What homesteader doesn’t want an orchard? Fresh fruits and nuts ready for the taking all summer and fall? Homegrown produce to fill your pantry and cold cellar? Yes please! But starting one can be quite intimidating unless you know what to consider before making the investment. Here are some tips to help you decide what […]
Finding food-producing plants that are also useful in other ways is a great joy of mine. Many culinary herbs, for example, are not only delicious and nutritious, but they may also attract beneficial insects or deter pests. These four shrubs will not only provide berries for you, but also produce nitrogen to fertilize the garden.
Raspberries can provide delicious sweet tart fruit for fresh eating, cooking and preserves such as jams and jelly. I can only speak for myself, but homemade raspberry jelly is my favorite. It tastes nothing like the product you buy in the store – the raspberry flavor is much stronger. In this post I’ll share what […]
We live in NC zone 7b, so the best time to plant fruit trees is actually the fall/beginning of winter here. This gives the roots a chance to get in deep before the heat and dryness of summer comes. Further up north, you have to do the opposite and plant in the spring. So at […]
Trees are an investment in time and money. How you water a tree whether a landscape or fruit tree will determine its health and life span and it productivity if it is a fruit tree. How often should I water trees? How do I know if my trees are getting enough water? When do I […]
When you look out your window at the snow-covered winter horizon, feelings of melancholy or perhaps even depression may wash over you. Winter ‘tis the season for a disorder known by the acronym SAD. Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) afflicts a multitude of people during the bleak, gray months of winter and planting some evergreens with […]