Category: Gardening
How to Make Cold Compost for Your Garden

How to Make Cold Compost for Your Garden

Alongside your gardening supplies, making compost for your garden will make sure that you have everything you need for healthy crops. For a good compost, you’ll need a mixture of 50/50 materials rich in nitrogen and carbon. You can find nitrogen in grass clipping, for example, and carbon in woody stems, for example. ...

March 2018 Garden Tour

March 2018 Garden Tour

In early March, we got a great start with digging in some bare root trees and berry bushes. They're showing life, and we couldn't be more thrilled since this is our first time working with bare root plants! Everyone is leafing out and starting to get green where they were only brown. I've transplanted our wee ...

Wakey Wakey, Eggs and Bakey!

Wakey Wakey, Eggs and Bakey!

Last night, Eric called me to rise from the couch and heating pad where I had nested to come outside. It was hard, but I went forth and out to the back porch, where a chorus of peeping frogs sang their joyous rhythm! It's the first time we've heard them this year, and it made my heart leap in my chest! Peeking between ...

Nettles – a feast on the forest floor

Nettles – a feast on the forest floor

Stinging nettles have a bad reputation. This weed is common around the world, throughout Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and western North America, and because of its many uses, has been introduced elsewhere. Nettles are food, fiber, and medicine, and they have been used that way for centuries! Foraging and ...

Care for the wild birds in winter: tips, tricks, and DIY recipes

Care for the wild birds in winter: tips, tricks, and DIY recipes

Birds are awesome wild creatures to have around.  I've been working hard to encourage a healthy habitat for birds in our yard because they sing delightful songs, they eat mosquitoes and other nasty bugs, and they leave a trail of seeds and plants wherever they go! Caring for our feathery friends is important, ...

Tips to Prepare Your Outdoor Plants for Winter

Tips to Prepare Your Outdoor Plants for Winter

November is behind us, and it’s time to start thinking about winter — and more specifically, how to keep your plants alive during the cold winter months. What can you do to help prepare your outdoor plants for winter? Is there anything you can do if the temperatures have already started to drop? Vegetable Gardens We ...

Orlando lawns into suburban gardens!

Orlando lawns into suburban gardens!

From NPR: Florida is sometimes known for the nicely groomed lawns of homeowners who enjoy their green carpets of grass. Chris Castro is changing that by working on a project that's turning his neighbors' lawns into working gardens full of delicious produce. Chris Castro has an obsession — turning the perfectly ...

Raised Beds and Making Do in the Garden

Raised Beds and Making Do in the Garden

Eric and I have been working on our rental property. We have been hemming and hawing and searching for a property to purchase for years now. We haven't found the right spot, and so we're still renting our current home. We haven't found our ideal homestead, and we're tired of waiting. We like living here pretty well, ...

Join the United Plant Savers!

Join the United Plant Savers!

I finally joined the United Plant Savers, although I've been fans of their efforts for years now. "The pressures on American and Canadian native, wild medicinal plant populations are heavier than they have ever been before. Your membership with United Plant Savers strengthens the voice of concern for ...

Bees: More Than Honey

Bees: More Than Honey

What's the buzz? When you are planning your garden for the upcoming spring season, don't forget to make a place for the pollinators! Everyone's aware of the plight of the bees, and that's wonderful! People need to be concerned, because bees are much more important than just making the sweet stuff that we know and ...

DIY Holiday Decor for the Garden

DIY Holiday Decor for the Garden

Sometimes I have the hardest time getting ready for the HollyDaze. Lately, it has been unseasonably warm, up to 70 degrees! It felt wrong to haul out the boxes of holiday decor and hang up icicle ornaments. My bulbs are coming up, my saffron is blooming, and the birds are terribly confused. What kind of a December is ...

Container Gardening: Winter Edition

Container Gardening: Winter Edition

Aloe & Kalanchoe love my sunny afternoon window. Why do I enjoy Container Gardening? We are fans of container gardening around the Pixie's Pocket homestead. Saffron, lettuces, herbs, tomatoes - they all live nestled into pots, tins, and buckets. They clutter up the porch and fill my windowsills in all seasons ...

Dandelion Recipes (and infographic!)

Dandelion Recipes (and infographic!)

Dandelions. Dandelions are amazing! My longtime readers know that I often wax poetic about this despised "weed" - I sing songs to plants I find in my yard, stick flowers in my hair, and end up with yellow fingertips all spring long from preparing flowers for all sorts of dandelion recipes. I've made quite a ...

Growing Potatoes in Containers: The Harvest

Growing Potatoes in Containers: The Harvest

I think I should probably take this class on Craftsy before I try again... On our last episode... Alright! Remember way back in May when I decided to try to grow potatoes? If you don't, visit "Growing Potatoes in Containers: The Experiment" first to see how this container gardening experiment began (known ...

Growing Potatoes in Containers: An Experiment

Growing Potatoes in Containers: An Experiment

I recall my grandfather growing potatoes in the garden when I was a kid.  He was recently retired and happily industrious in the backyard of their suburban home. Granddad grew a nice little garden of tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and other basic veggies that I wasn't allowed to fuss with since I was a clumsy ...

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