Family

Kids Gardening

My homestead is also the homestead of my two small children.  I think it is extremely important that they both learn gardening along with many other skills as young as possible.  I am having to learn all about permaculture and homesteading as I go which makes it harder to learn. …

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Seed Saving: Amish Snap Peas

The easiest kinds of plants to learn to save seeds for is peas and beans.  If you already save dried peas or beans, do exactly the same thing but save the beans or peas to be used as seeds.  If you are unfamiliar with this process, it is very easy. …

Gardening

Hugelkultur Mounds

The perfect way to fertilize a tree or bush is a hugelkultur mound.  This will provide food for years with only a little effort  in the beginning.  It retains water so you don’t need to provide supplemental, just rain water should do.  It gets nice and warm so that if you …

Bugs

My Flower Garden

This is my flower garden.  I know there aren’t any flowers to speak of, but I am new at this flower gardening thing.  I never did feel the need to plant flowers.  What do I get out of flowers.  I  would much rather grow yummy fruits and vegetables.  But this …

Food Forest

The Pea Shrub

Here is some info I found about my new pea shrub: Caragana arborescens, also known as the pea shrub, is a large nitrogen fixing shrub.  The pea shrub is originally from siberia and so tolerates cold winters well.  It handles conditions such as drought and poor soil quite well and …

Food Forest

The Arrival of the Perennials

The shipment I have been waiting for since December finally arrived today!  This is what  will become my very first perennial garden.  I have ended up with a total of 10 plants to trial this year and see what works well and what doesn’t.  What tastes good and what doesn’t. …

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Planting the Lasagna Garden

Just as the rain was starting today, I finished most of my planting.  Perfect timing for me to not need to go out and water everyday!  I am not good at remembering to water new seeds.  This is a big part of the reason I chose to try the lasagna …

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No Dig Potatoes

I have been growing potatoes for a few years now.  Digging trenches every year is rather tiring so I had taken an interest in the “no dig” potato method.  All you had to do was to lay cardboard down on your beds and lay the seed potatoes out on top …

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Spring Seedlings

It looks like the critters didn’t do as much damage as I thought they had done. The seedlings are all coming up! Share This:

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Critters in the Hoop House

So this is what I found out in my hoop house when I went out to water my plants today.  Holes all over the place with the dirt piled up onto what would have been my seedlings.  Not too sure if they have any chance of still growing.  I tried to …