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Cold Frame Gardening

This year, we (err…my husband) built several new raised beds for our vegetable garden.  We use a combo of square foot gardening and biointensive methods, so raised beds work well for us (plus weeding in raised beds is so much easier).  Since we want them to last a LONG time, we chose to use hard wood.  … Continue reading

We Can’t Do it All

That’s right.  You’re not superman (or superwoman)…just face it.  You can’t do it all.  And neither can I.  Let’s keep it real here. Fall is here, school year routine has set in, the garden is mostly harvested, the chimney is cleaned and ready to fire up the wood stove (although we always hold out as … Continue reading

Storing Potatoes and Onions from the Garden

Once I discovered how easy it is to grow potatoes and onions I’ve been hooked.  Besides tomatoes, they’re among my favorite things to grow.  And unlike tomatoes, they are two of the easiest things to preserve for the winter! Once the foliage of the plant dries up, in order to store potatoes, you need to … Continue reading

Tomato Blight!

Yes, the picture says it all…we ended up with blight.  If there is only one thing I could grow and harvest from a garden, it would be a beautiful, delicious heirloom tomato.  Yet, we seem to always have something destroy our tomato crop.  And this year it hit us again.  It’s unforgiving too, that blight, … Continue reading

Preserving!

This time of year is one of the most rewarding for us gardeners!  Whether you’re homesteading, large-scale farming or tending a family garden in your backyard, there is nothing quite like the excitement of harvesting your own food.  And for those of us in the north with our short growing season, the summer is packed … Continue reading

Our 2013 Garden

Since my last post my husband went away for military duty (and is back thankfully!), my baby had an illness that put him in the ER and then ended up with pneumonia, and we put up peaches, blueberries, pickles, swiss chard and celery. BUT the garden continues to do well and give our family food … Continue reading

The Homesteading Balancing Act

Been quiet around here, eh?  I promise that I haven’t forgotten about blogging.  Let me tell you a little about the homesteader’s balancing act. Homesteaders typically lead very normal lives – they just add a whole bunch of chores to it!  Most homesteaders have the dream of working for themselves and producing what they need, … Continue reading

Plan for Storing Up in Season

In this part of the world, we can’t just grow anything any time we want.  There are seasons for everything we eat (and often times we can’t grow it here no matter the season!).  So how do you have strawberries on your pancakes in the middle of winter?  Or real blueberries for muffins?  Or tomatoes … Continue reading

Combat Weeds Organically

We gave up chemicals in the garden a few years ago, without much thinking about the challenges it would then bring!  Above all, weed control and fertilizing.  We found an easy solution to replace chemical fertilizers – composting (a post on that another time). Weed control, on the other hand, has been an uphill battle.  … Continue reading