Spring is Popping

| March 9, 2016

We have had some fantastic weather here this week with highs nearing 80F yesterday. We also got some nice warm rain last night and highs are in the 60s and 70s going forward. If that doesn’t make stuff start popping out the ground I don’t know what will!             Our […]

More Seeds and Some Seedlings

| March 5, 2016

The first seeds of the year have sprouted. 🙂 We noticed the first few on Thursday and even more yesterday and today. The strawflowers were up on Thursday so they only took 3 days and several onion pots are poking through after 6 days. The shallots have started and our Tokyo spring onions are by […]

Seed Starting

| February 1, 2015

During the last few months we’ve had many questions on how to start ‘such and such’ vegetable or fruit from seed. To us, starting all sorts of varieties of fruit, veg., and flowers from seed seems second nature. However, we’ve soon realized that this is not the case for many people. The nurseries and big […]

Little Hagins, Amish Paste and Rosso Sicilian Tomatoes

| May 6, 2014

The past few days have been spent getting quite a few of our tomato transplants in the ground. I didn’t realize it at the time but I planted 72 tomato plants earlier this spring! That is the most we’ve ever had, topping the 50 or so from last year. Now we are trying to find […]

May Flowers at Sheltering Woods

| May 5, 2014

Things have really begun greening up here at Sheltering Woods. From the tulips and daffodils, to the plum and cherry trees and the strawberries, winter has finally subsided for the year! Here are a few of the pictures we took from this past weekend. How are things blooming where you are? This post may contain […]

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 […]

Iris and a Heritage Story

| May 23, 2013

I find it absolutely amazing when one flower fades another arises in its place. This week our lovely iris have moved to center stage. I love their fluttering shapes and wispy colors. I was absolutely giddy when I began to see the buds bulge at the base of the fans. Quite a site to see […]

How to Make Seed Tags

| March 10, 2013

It is getting to be that time of year when we start planting our first seeds. We spent the day planting out over a dozen varieties of flowers and in the process we discovered we had no way of labeling which plots of seeds we had planted. So we got a little clever. If you […]

Transplants Update

| April 13, 2012

My how the time flies! I can’t believe I haven’t posted in over a week. With Easter, work, and homesteading, I have been very busy and haven’t had a lot of time to write anything. I didn’t want to go the whole week without posting, though, and so thought I would show how our transplants […]

Blooming Plum Trees

| March 23, 2012

I thought I’d share some of the most beautiful blooms that are on our property right now (aside from my wife’s flowers, which I should maybe show as well). Our plum trees are in full bloom after being planted last summer! The one in particular is especially full…I can’t believe how many flowers it has. […]