gardening

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(…)

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(…)

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(…)