In four weeks from today we will be moving towards the mountains to our new homestead. Oh, it doesn’t look much like a homestead. It looks like a suburban style house from the 90’s on an unused acre of land with a workshop that is about to become a chicken coop. Our neighbors near, our … More Life Lessons From the Garden
Growing food is going to top our list of homesteading activities. There is nothing quite like walking outside to the gardens with a basket in hand, clipping this and that for supper. Seeing the plethora of tomatoes hanging heavy from the vine or crisp salad greens in various colors. Here are a couple of things … More So You Want to Be a Homesteader- Day 1- Gardening
An epiphany. How many times do we hear things, read things, learn things before we finally GET IT? “I’m so glad I’m not an addict,” I say to my husband, laughing, “I have zero self control!” We were out again. Out to eat even though we had food at home, we didn’t have the money … More An Epiphany for Change (is there any real food out there anymore?)
May 21st, 2019- SNOW. I wouldn’t say that it is out of the question for Colorado to get snow this late but I personally have never witnessed snow past the 14th or so. Really, everywhere along the front range, folks have probably already put in their summer crops. Here in Pueblo, I would have put … More The Little City Greenhouse
That was probably the most common question asked in my grandparent’s home. Where did the time go? They would be telling a story about a friend who used to live there, or the neighbor and her daughter, or look at how tall we had gotten and shake their heads and utter the question. This continued on through … More Where Did the Time Go?
I have spoken at many events over the years, from small gatherings, for the Master Gardener’s Program, to large sustainability and gardening shows. I take the fear out of gardening. Dispel the idea that you need a backhoe to clear an appropriate plot. That you need a yard at all! These are questions and answers … More Planting Basics Q&A
We started our farm when the girls were young teenagers. They spent hours in the chicken coop with the new chicks, cooing to and naming them. Tempers would flare and they would take their own time out among the soft chirping and fresh straw. My youngest daughter and I (along with dad and Reed) have … More Farm Heroes and the New Chicken Yard, Greenhouse, and Shed.
I would love to say that I am super handy or a DIY kind of farmgirl. But, I am not. I can think of all sorts of clever alternatives though that don’t require more than a screwdriver! I am in love with this arbor idea. I have been for years. I find it so enchanting! So, I priced … More Tunnel of Arbors (and how I made ours)
It was over sixty degrees for a pocket of time yesterday without its normal accompanying arctic wind to ruin all of the fun. I sat in a lawn chair, my face to the sun intermittently reading and sipping a glass of wine until my face felt warm from those glorious rays. “There are no robins,” … More The First Warm Day in the Garden (onions, garlic, rhubarb, and the elusive robin)
Over the years I have written about many ways to start seeds and they all have one thing in common, a simulated greenhouse. Now, every year I think I will have a real greenhouse. Surely by the time I need to start seeds I will have one built or put together or otherwise exist, but … More Starting Seeds in Salad Containers