As I write this, there’s less than one week left of 2018! Can you even believe that? The year started out pretty rough for me, but it’s turned out to be one of the best years. And as I’ve been looking back, I found I really wanted to share some of my favorite things from 2018. My favorite products, books,… Keep Reading
Organic caterpillar control used to seem like a thing of fiction to me. Last year I couldn’t grow green beans to save my life! A nasty little creature called, the bean leaf roller caterpillar, totally decimated my green beans! I tried every natural method I could think of, but nothing was working.
If you’re a new gardener and want to plant some really easy vegetables in your first garden, stick around because this is for you!
Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a backyard homesteader looks like?? Well, I’m giving you a peek into one of our typical days last week!
When I first started gardening, I kinda just threw seeds in the ground and hoped for the best. Garden plan? What’s that? …and I got very sub-par results! What I didn’t really fully realize was how much garden planning impacted what my garden produced. So over the years I’ve gotten much better at garden planning, and I’ve gotten way better results!
I am giddy with excitement over this year’s garden! It’s been our best garden yet! The secret was soil testing. It’s all about that soil, man. This is our third spring garden since moving onto our tiny homestead, and just maybe we’re starting to turn our brown thumbs green 😉 The key, as always, is in the soil. And by doing some… Keep Reading
Squash, squash, everywhere … too much to eat! Are you growing squash this year? Squash and zucchini are well known for being prolific producers – some gardeners get so much of it that they are doorbell ditching and leaving baskets full of it at their neighbors doorsteps just to get rid of it! Now, my squash didn’t do thaaat well… Keep Reading
Tomatoes. Is there anything better than a fresh, homegrown, summer tomato? Probably not. As far as gardening goes, they are my personal holy grail. Last summer I didn’t get ANY tomatoes from our garden. Well, I got a few tiny green tomatoes….I made a salsa with them. But this year, I’m shooting for a much better tomato harvest. I planted… Keep Reading
Every spring we go strawberry picking at a local strawberry farm. It’s always a big highlight each year! The kids love it. Is there anything more quintessentially spring then strawberry picking?? Over the years we’ve done a lot of different things with all the strawberries we’ve picked, like making jam, freezer jam, fruit leather, and just eating them fresh! This… Keep Reading
Kids and gardening can be a challenge. But I still feel it’s important that they share in the wonder of gardening – even at 4 and 3 years old. Call me crazy, but I just do. I feel like if we can help nurture their curiosity and wonder, and help them gain the skills they need to garden now,… Keep Reading