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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Planting Peppers, Cool Season Crops, and Some Updates

| March 19, 2012

This weekend was a very enjoyable, productive weekend. We spent the better part of 1pm until about 5pm on Saturday and Sunday outside working on planting lettuce, radishes and flowers. I figured that these plants would be fine to plant this early, since they are cool season crops and will hopefully flourish. We planted well […]

Cleaning Up The Garden (1)

| March 16, 2012

As I said earlier in the week, I have been spending this week cleaning up the garden and getting it ready for planting. About the only thing I have accomplished thus far is getting the grass out of the back. I wanted to share some images I took earlier in the week that shows the […]

Spring Is Certainly Here

| March 15, 2012

As the title says, it is spring time! This week has been an absolutely amazing week in regards to temperatures. It’s been in the mid to upper 70’s and the early spring risers are out and about. Robins are back and are singing their songs. The cardinals have started their mating calls, which are absolutely […]

Starting Eggplant From Seed

| March 3, 2012

Today marks the first weekend that we begin planting our transplants indoors for this coming growing season! This is our first time actually preparing a real garden in our home, so it’s going to be a lot of learning and trial and error, but it’s going to be exciting. We will begin by starting eggplant […]