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Location:  Saint Charles, IL

Day Job:  RN

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Apples, Basil, Bell Peppers, Bok-choy, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Cherries, Cucumbers, Garlic, Green beans, Jalepeno Peppers, Lettuce, Melons, Oregano, Peas, Pumpkins, Raspberries, Rosemary, Spinach, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Thyme, Tomatoes

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I'm living on a great property in an unincorporated area, begging for huge garden/farm, and hopefully, a bit of livestock soon! Trying to get back to nature, go green, and live a more sustainable way of life. Current interests, as of 2/2011, are composting (my bin is not going so well), starting seeds indoors for this year's crops, learning more about canning--so that this year's harvest can last through next winter, and researching how to raise & care for chickens.


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  • Posted by: brittley47 on June 26th, 2012 at 08:49 pm

    Thanks Wong! Trying to get in all of my tomato plants--a little late I know, but this was such a weird winter and spring, I didn't know what to expect! Now they are sweltering in our very hot drought.

  • Posted by: Wong88 on June 2nd, 2012 at 02:07 pm

    Best Wishes to the Farmer of the Day!

  • Posted by: Wong88 on April 18th, 2012 at 07:09 am

    What are you currently working on?

  • Posted by: brittley47 on December 11th, 2011 at 09:08 am

    Spring 2012 seed & plant catalogs are rolling in! Helps to stave off the winter blues.

  • Posted by: brittley47 on October 23rd, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Planting some garlic and shallots today. If anyone knows about pest control, I'd be interested. When my shipment of bulbs was delivered, we came home to find a couple of chipmunks on our front porch trying to break into the box! I'm wondering if they'll be going after the bulbs once they are planted. I thought garlic was supposed to be a good deterrent of critters, but the way those chipmunks attacked that package, I'm not so sure...

  • Posted by: DanielJRioux "The Highlands farm and ranch" on September 8th, 2011 at 06:33 pm

    Brittney, would you know a good way to transport my rhubard, horseradish and comfrey when I move? Dig up and take the whole plant or take root cuttings of each one, and the crowns of the rhubarb?

  • Posted by: brittley47 on August 26th, 2011 at 07:42 am

    Heirloom veggie show in LaFox IL this weekend. I'm wondering if some of my tomatoes could speed up a little and be ready for display!

  • Posted by: brittley47 on July 29th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Went from drought conditions to flood conditions in Chicagoland!

  • Posted by: DanielJRioux "The Highlands farm and ranch" on July 11th, 2011 at 09:11 am

    I am not really sure yet, the poperty is at 7800 ft so it will be different than here, 4600 ft. I would assume the growing season is shorter but I will keep you posted.

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