How to Make Your Friends a Garden Seed Envelope Gift

Craft this fun DIY garden seed envelope gift as a simple housewarming or Mother's Day gift! This is a fun and easy activity to get the kids involved in....more
Thanks for the tip on how to make the envelope - so easy!  My kids love to make cards. This is a ...more

Chickens & Turkeys Oh My!

Chickens & Turkeys Oh My!No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.  ~L. Frank Baum...more

The "someday" project

Everybody has dreams, cherished desires of their heart, the "one day I'll..." projects. Often life gets in the way and worries and responsibilities take ownership of pieces of your life like squirrels store nuts for winter, forgetting where they hid more than half the stash....more

The color and texture of spring

 Although I'm feeling trepidation at another painful drought year, I'm relishing the color and texture of early spring in Sacramento....more

Planning The Garden for this Summer

Escaping Winter Without Leaving the House

It isn't even the end of January but already I have spring fever. (Truth be told, my Christmas tree is still up and lit, although I have gotten the ornaments packed away.) But holiday remnants aside, I'm seeking to escape winter and I've found just the cure for cold-weather blues: internet plant catalogs. ...more

10 Easy Steps to Creating an Indoor Herb Garden

Just because the snow is falling and the temperatures are freezing doesn't mean you have to wait until spring to get your hands in some potting soil. Planting an herb garden is a fun cold-day activity: In a few simple steps, you can create a fragrant collection of herbs to use in recipes. If you have kids, definitely get them involved—they'll enjoy watching their plants grow from little seeds to thriving plants....more
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Seasons On The Homestead

*This post is Day One of the January Nablopomo 30-day blogging challenge hosted by BlogHer.Living on our little homestead for seven months now has taught me a few things about seasons.Among the lessons:Summer is hot....more

How Potatoes Grow

Potatoes are one unique vegetable. The only way to know what’s going on under the soil is to look above the soil. They start off like any other vegetable, in regards to starting the seed indoors, and sowing them according to the last spring frost date....more

What is a Cold Frame?

Never heard of a cold frame? Well today’s the day to learn something new about growing food. For the proper definition of a cold frame, here goes: A cold frame is a box, with no bottom, and a translucent top. It is put on top of plants outdoors to keep reflect the sun and keep them warm – extending the growing season into the colder months.As for the not-so-proper definition: cold frames are awesome! They pretty much mean you can grow food during the cool months that take over our year, here in South Eastern Ontario....more
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