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

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7 New Year Resolutions for Gardeners

7 New Year Resolutions for Gardeners

Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions, right? Get in shape, eat better, get more sleep, reduce stress. All grand ideas, and ones I aspire to year after year. We all want to improve an aspect of our lives…what better time to start? If you’re a gardener, […]

How to Grow Fresh Salad Greens Indoors

How to Grow Fresh Salad Greens Indoors

Kale, spinach, lettuce, basil, cilantro, parsley, scallions. Warm weather stuff, right? Yet all that and more grows and thrives in tiny pots in my basement. It’s warm down there, thanks to hot water pumped in from the outdoor wood furnace, and full-spectrum grow lights provide […]

Growing Greens in Winter

Growing Greens in Winter

Winter can be a tough time for a gardener. Don’t get me wrong: I do love winter, the snowshoeing and skiing and baking and catching up on all the things I don’t have time for in summer because I’m outside all the time. But the […]

Save Time In Spring: 3 Garden Tasks You Can Do Right Now

Save Time In Spring: 3 Garden Tasks You Can Do Right Now

Spring is finally here, and I can’t wait to get out in the garden and get may hands in the dirt…but wait, there are the rotting remains of last year’s vines, and the weeds… Don’t let this happen to you! There are a few things […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why I Start Seeds Indoors

When it’s April Fool’s Day, and you wake up to find ten inches of fresh snow on the ground…well, something says it SHOULD be spring, but what can you do? It just may be the perfect day to start seeds! Though we dread the thought […]

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 […]