Today Tim and I went on a field trip to Goldsmith Seeds annual Pack Trials. What an amazing day! Goldsmith Seeds is a leader in creating the beautiful annuals you use in your garden each year. Their plant geneticists are always working to create more beautiful varieties, and this year they may have outdone themselves….


The Painted Lady may be the most widespread butterfly in the world. It also known as the thistle butterfly and the cosmopolitan (because it is so widespread, occurring in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa). This flying butterfly lives in temperate and some tropical areas. Quicksilver Farm is fortunate enough to lie in…


A few months ago we brought a breeding pair of Tennessee Fainting Goats to come live at Quicksilver Farm. Categorized as a threatened breed by the American Livestock Breed Conservancy, we wanted to do our part to continue this breed.  We hope to have kids available for sale next year.  Anyway, they hadn’t fainted.  Today…


The smell of lilac is a heady, sweet odor. I love the fragrance when it wafts off the bush in a soft spring breeze. Beyond the scent, the flower itself is fine and delicate. A few years ago my daughter, Ila, gave me a small bush for Mothers’ Day. We planted it and it is a…


Today was a great day. I planted the eight heirloom seedlings. Later I thinned the baby lettuce leafing out of the ground. Tim and I made a fine salad of the ones pulled. Nothing tastes better than lettuce right out of the ground. Well, as long as it’s well rinsed!


I am so excited: We’re off tomorrow to Love Apple Farm in Santa Cruz County to pick up heirloom tomato seedlings. What a fun day trip! I have gotten money from some friends to buy tomato varieties for them as well, so I will have a great time picking them out! We make our own…