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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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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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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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Mother Nature Wastes No Time

This was the dreary sight that awaited me yesterday when I at last began to try to get things readied for spring. I went around and gathered up [..]

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Big Dreams, Medium-Sized Reality

A little over a week ago or so, when I was planting peas (late, yes,) Mike Neir came into the garden and sat with me awhile. “Is it [..]

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Raised Beds

That’s quite the expanse of garden. We’re so lucky to have it, but boy is it turning out to be a lot of work. I’d romanticized the “setup” [..]

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