agriculture

Time Constraints Force a Reevaluation of My Priorities and Methods

Farming has taken on a new seriousness for me, so I have violated my initial principle of doing everything on the cheap. This last summer, for example, I bought a 17′ x 28′ greenhouse. I did get it used, of course, for about 1/3 its new price, and at a third less than the seller(…)

Taking Stock, 2012

This blog has been neglected – there’s just no getting around it! As I posted last December, Hurricane Irene put a hurt on Vermont. I was immediately involved in local recovery efforts, and then became part of a FEMA-funded recovery program that lasted until late October, 2012. In addition, my mother-in-law – who lived with(…)

Constructing a Beehive

Original post: 5.26.11. Updated: 2.26.13 Beehives can be made of wood or styrofoam. I’ve argued elsewhere that styrofoam hives are my choice because they have several advantages: they are warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, and are not prone to mold (as wooden frames are). Strictly speaking, foam hives don’t need to(…)

Potting On & An Adjustment to the Wooden Tray Length

Potting On Potting On, or transplanting seedlings from smaller pots to larger pots, is a tad different when working with soil blocks. In traditional transplanting, seedlings have to be gently removed from smaller pots, and replanted in larger pots. It involves a fair amount of handling of the plant, and requires assuring enough soil is(…)

Learning to Use a Stirrup Hoe

I’ve gotten it into my head that I’d like to work my garden entirely without the use of power tools, this year. Now that I can get into the garden (the final snow melted away on April 24), I’m attending to the weeds and grasses. This is just my third year gardening, and last year(…)

Clearing the Ground: Proof That I’m a Flatlander Lost in the Hills

I laid out my first real garden in 2009. (That’s it in the masthead; partially planted.) I’d made a few feeble attempts in the previous 20 years, but never had the time or composure to take agriculture seriously. Semi-retiring to Vermont re-awakened a dormant urge. But 2009 was the year of heavy rains, and that(…)