Gardening · Homesteading · Urban Homesteading

In Ground Versus Hanging Strawberry Plants: A Season of Studying

You might ask...why write about growing strawberries on the last day of September? As fall settles in you have time to ponder, to dream, to plan for the coming early spring. You will find the time goes by faster than you think. So start thinking now! And did the prices of strawberries make you blanch… Continue reading In Ground Versus Hanging Strawberry Plants: A Season of Studying

Gardening · Homesteading

Growing Food In An Off Year Of Weather

To say the growing season of 2022 was trying...is putting it lightly. As I have talked about since mid winter in early 2022, this winter/spring and into mid summer was cold and wet (see a post I did end of April "The Cool Spring"). Trees didn't bloom at all for some. The bees came out… Continue reading Growing Food In An Off Year Of Weather

Gardening · Herbalism · Homesteading · Preserving

Air Drying Herbs and Flowers

Drying herbs and flowers is easy to do, and takes little work to put away a years worth. And you don't need a dehydrator either. My method is very simple: Take a clean brown grocery bag outside and pick, tossing into the bag as you do. Then fold over the top to keep light and… Continue reading Air Drying Herbs and Flowers

Gardening · Homesteading · Prepping

Growing To Eat Versus Growing For Hobby

One of the things I do yearly is test my boundaries. The boundaries of growing plants. To see what can I push to the edge, and still work. But to explain it, not that many years ago we were urban homesteaders, living off the luxury of having our mini-farmstead right out the back door, with… Continue reading Growing To Eat Versus Growing For Hobby

Gardening · Homesteading · Urban Homesteading

5 Gallon Bucket Growing

With our cold and wet spring (and seriously...we had a wind storm last night into this morning that was winter like) I have been looking for options for peppers and some tomatoes to be able to grow protected, and to hopefully increase the crop production numbers. Bell peppers do grow here on Whidbey Island, Wa,… Continue reading 5 Gallon Bucket Growing