This year’s decorations start: dehydrated orange slices

For many years, I would craft new decorations for our Christmas tree. It was a good opportunity to use small projects to try out new techniques and ideas. Our tree is basically a mad chaos of different styles and materials, and I love it! Life got in the way, and I stopped doing this for … Continue reading This year’s decorations start: dehydrated orange slices

First year gardens: what worked, what didn’t

With snow on the ground and a chill in the air, we're already thinking ahead to what we can do next year. Since moving here, our long term goal has been to be as self sufficient as possible/realistic for our needs. Growing up here, my parents were subsistence farmers. My mother had a huge vegetable … Continue reading First year gardens: what worked, what didn’t

Fall planting: the last of the flowers, plus other progress

Along with the three types of garlic that came in, my daughters' flower bulbs arrived. The tulip collection included 10 bulbs each of Orca, Pinksize and Brownie, and 8 bulbs each of Black Hero, Pamplona and Vanilla Coup. There was also 6 bulbs of Gardenia Daffodil. So while I was having fun working in the … Continue reading Fall planting: the last of the flowers, plus other progress

Fall clean up: preparing the second garlic bed

Since I went and build up a bed and walkway yesterday, I kinda had to continue today! 😀 Here is where I left off, yesterday. The goal was to create another bed with compostable material buried in it, and make a second walkway. The first thing that had to be done was to break up … Continue reading Fall clean up: preparing the second garlic bed