Category Archives: Gardening

Fermenting in Cold Houses

Our house is generally on the cool side, between 65 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit, in the fall through spring months. This can make fermenting projects such as kefir, [..]

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Yard Work 101: Wheelbarrows

Today, I tackled a project which direly needed doing: Getting the area around the raised beds by the house mulched. While my back ran out of juice before [..]

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A Rhubarb Bed in 2 Hours

Somewhere, in front of this fence, lurking behind all that grass and weeds, are two Victoria rhubarb plants. Can you make them out? Due to terrible initial planning [..]

Gardening, Planning, Planting

First Seeds In the Ground

In the garden, my largest battle every year is without a question weeds. They rule everything, relentlessly. The first year I tried to garden, I didn’t really know [..]

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It’s Seed-Starting Time, Part 1

Spring has arrived really, really early¬†here in central Michigan. Temperatures have consistently been in the 60’s and 70’s for a couple of weeks, which is just… crazy. Typically, [..]

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The Mostly-Organic Compost Pile

When I began this homestead-oriented journey back in 2009, one of the first things I did was to start a compost pile… of sorts. The previous owners of [..]

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A Well-Intentioned Lie

So, hi. I know it’s been since spring that I wrote anything here, and for that I apologize. A few of you have left emails and comments asking [..]

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Quite Possibly the Most Productive 1/10 Acre – EVER.

Dear Food-Conscious People – My friend Aaron posted this link to Facebook last night, and it blew me the heck away. Seriously. Before I present the video, a [..]

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A Pendulum, C’est Moi

Finding The Happy Medium for me has never been an easy thing. Last year, there was much unused space in the garden, because I planted everything Terribly Close [..]

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From Winter to Summer in One Week Flat

Those of you who live in places that typically have four seasons might remember, perhaps with fondness, how “spring” used to be a proper season. It often came [..]

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