We’ve been in this house for about a year and a half now. In the first year, we installed raised beds for vegetable gardening, built a compost bin and planted fruit and nut trees. The next major outdoor project on the docket is water conservation. We’d like to get a couple of rain barrels installed… Continue reading Choosing a Rain Barrel
After a relatively mild winter, the bugs are out in full force. Now bugs are par for the course when gardening, but being eaten alive my mosquitoes and no-see-ums while trying to enjoy being outside is no fun. With mosquitoes being carriers for diseases such as West Nile Virus and Zika, it can also be… Continue reading All Natural Bug Spray
I realized too late that I forgot to write anything and publish posts on both Thursday and Saturday of last week. But so it goes in the springtime – scurrying from one homestead task to another and never enough time to sit still. We finally got the veg plants into the raised beds, so that’s done. As… Continue reading Chores & More Chores
I saw the craziest thing on the internet the other day – someone decided to grow rose bushes from a bouquet. Yep – never would’ve thought of that in a million years! I found it on a site called Whatcha Doin’ Mom?! Really, it’s kind of a genius idea, so I figured I’d give it… Continue reading DIY Rose Bushes
Just a short post this weekend, because spring is a busy time of the year! I got out for a few hours this morning on the hunt for morels, and while I came up empty handed on them, I did still find a few scores – Got a nice collection of pheasant back mushrooms and… Continue reading Foraged & Found
When you’re first setting up your homestead – even if that’s just gardening on a tiny patio big enough for a couple of big pots – one of the first considerations you need to have is for deciduous fruit and nut trees. Depending on how large you grow them, they can take anywhere from three… Continue reading The DIY Mini Orchard
Sickness has descended like a plague on our house. All last week I had the worst cold and sinus infection ever, and I’m still not back to well. I’m fairly certain that it’s settled comfortably into my chest as a bought of bronchitis, which I’ve had enough times this winter alone to feel confident self-diagnosing.… Continue reading A Garden Update & The First Farmer’s Market!