The last couple of weeks one of my lovely stepsisters has been kind enough to share some of the produce from her garden with me. Yesterday I received some freshly cut microgreens and a fairly large container with microgreens that were still planted. She gave me a quick run down on how to harvest them, … Continue reading A Quick Run Down on Microgreens
It's no secret that social media has skewed our perception of reality. In fact, people talk about it all the time. However, largely what I see commentary on is photoshop and flat-out lying (you may see these as one in the same). Perhaps you've come across those pictures that show someone seemingly on a hike … Continue reading The Fantasy of Social Media (An Opinion Piece)
Fermentation is a process in which bacteria and yeast convert carbohydrates into alcohols. This not only acts as a method of preservation, but also promotes the growth of probiotics (healthy bacteria). Basically by fermenting your food you're making it healthier, making it last longer, and giving it a zesty, tart flavor. Some examples of fermented … Continue reading Fermented Foods: the What, the How, and the Why
When I fantasize about the lavish garden I hope to have some day, I picture different scenarios, but there are a few things that remain constant. There's always a fence around the backyard (to keep my dogs in and the deer out), there's always busy little bees and butterflies, and I also picture birds. While … Continue reading Are Birds Friend or Foe for your Garden?
I've planted four trees this summer (two apple, two pear), but one of these stands out for all the wrong reasons. While the others had blossoms earlier in the season and currently have leaves (two of them even have some fruit), one of them is completely barren. Now I bought all of these trees from … Continue reading Is your Tree Dead or Dormant?
I think the average person knows bees pollinate plants and can deduce from this that they're good for a garden. However, I know for myself that I wasn't aware of just how important they are. In fact, they're quite vital. There are other insects that pollinate, such as butterflies, but bees appear to be by … Continue reading The Importance of Bees for your Garden
We had a garden when I was growing up, but I didn't have much interest in it besides playing between the beds and prematurely pulling out the occasional carrot. Sometimes I'd pull out flowers from the trees and plants and decorate the lattice fencing that surrounded the garden. (That didn't go over well - Sorry … Continue reading Maybe Consider Starting a Garden
Disclaimer: This is literally my first time ever planting trees! However, I did have guidance from my father who has planted many trees in his day. What we're planting: 1 Snowsweet Apple Tree1 Haralson Apple Tree1 Summercrisp Pear Tree1 Luscious Pear Tree Other supplies needed: Post Hole Digger (preferably)Shovel (if you don't have a post … Continue reading A Beginner Planting Trees
I've been guilty of walking through the gardening department of some store and becoming enamored with a beautiful plant. I've bought them on a whim without doing any research and then felt confused and helpless when something goes wrong. Sometimes the plants will come with some helpful tidbits attached, but even when that is the … Continue reading What to Know Before you Become a Plant Parent
For someone new to the world of homesteading, there's the looming question of where on earth do you start? Now, to clarify, I don't have unlimited funds and I'm willing to bet you don't either. Starting from scratch means there's a lot to do and a lot to pay for. Part of the allure of … Continue reading Where I’m Starting: Planting Fruit Trees