How to Grow Kale

Kale is easy to grow, easy to overwinter, easy to preserve, and absolutely delicious! Oh, and it’s just a pretty plant as well. If there’s one plant I would recommend for every garden, it would be kale. And it’s not just me. In Barbara Damrosch…

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A Walk in the Woods in Early May

This is the time of year when everything feels like it’s fully coming alive after a long, cold winter here in zone 4. The birds have been thoroughly enjoying our feeders; most days, we see a mix of cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, juncos, mourning doves,…

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2021 Winter Sowing (A start!)

I didn’t wintersow anything last winter. Just didn’t have the energy or organization to do it, but we had a successful gardening season nonetheless, adding lots of new gardening space and getting our unheated hoop house rebuilt. Now that I have some successes to build…

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snow, and new growth

We live in northwest lower Michigan. Snow is nothing new to us, and it’s not unusual to end up with snow six months of the year. Even so, there are some snowfalls that still manage to take my breath away. Last night, a light, fluffy…

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Collecting: Milk Glass

I have Martha Stewart to blame for my interest in collecting milk glass. Well, Martha, and the fact that milk glass is plentiful and easy to collect, and you don’t have to put a lot of money into building a collection. Of course, I’m not…

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5 Herbs You Can Grow on a Windowsill

One of the things I miss most about gardening during the long winter months is the scent of the garden. Green, vibrant, alive. The pungent odor of tomato leaves, the almost antiseptic scent of marigolds, the delicate perfume of the wild roses that grow near…

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A look at the garden – first week of fall!

Our garden is starting to wind down. A couple of frosts this past weekend spelled the end of the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash, cucumbers, and basil for the season. I’m honestly sad to see it end. This was the best garden we’ve had in a…

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An Early Spring Look at Our Homestead

The snow has almost completely melted on our little NW Michigan homestead (though it is snowing as I write this…*sigh*) which meant that it was time for our first family walk of the spring. We do this a lot during the summer and fall, and…

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