Late Winter Pruning

We gave the orchard some love yesterday afternoon and pruned up the apple and chestnuts. The chestnuts I left for their first year in the ground untouched because I had been told they were rather finicky. But this year, I went ahead and cleaned them up some. I was going to get creative with their … Continue reading Late Winter Pruning

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Homestead Update

We have a whole lot of nothing going on today. By that I mean lots of little mundane things, but nothing truly noteworthy. Our temps are set to warm up pretty quickly so I'll be getting out to prune the apple and nut trees today. Last weekend we made some biochar which I will be … Continue reading Homestead Update

Quince Bush Maintenance

We have these crazy beautiful bushes that I initially found to be crazy ugly. The problem with flowering plants is that if they aren't tended at least semi-regularly, they get a bit out of hand. That's what happened to these quince bushes. When we first moved in, they were scraggly overgrown shrubbery that I intended … Continue reading Quince Bush Maintenance

Gardening Lies You’ve Been Told

I recently pruned my cherry and peach trees. Yep, I did a soft pruning in October. One of the biggest lies is that you can only prune your trees in dormancy. That's like saying you can only trim your fingernails while you sleep. Here's the thing about pruning- if you had a broken bone, you … Continue reading Gardening Lies You’ve Been Told

Work Day on the Homestead: Part 2

Well, we called the insurance company, got a claim started for the damage to the basement bathroom/living area. Called a plumber (and left a message) to take a peek at what might be causing the overflow, and the clean-up company came out to take pictures and measurements of the affected areas. The bad news is, … Continue reading Work Day on the Homestead: Part 2