New Compost Bins & Trees

| April 11, 2016

Spring certainly has been taking it’s sweet time getting here. Temperatures have been very chilly with highs barely getting into the 50’s at times but mostly staying colder. Winds have also been high the past couple of weeks and we’ve had plenty of wet to go with it. Pretty miserable overall. This past weekend we […]

Weekend Projects

| January 20, 2015

The weather here, at our little homestead, was quite phenomenal all weekend long. We’re talking about sunny days with temperatures in the 40s. The sun lured us out of our blanket cocoons to do some much needed garden work! The apple trees were our very first task. Right now is one of the best times […]

Sheltering Woods Orchard

| June 4, 2013

Have I mentioned how important it is to grow your own food? Annual crops are probably the most recognizable methods of growing your own food — in the garden! But why stop there? Most fruit and nuts we buy at the store are from perennial tree and shrubs. The list includes apples, oranges, lemons, limes, […]

Hazelnut Hedge

| May 22, 2013

We are big fans of hazelnuts, or at least the chocolatey spread or the flavored coffee (which I know is not technically hazelnut but most likely an artificial flavoring). Either way, we knew that we wanted to add hazelnut bushes to our little homestead and sooner better than later. So, we recently became a charter […]

Homemade Wild Plum Preserves

| August 20, 2012

This past weekend, my wife and I were hauling some wood to the back of our property when we made a remarkable discovery. The back of our land has a stand of trees on it, along with a bunch of junk that we need to get rid of. We were unloading our wood, when my […]

The Amazing Power In a Walnut

| April 19, 2012

For anyone that doesn’t know what a walnut seedling looks like, this post is for you. We have been discovering a tremendous number of walnut seedlings not only in our yard but also in our garden. We have a bunch of squirrels, and last fall I raked all the walnuts into a pile for them. […]

Protecting the Trees and Garden From Deer/Rabbits

| April 2, 2012

We have been very fortunate when it comes to avoiding deer and rabbit damage in our garden. Last year, it took about 2 weeks until they found our newly planted plum trees, and then they only stripped the one tree, and never came back. They did eat some of my wife’s flowers, but not excessively. […]

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. […]