Planning ahead is critical for every garden project. And when you’re just getting started, it’s easy to get tripped up on knowing when to actually start planting. Can you really start in February? Are the little charts on the backs of some seed packets really accurate? These questions and others like them present a challenge for newbie gardeners. In this post I’ve highlighted four key resources to help you out. Together they form the strategy I personally use for my garden plans.Read More
With the recent winter solstice, I wanted to do a quick check-in about the projects happening here at my home microstead.
While at autumn equinox I had planned to do a cover crop for green manure this winter, I wound up planting a quick experiment to see how much the growing season here can be extended. Unfortunately, rather than the mild, sunny days of winters past, we were treated to a cloudy and wet autumn that has significantly stunted—if not entirely halted—the growth of my experiment.Read More
Woodwork is a hobby of mine I’m still just beginning to explore. But the other week, while working on some renovations to my laundry room, I realized I had some decent wood leftover from the shelves I took off the walls. Since they weren’t going back in as shelves, I decided to re-purpose some of the wood into a small bench.Read More
As colder weather approaches, I’m experimenting with growing a few vegetables in my beds over winter. My original plan was to just use comfrey as a cover crop, but I’ve decided I’d rather try and collect some data on the full growing season in this area, given that I think our climate patterns have adjusted slightly in recent years to more traditional wisdom about what and when to grow.
Depending on where you live, hooped greenhouses like these may either extend your growing season through part of the winter, or even allow you to grow year-round.Read More
Depending on where you are located, both onions and garlic that you can grow at home may be available at local heirloom seed libraries or farming supply stores. These garlic cloves came from a friend, and the red onions came from an heirloom seed supply in Thomasville. As it turns out, I wound up with way more onions to plant than containers to plant them in, so I’m going to try and keep the rest for later when more materials become available, or compost them if they rot in the mean time.Read More
With the recent Autumnal Equinox and Full Moon, I’ve taken some time to look back on the first quarter of work in my backyard and also ahead to what I hope to accomplish in the coming year.Read More