I’ve learned no matter how much I want to get out in the yard and do certain things like plant here in zone 6a, it’s better to wait. Cleaning up around the yard is still necessary along with starting seeds indoors and prepping garden beds for the new season. It’s just best not to get […]
Gardening can seem overwhelming when you consider all of the materials you need to get started. Seeds, fencing, soil, tools, and more can add up–even on a generous budget. So what’s a beginning gardener to do? Here are six ideas for getting started without breaking the bank.
A few years ago, our greenhouse burned to the ground. We kept the frame pieces and have been saving up to buy new materials ever since then. In true homesteader fashion, we welded the frame back together by hand, found some wonderful materials around the grounds to help us rebuild it, and were able to […]
Here in zone 6a New England, the growing season is so short. By the end of November, trees have shed their leaves and plants have gone into hibernation mode. When the ground starts to freeze and the days become shorter, us gardeners turn to houseplants and planning next year’s harvest. Although that can be very […]
Who doesn’t want a continuous supply of lettuce all season long for endless salads and burger toppings? If you want a continuous supply of lettuce, you can do one of two things. Your first option is to plant it regularly–like every two weeks, so there’s always a head or two growing. But that’s a lot […]
Learn how to build free raised beds using cord wood. Softwood logs are not suitable for using in indoor wood stoves due to creosote buildup issues. Unless you have an external boiler or a portable sawmill, one of the best uses for them is in raised beds. Cord wood raised beds are free to build […]