Homestead Picture Update 4-12

We had a bad cold snap last night, but luckily it seems most of my plants made it out just fine. I think it has been about two weeks since I did an update though so, I figured it was long overdue. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Some of you may remember the Square [...]

Homestead Picture Update 3-28

Recently, I have been absent a lot from the website, for which I apologize. However, that does not mean I haven’t been busy. In fact, quite the contrary, I have been extremely busy!  Those that follow me on Facebook are aware of most of my reasons for being absent.

The weekend before last I was [...]

DIY Square Foot Garden Modifications

I wrote a couple weeks ago about how you can make your own Square Foot Garden based on the designs by Mel Bartholomew.  The following post is to serve as a companion piece and showcase some of the modifications I have done to improve my beds. You can see the original post by clicking HERE.

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DIY Square Foot Garden

I use the Square Foot Garden method for gardening for one reason. I am lazy. Pure and simple. If you haven’t heard of this method before, it is awesome! It is the no digging, no weeding method of maximizing garden space popularized in the book, All New Square Foot Gardening by: Mel Bartholomew. In fact, [...]

“All New Square Foot Gardening” By: Mel Bartholomew – Review

Winter is the time to spend planning your next year’s garden.  It is tempting to rest on one’s laurel at this time of year, but to do so would be a grave mistake.  I like to use this time to plunge into gardening books and seed catalogs. I started this tradition 3 years ago when [...]

Reinforcing the Cold Frame

There is a reason we test things. LOL.  I was fortunate to get my cold frame/mini greenhouse up before it got too cold.  However, about a week ago it rained for about 3 days straight.  Curious, how my cold frame would hold up, I went outside as soon as it was dry.  Luckily, it had [...]

Bushes to bed

Recently I was looking in my backyard trying to decide where to put the next bed.  There was this one spot that was perfect, but… there were already no less than 6 bushes crammed into that spot.  The more I thought about it though it really was the perfect spot.  The bushes in question were [...]

Scapes galore

In plants such as onions, shallots and garlic the bulb will often send up a long leafless shoot called a scape. If left a lone it will turn into a flower.  However, it is usually removed  for two reasons. One being that removal causes the plant to instead focus its energy on enlarging the bulb [...]

Garden Update

Soon to harvest, here are some updated broccoli pics…

Up-close gratuitous broccoli shot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More broccoli…mmmmmm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sugar Snap Peas & Spinach in the same 1×1 square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Broccoli coming in

It has been a while since I have had any photo updates.  However, I was still active during the winter. One of the main things I did was to make metal cages around all my beds based on Mel Bartholomew’s ideas.  It was pretty simple I just used a metal screen that was fairly heavy [...]