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The Best Crop to Grow with your Toddler

Ground Cherries! Grow ground cherries to enjoy with your little ones! They are the perfect toddler food experience. Close to the ground and held in tiny paper packages, each one can be unwrapped by small hands to reveal the sweet, delicious gem of a fruit inside. Ground cherries* look just like mini-tomatillos on the plant and are yellow and slightly translucent when ripe. The fruit is roughly...

Lighter

We had a real sunrise today! Nothing particularly striking, but it gave me a happy twingle given the forecast had predicted a solid block of precipitation for the foreseeable future. Today the arrival of dawn brought muted pink and lavender. They replaced the usual monotonous expanse that seems only to vacillate between light gray and dark gray. And boy was it was a glorious morning--balmy and...

Four Great Books for the Little Gardener

Family favorites appropriate for the toddler on up! How Groundhog's Garden Grew by Lynne Cherry The Snail's Spell by Joanne RyderPlanting the Wild Garden by Kathryn Galbraith A Gardener's Alphabet by Mary Azarian Follow Groundhog's journey as he learns how to grow his own garden from seed to harvest. Enjoy Lynne Cherry's gorgeous and botanically accurate illustrations. Lynne Cherry also...

New Beginnings

Welcome to the first Ragtag River post! As we spend the seasons slowly ambling towards our dream family homestead, each year feels like we're getting just a little bit closer. We still have a long ways to go, but over the past seven years we've gone from a few city chickens and a couple scraggly tomato plants to two little ones, a country acre with meat rabbits, a dozen chickens, and a large...