Lots of Leaves – The Best Soil Conditioner

| December 4, 2013

What is Soil Conditioner? If one thing defines this time of the year it is the simple leaf. They are everywhere! What do we do with them? Instead of purchasing a synthetic soil conditioner from the store, you could use all the leaves that nature provides to amend your poor soil. Put simply, a soil […]

Beginning to End

| November 14, 2013

I would say that our 2013 season here at Sheltering Woods is slowly closing to an end. The warm temps that periodically show themselves start to fool us and the plants, but being mid-November I think everyone should be getting themselves ready for a big rest. Today I’ve (Annissa here) been looking through photos from […]

Saving and Mulching Autumn Leaves

| December 11, 2012

It often pains me to think about how much money people spend on mulch and fertilizer every year when they really don’t need to spend anything. Then on top of that, they actually throw away a perfectly fine, free mulch/fertilizer that is given to them each year in the form of fallen leaves. How ridiculous […]

Saving Eggplant Seeds

| October 31, 2012

It seems like just yesterday I was writing about how to plant an eggplant seed, and here it is time to harvest and save the seeds again for next year. This year has flown by, and has been very busy. I have not posted nearly as much as I’d like, but there is always changing […]

Hokkaido Blue Squash – A Tasty Sapphire

| September 3, 2012

The Amazing Hokkaido Blue Squash Of all the plants that we grew this year, I think my favorite has been the Hokkaido Blue Squash. In fact, growing this delicious squash has solidified in my mind, my favorite type of vegetable to grow – winter squash (of any variety). There is something magical about a winter […]

Preserving Sugar Pumpkin

| August 28, 2012

This year we planted 4 sugar pumpkin plants and got several pumpkins on each vine, despite the problems we had with the heat and bugs. It’s always exciting when you see a female flower form, and then start to produce a pumpkin! Its even more exciting when you pollinate the flower yourself, since the flower […]