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Self-Reliance Challenge – Week Two & Update

Self-Reliance Challenge – Week Two & Update

Self-Reliance Challenge Well. It was a success. The Self-Reliance Challenge nudged me to get my challenges done. First up was laundry. Laundry doesn’t change much around here. I mean…it’s laundry. It was time to get the clothes line up now that the snow is gone. I seldom use the dryer. It’s 28 (!!!) years old and still going strong. Things that aren’t used all that much tend to last. In winter I dry laundry on wooden racks by the wood…

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Hands Seeds Soil – High Tunnel, Late February

Hands Seeds Soil – High Tunnel, Late February

Hands Seeds Soil. Add 48° (sorry, I know… it was February and 48°, it was glorious), sun, a slight breeze and water. Glorious. I cleaned out a few raised beds in the high tunnel; weeds that could grow in a Siberian winter, broccoli I hoped would recover, and carrots that survived the deep freeze when the door blew open. Spinach survived, and died (I thought) and bounced back and went dormant, and now it’s growing again. I did a bit…

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Garden Thoughts on a Frigid January Day

Garden Thoughts on a Frigid January Day

Garden Thoughts It’s January 7 and today’s high was 2°F. There isn’t a lot to do outside because of the loss of the high tunnel plants. It’s easy to sit down with lovely garden thoughts, a cup of coffee, paper, order form, and grand ideas of what the vegetable garden will be like this year. It is going to be different. We didn’t grow anything outside of the tunnel this year other than the perennials already planted. I’d planned to…

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Weekend Work – Late July on the Homestead

Weekend Work – Late July on the Homestead

Weekend Work Great weekend! Not that it was fun though we got a lot done. We’re sacrificing a lot of time this year for weekend work. The list of things that need to be done is long but we’re knocking items off at a steady rate. My favorite part of the work was harvesting garlic. So excited about the garlic! We set up two of the three bear baits on Saturday. Steve’s is the hardest. It’s a rough, uneven, bramble-filled,…

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July 28 2017 – In My Garden – Holy Corn

July 28 2017 – In My Garden – Holy Corn

July 28 2017 Holy cow corn! What a difference a week and fish make for the corn. I came home from New York to broom and sweet corns that are growing against the poly in the high tunnel. They’re loving the white perch offal from a fishing trip a few weeks ago the extra warmth in the high tunnel. Here’s what’s in my garden on July 28 2017. The sweet corn is tasseling. I have to pollinate it by hand…

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Weedy Walk of Shame – Weeds in the High Tunnel

Weedy Walk of Shame – Weeds in the High Tunnel

Weedy Walk of Shame This is embarrassing. I wouldn’t show you this mess until I had an “after” picture. This is what I call the Weedy Walk of Shame. Or “that effing mess in the high tunnel.” One is polite and the other how I really feel. We took the cover off the high tunnel last November to let the rain and snow was away the mineral buildup in the soil. Parts of the soil were parched because they hadn’t…

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Favorite Weeding Tool – Wire Weeder

Favorite Weeding Tool – Wire Weeder

Favorite Weeding Tool As I’ve mentioned a few times this year, I’m dealing with a lot of weeds. Having the cover off the tunnel meant water to formerly parched soil, and that meant weed seeds germinating. I couldn’t find my favorite weeding tool, the Wire Weeder, and I couldn’t imagine keeping up with the weeds without it so I ordered a new one. It’s worth every penny. This weeder allows me to weed under and around plants easily. It disrupts…

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July 14 2017 – In My Garden

July 14 2017 – In My Garden

 July 14 2017 – In My Garden I missed this last week! I was at camp, watching the loon chicks grow and writing. A lot of writing. And a lot of cleaning out, a spring cleaning that hasn’t been done at camp in quite some time. It’s now July 14 2017 and wow! The high tunnel beds went nuts while I was gone. I can’t believe how much everything grew. It’s doing a lot better in this new soil than…

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Peppers Love Coffee Grounds – Gardening Tip

Peppers Love Coffee Grounds – Gardening Tip

Peppers Love Coffee Grounds We are a no-food-in-the-trash household. Not even coffee grounds. I save coffee grounds year round to use in the garden. They’re a great soil amendment. Coffee grounds add organic matter to the soil and provide food for earthworms and the rest of the micro herd. Did you know that peppers love coffee grounds? For more tips on growing peppers, follow the link. Peppers like nitrogen and coffee grounds are full of it. You can mix the…

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