Gardening (and living) between the stumps. Anything is possible.

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Chicken Tractors, or How We Put Our Chickens to Work

Chicken Tractors, or How We Put Our Chickens to Work

We topped the garden beds with composted manure today. The chickens were there in an instant, scratching and slurping bugs and grubs. We’d heard the term chicken tractors; indeed, these girls are tilling the soil for us. Our hens play an important part in the […]

A Black Bear, Passing Through, Pauses for Breakfast

It’s an annual event here: the first spring visit by a black bear in the backyard signals the end of bird feeding season. He/she inevitably gets into mischief and causes a little inconvenience–after all, someone has to retrieve the trash barrels from the woods, or […]

Moving up day: into the cold room

Moving up day: into the cold room

One month after seeding, the baby vegetable plants are ready to move up. Also, the wood furnace is out for the warming season, so the basement is no longer toasty warm. This means no more cozy nursery room for the seedlings. But it’s a timely […]

A Day For Planting Potatoes

A Day For Planting Potatoes

Potatoes went in the ground today.  It was the first genuinely spring-like day, and perfect for planting potatoes. Three varieties went in this year: Dark Red Norland, an early red potato for a summer treat; Reba, a storage variety touted for its disease resistance; and […]

Leaves In, Compost Out: How to Make Autumn Leaves Work For You

Leaves In, Compost Out: How to Make Autumn Leaves Work For You

Maple, birch and pine trees surround our house and garden, and in the fall, drop a beautiful layer of crisp leaves and soft needles on the ground. They crunch when you walk, and the kids love raking loose piles and jumping in them. After the first […]

Windowsill basil

Basil, that favorite kitchen herb and essential tomato companion, can be easily grown close at hand. Why limit yourself to dry flakes when you can have the freshest, most aromatic leaves? You can bring the garden right into the kitchen! I’ve been growing basil on […]

Snowstorms and why we seed indoors

It’s April Fool’s Day, so it seems fitting that we woke to find ten inches of fresh snow on the ground this morning. That cancelled our travel plans, and it turned into the perfect day to start seeds! Though we dread the thought of it, […]

Gardening with chickens

Gardening with chickens

I love my chickens.  I love watching them graze and forage: ripping grass, slurping worms, snapping beetles. I do not love when they devour my garden. Kale seems to be their favorite, but then when tomatoes are ripening on the vine, I would also find […]