Putting the Garden to Bed (compost, adding new beds, bulbs, and there’s no place like home)

Gardening need not be expensive nor incredibly difficult.  By necessity I have come up with ways to make widespread, prolific gardens quickly and easy on the homestead pocket. The first thing that is imperative to a great garden is compost.  Compost is one of those things that still baffles folks a little.  You do not … More Putting the Garden to Bed (compost, adding new beds, bulbs, and there’s no place like home)

The End of Summer

The end of summer. ‘Twas yesterday eve that I felt the shift.  The night temperatures would fall much too cold for summer crops.  I gathered my long shawl- orange and reds to match the changing leaves- across my hair and over my shoulders to keep the encroaching dusk chill away and gathered my baskets. Out … More The End of Summer

Improving My Quick Garden Bed Method and Marvelous Summer

There were pros and cons to my quick raised beds but overall they are a success.  I had first put down a layer of cardboard, surrounded it with logs, then put in thick slabs of straw, then compost, then organic gardening soil.  The whole thing cost about twelve bucks. At the beginning I quickly realized … More Improving My Quick Garden Bed Method and Marvelous Summer

How to Plant, Grow, Harvest, and Store Garlic (plus how make garlic oil)

Garlic is among the easiest of all plants to grow.  The homesteader can simply top a bed with compost that has been recently harvested of its crops in October and plant a few heads of garlic. Any garlic will do (organic always preferable).  One does not need to pay exorbitant prices for “planting garlic.”  Choose … More How to Plant, Grow, Harvest, and Store Garlic (plus how make garlic oil)