Garden

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(…)

Making and Using Garden Tripods

Over the winter, I took a few classes on low-cost, low-impact gardening. One innovation that caught my eye was the garden tripod. Very versatile in its use, it’s easy to make from inexpensive or recycled wood, and is very portable. So I made my own, but with a slight variation. The version I saw last(…)

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(…)

Beekeeping: Year One Lessons & Plans

Last spring I jumped into beekeeping. It wasn’t thoroughly thought out, but I have a friend who has kept bees for nearly 50 years and he assured me it was pretty trouble free. I thought it would be a good thing to help reintroduce bees, and that bees could help pollinate my growing selection of(…)

Making a Soil Block Tray

To start all of the seedlings I need for my garden and the Farmer’s Market I need a dozen seed trays, but I don’t like the price of trays in the catalogs, I don’t want to use plastic, and I don’t want either water tight trays that can flood seedlings or the open mesh trays(…)