In the last quarter, my gardens have blossomed into something I again find significant pride in. My root baskets are full of turnips, beets, onions, and garlic. I’ve harvested yarrow and rosemary, lavender, basil, and more. And for the summer, I’ve introduced okra, edamame, peppers, and a few other herbs as well.Read More
Aside from the snowstorm in December and the polar vortex plummeting temperatures for a few days, this winter was mostly mild. My greenhouses weren’t able to sustain plant life over the off-season, but I’d like to try planting earlier in the Autumn next time around.
I was however able to grow some collards beginning in February, and I started most of this Spring’s vegetable garden from seeds in February too. Aside from the collards, everything else has been very slow to take-off. I definitely think I started planting rather early this season, (which is fine because it’s making everything grow hardy), but in the future, I may want to either start seeds inside or wait longer. Inside, I was able to do some Lions Mane mushrooms, and would like to continue exploring growing them as well.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
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