, an online tool that allows you to “design your best garden ever.” It’s a versatile tool that allows you to figure out every detail of your garden.

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After an easy login and email verification process (and it seems most reputable […]

Wordless Wedneday – Autumn Mountain at Sunrise

Autumn Mountain Color at Sunrise

*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**

Wetlands Trading Company

Wetlands Trading Company

When my friend Jackie said she was taking me to “The Wetlands,” I thought I was going to see a swampy area of the Shenandoah. (I’m a nature gal, so that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, mind you.) Instead, I was thrilled when we ended up at Wetlands Trading Company, a […]

Deauville Fallow Deer Farm – Buying Local

Saturday a Shenandoah Valley friend took me to Deauville Fallow Deer Farm, just a few miles down the road in Basye. Gail Rose, the owner, is a wonderful lady who took the time to walk us around her greenhouse, pick-your-own gardens, the chicken coop, and the deer herd.

fallow deer

Gail is an inspiration […]

Silverthorn Makes Autumn Smell Like Spring

The silverthorn has bloomed here in the Shenandoah Valley, and my yard smells wonderful! We had about 35 friends out to the house last weekend and most commented on the Gardenia-like aroma wafting around the yard on the slightly windy day.

Silverthorn, Elaeagnus pungens

When we first saw the farm, the day we put […]