Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
We moved into our new house three weeks ago, and our new homestead is starting to take shape.
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
There may be free fruit in your own neighborhood - just keep your eyes open.
Three years ago we went from two cars to one. Being a one-car family has challenges but it's worth it.
Jim and I are moving to a house with a large kitchen in a friendly neighborhood. Come on over and have a visit!
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
100-year-old Scarlet Runner Bean seeds from Grandpa will be part of our garden this year. It's almost seed-starting time for gardeners!
Starting seeds is easy. If you've never done it there is no reason to be intimidated. Here's a basic tutorial.
While everything around us changes constantly, memories remain constant. A 'Memory Jar' for 2015 will help you remember the good times.
December is usually a quiet time for gardeners, but we're still finding a little bit of fresh food out in the side yard.
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
Peas are easy-peasy to grow and taste great. No need for fertilizer, just sun, space, water and perhaps a fence.
If you have candy that needs to be used, here's one way to do it!
Butternuts are plentiful in our neighborhood. This year we stole a few from the squirrels for ourselves!
What to do with your seedlings once they have popped up.
Four years ago I sold my car and I haven't looked back since!
There's nothing wrong with a little pampering now and again, so why not use your own garden harvest to make yourself look and feel better?
The arrival of fall means time to sow our garlic crop on our urban homestead.
What better destination than farm and wine country!
I canned apple pie filling using the apples from our 'urban foraging' expeditions.
What tastes better than homegrown? Homegrown and FREE! There may be free food lurking in your own backyard if you take the time to look.
Seeking out abandoned apple trees is worth the effort. With a little time and energy, you can harvest many pounds of free fruit!
It's time to bring back line-drying clothes. Save money, help the environment!
Chives used to be in most everyone's backyard herb plot. They're easy to grow and delicious!
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
For a first attempt at baking this iconic Irish recipe, I think it came out all right.
Our pumpkin harvest was small this year, due to the plague of squash bugs.
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
Growing greens is easy and doesn't require a lot of space. Fresh lettuce is delicious!
Found fruit scavenged from 'our' urban apple tree and our backyard quince made a delicious Thanksgiving pie.
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
Tomatillo salsa is unusual but delicious and easy to make. Tomatillos are easy to grow, too!
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
Those seeds inside of your pumpkins are delicious - don't throw them away!
We may run a big farm in the country, but our urban homestead friends sure do know how to grow it.
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.