Garden Puttering

I always assumed old men puttered about in the garden. I found myself picking up the habit today. I decided on a fall garden bed at least of some radishes and spinach. We'll see how they do as they're two of the crops I've never really had any luck with. I planted some parsnips as … Continue reading Garden Puttering

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Catching Strawberry Runners

We decided to propagate our strawberries for a greater harvest next year. But, we aren't really sure if we like them where they currently are. While they successfully bloomed and fruited in their current locale, we know a place in full sun would be more beneficial to them. So that means we have 2 options. … Continue reading Catching Strawberry Runners

Shaggy Maple Herbal Teas

We've got peppermint tea ready for sale in our Etsy shop! More to come as the season progresses. We've been hard at work harvesting, drying, and packaging. I'm a firm believer in quality over quantity and if you're going to do something, do it the best way or not at all. So everything we do … Continue reading Shaggy Maple Herbal Teas

Independence Day 2018

July 4th week is one that is really pensive. Between my husband and I, we have had family serve in the military for generations. So I'm always very humbled by the sacrifice of our United States military and armed forces. This year, I'm especially thankful for the freedoms I have in this nation; freedom of … Continue reading Independence Day 2018

Homesteading is Hard!

One of the things that makes our homestead unique is the fact that we don't use conventional growing methods. Everything up to this point has been done by hand. Why? First, we aren't independently wealthy and my husband works a "day job". We would love to turn this place into a full-time business, but realistically, … Continue reading Homesteading is Hard!

What’s in the Garden?

I thought I'd take you through what we have going on in the gardens this year. At this point, we have 5 distinct areas which we are cultivating: Terrace Back to Eden Garden Hugulkultur swale/fruit trees The Berry hedgerow The Orchard Market Garden terraces half-finished seems to be our trademark... We're working on improving that … Continue reading What’s in the Garden?

Preparation for Fall Market: herbs and seeds

We're currently engaging in all of the bureaucracy involved in selling at our local farmer's market. There are a lot of permits to acquire for live plant sales and seed sales. That said, the more fun part of the job is happening now: harvest! I was out early this morning harvesting mint, parsley, sage, and … Continue reading Preparation for Fall Market: herbs and seeds

Fall Garden

Yep, I'm already working on my fall garden. Our spring planted veggies are still not fully ready for harvest! But such is life if you want to stay on top of things. So that involved screening composted soil from the chicken run. I tell you what, this is year 2, and that stuff is amazing! … Continue reading Fall Garden

Fruit Tree Cuttings Experiment

I had some suckers growing on my peach and cherry trees. Naturally, I thought, "hmm... I wonder..."So I cut off the suckers and decided to see if I could root the cuttings.I frequently do a lot of things intuitively in the garden; whenever I see something that just doesn't look right or seems...off... And although … Continue reading Fruit Tree Cuttings Experiment