I recently made a trip to the thrift store to purchase new long sleeved men’s shirts for the winter. I happily found three shirts in like new condition. Two were missing buttons, yet the replacement buttons were still attached at the bottom of the placket. I suspect the missing button may have been the reasonContinue reading “Mending Clothes – a Forgotten Skill with Global Impact”
As we approach our last frost free date the temperature has hit upwards of seventy degrees for over two weeks with over cast days in the forties and fifties. This herald of fine spring weather has spurred some lovely volunteers to sprout in the garden. I’ve found over the years that my volunteers are someContinue reading “Protecting Tender Volunteer Seedlings from Frost”
Peas are not one of my favorite things to eat. However, they sell well at the farm market, and they make a wonderful secondary feed crop for the sheep and cattle over winter. Thankfully, we can get two crops in for both the table and the hay loft. This year I’m growing a generic gardenContinue reading “Planting Peas”
It’s finally warm enough to plant our potatoes! Red Pontiac are my absolute favorite potatoes to grow and eat. This is my third year growing them in a Ruth Stout bed. I try to disturb the bed as little as possible. In a few days well add a shallow topping of mulch to kill offContinue reading “Planting potatoes in Our Ruth Stout Bed”
Enter the humble River Cane or Arundinaria. In the native Ani-Yunwiya (Cherokee) language it’s known as “i-hi”. In my personal language it’s known as “blessing cane”. Not only is it a viable material for weaving baskets, feed for the cattle and sheep in lean times, bedding for the chickens, erosion control on the creek bank, and fishing poles, it’s also a wonderful building material for small portable structures.