Category Archives: Gardening

Keep your bills up!

I am beginning to find more and more reasons to prefer ducks to chickens as a egg-producing animal on a small holding, especially if gardening is underway. I’ve already detailed how much simpler and cheaper duck housing is compared to … Continue reading

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Clay soil carrots

Carrots in most temperate climates are better sewn in late summer and harvested in fall or even winter rather than the typical springtime planting of most garden vegetables. This is because cold weather sweetens carrots while hot weather toughens them. … Continue reading

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The Drought Breaks

This year our drought came late, and was particularly acute in the final two weeks of September. We’ve had little rain since early September, so the ground was very dry. This was probably punishment for getting all excited after the … Continue reading

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Indian Summer

I am not at all sure how the phrase “Indian Summer” came into use, but what it describes is a basically summer that lingers well into Autumn or one that “re-appears” after a period of Autumn-like weather. The latter case … Continue reading

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What I Mean About Worthwhile Grains

For honest reasons, I suspect, many homesteader type folks like to grow grains. This desire dovetails with the “prepper” mindset as well. And I’ve struggled with it. But we must allow our rational side inform us here, at least partly. … Continue reading

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Pear Pickin’

Perhaps the only good idea the previous owners of our farm had was to plant five pear trees, which we think are Bartletts, the kind found at Tractor Supply/Homedepot for $20 each. Pears seem to me to be even hardier … Continue reading

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Orange Watermelon

The Orangeglow watermelon is excellent. It almost lives up to the seed catalog hype. Very good, sort of mango-ish flavor, and sweet, but not just a taste of sugar. Beautiful orange flesh, nice healthy rinds. Vines were very productive (yet … Continue reading

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