The Not-so-perfect Storm

We're in the Smokey Mountain region of this great nation and we were promised some brutal storms. Well, we ended up just getting a ton of rain. Which on one hand is great, because of the drought conditions this past summer/fall. On the other hand, we had quite a bit of water damage to our … Continue reading The Not-so-perfect Storm

Homestead Update: Chicks, Beds, and Veggies

Lots going on here lately! 7 of our 9 baby chicks come tomorrow, the other two will be here Friday. The brooder is set up, but we're debating using a bigger box.  We'll see once they get here. Finally got the temp to settle at about 95°F under the heat lamp, until about 3:00pm when … Continue reading Homestead Update: Chicks, Beds, and Veggies

Outside Day

My son heard the words, "work outside" and he decided he was ready to go. On the docket for today is swale digging! I marked out the land contour last weekend so this weekend my husband is taking the opportunity to begin digging. I have to admit, when I put time and effort into researching … Continue reading Outside Day

Terracing the Garden Area

We've finally gotten enough rain to tell us where we shouldn't put our garden... The problem being, we've already put our garden there... The garden sits in the spot that receives the most uninterrupted sunlight. It just so happens it's at the base of a hill where we've experienced a good deal of water run … Continue reading Terracing the Garden Area

Still Back to Eden Gardening!!

It's December and I'm still puttering in the garden... Ugh.  I finally sat down last week and did the math for the space per veggie we need. Since this spring will be mostly a trial year, we're only growing the basics (tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, peas, beans, radishes, squash/zucchini, carrots, cruciferous veggies, sunchokes) and then judging … Continue reading Still Back to Eden Gardening!!

Back to Eden Garden Preparation

I'm a huge proponent of Back to Eden Gardening. 1) It works 2) I don't own a tiller, so amending the soil without tilling is a time and money saver 3) It is low maintenance, long term 4) It's higher yield than your typical row gardening, and higher nutrition in your produce 5) It doesn't … Continue reading Back to Eden Garden Preparation