We planted three apple trees this past spring, and while they appear to be doing great, they also seem to have “inherited” the fungus that all of the maple trees have. I haven’t done any testing to determine what it is specifically. I just know it’s fungal and it looks like yuck. My hunch is that it’s a rust disease but I don’t know if rust diseases are common for maples, and they look the same. But I digress… I don’t believe it will kill the trees, but since the apple trees are still new, it may be a little harder for them to adapt. Continue reading
Planting a fall garden is a great way to extend your growing season. Enjoy fresh vegetables when most people are stuck with canned or cardboard-tasting grocery store versions. And you’ll be proud to serve fresh vegetables at your holiday celebrations.
As fall approaches you are likely doing a variety of garden chores from cleaning up spent plants to planning your fall vegetable garden. Don’t forget to re-plant some of your favorite herbs for an extra harvest before the snow flies. Continue reading
Organic gardening is becoming a popular movement even though it was common-place to our ancestors. Of course, our ancestors didn’t call it organic gardening; they called it feeding their family. With the advent of synthetic chemical pesticides, farmers and gardeners thought their worries were over as they doused their crops with toxic chemicals that not only killed all the insects, but as was later discovered, also contributed to a variety of health issues. Continue reading
I used to really hate garden gnomes. I did an article a few years back about whimsical garden decorations. Of course, that included garden gnomes. And they were pretty bad. I couldn’t figure out why people liked them. Continue reading
I am so overdue on writing this post. I have been feeling pretty cruddy the last couple of weeks so I am behind on stuff. But, today is the day! This book rocks and I need to tell y’all about it.
So I met Celeste via email when I was setting up interviews on an article I was doing for a client. It took me a while to realize she was the same Celeste Longacre that writes for The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Duh! Just so happens I made the connection the same day her book arrived in the mail. Continue reading
The garden has been struggling this year, as have I (hence, my lack of posts lately). The tomatoes got early blight thanks to the wet, cool June that we had. So much for canning sauce this year. The peppers don’t look great either, but not as bad as the tomatoes. Continue reading
I am so frustrated today I almost want to cry. I won’t, but I am thinking about it. Such a waste.
So I guess today is Earth Day. I don’t mean that to sound like I am making light of it; it just isn’t something I pay a lot of attention to.
When you are a homesteader, taking care of the earth and environment is always in the back of your your mind. Everything you do can have benefits or consequences, all year round. Continue reading
Lots of people like the idea of growing their own food but get quickly overwhelmed at the thought of a garden that will grow everything they want to eat. The key is to start small so you don’t get overwhelmed. Some of these simple gardening ideas may be just what you need to get started. Continue reading