Now that we know how to build a grow rack, let’s see how to make inexpensive heat mats…from Christmas lights! How to Make a Heat Mat for Seed Starting This is a “readers’ favorite” post our how-to site. When you are learning to grow from seeds, often you might see reference to a heat mat for […]
Country Gardens Are Not Just for Vegetables and Just in time for our first snow one fall, I got our vegetable patch put to bed for the winter. As I was working I realized that, that in spite of the colorful veggies and herbs, I had really missed having a flower bed that year. Along with food production, beautiful scenery is an important part of rural living too.
Series of posts on fall and winter vegetable gardens. We included lots of info on planting, structures, and winter garden care. Many of you were inspired to keep your summer gardens going longer or to plant seeds just for fall and winter harvesting. Again this fall there has been a lot of interest in extended-season gardening. Rural […]
Fresh salads from the garden in December? Even in our four-season climate, where snow often covers the frozen soil all winter long? Yes—it’s true—we can have our lettuce and eat it too! We have never tried growing veggies all year round—but we are going to give it a go! During the next two months we’ll be featuring some blog […]
The problem of Building a Compost Pile We’ve had a compost problem…but we’ve found a compost solution. Our compost pile was started two years ago in a location that has now become the middle of a through-way in our garden area. Our two wonderful dogs, our chickens, and the local magpies can’t seem to resist the buffet. You’ll […]
Q: Where can you build a root cellar? Q: How do you build a root cellar? A: We don’t have a root cellar at our place yet–it’s on our to-do list for this summer. We have done some research though, and to answer your questions, we’ll share what we’ve learned. In some climates, root vegetables can […]
Q: How do you start putting in a garden if your soil poor and is really bad? A: Whether you have rocks, sand, or heavy clay…or dust or dirt without any substance to it…no matter how you describe it, if your soil is poor for gardening, you’ll have to be clever and work around it. […]