As a gardener or hobby farmer, you probably don’t think of yourself as a scientist. Let me beg to differ! I bet that you’re more of scientist than you might think. Do you notice wild birds and insects in your garden? Have you taken note of when flowers start to bloom, or when the first […]
It’s completely normal to have issues in your growing space, and it can be hard to identify the problem even as an experienced gardener. Empower yourself with the knowledge to troubleshoot in the garden by going back to the basics of what plants need to survive.
I’ll be totally honest with you. My garden is lousy this year. I may be an Alaskan Master Gardener, but with no time to do anything in the garden, there just isn’t much happening with it this year. A good garden can so often be something that is completely out of your hands, so I’ve […]
Whether you just bought a new homestead (like us!) or are expanding an existing garden, at some point you’ll have to start a new garden from scratch. There it is – a big open lawn, or bare dirt spot, or area of your property you want to turn into a vegetable or herb garden. But […]
We write every month on the activities going on at HiBar Ranch here in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee to give our readers a sense of the seasonality of farm life. It is hard to believe it is the middle of August already. The thrill of fall is beginning to arrive. The pumpkins on […]
If you’re gardening, you should also be composting. Composting is a simple, easy and free way to add quality nutrients to your soil, and better soil means happier plants! But the thing I love most about composting, is that is takes what would normally be scraps that would end up in the trashcan and re-purposes them. […]