The Pacific Northwest is defined by our relationship with water; we have two seasons—cool and wet and warm and dry. Settlement is along rivers and our summers are cooled by the sea breeze that sweeps inward in the late afternoons. During wet winters, we may not see the sun or moon for months, but we enjoy hunkering down under the sheltering clouds, walking home in the misty dark. Then, one day, somewhere between Memorial Day and the Forth of July, the rains stop. The clouds…Continue
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A trip to the nursery is possibly the most calming and refreshing experience. Walking around, choosing your plants and just being in the presence of nature’s bounty does some amazing things for your emotional health. I know I can hardly wait for my annual trip to the nursery!
There is one downside, however. Plants are sold in plastic pots. When we come home we plant them in our gardens. What happens to all the plastic pots? Most recyclers do not accept planters as a recyclable as…Continue
Added by Anne Staley on December 12, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
A lot of us like the green living lifestyle but oftentimes lack the time or space for maintaining our own garden. While having a traditional garden is an excellent way to save money on groceries as well as ensure that your food is safe, fresh, and free of pesticides, there are many foods that can be purchased from farmer's markets or grocery stores and then regrown in small spaces.
Pumpkins are a truly incredible fruit. People can use them for decoration and as food.…Continue
Well, the inspections for the bank and local municipality have been completed, and all of our rehab work has been approved! We're just waiting on the final disbursement check so that we can pay our roofer. It has been quite the ordeal, but well worth it a little headache and a lot of elbow grease in the end!
I had mentioned before that our riding lawnmower had quit... Well, this past weekend, we were given a riding mower, which we desperately needed, as "payment" from a friend of ours…Continue
Click the picture for a link to my update on growing my first garden as the Girl Gone Local :)
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Many people are searching for ways to live in a more Eco-friendly manner, and in many cases, living more Eco-friendly coincides with having a sustainable kitchen. Four aspects homeowners can implement in order to receive the greatest benefits monetarily and environmentally are as follows.
Use natural cleaners
One way to create a more Eco-friendly lifestyle and a sustainable kitchen is making cleaners using natural ingredients. From cleaning the floor to the…Continue
Just completed planting 3 container boxes (Garden PatchTM GrowBoxTM) and 1 City Picker Patio garden box with vaired tomato, bell and sweet peppers, Thai hot peppers, cabbages, strawberries, and leeks.
I plan to continue with the remaining…Continue
Spring is here and the beautiful, perfect days just keep coming!!! We keep having these amazing mornings that start off with a light rain and then all afternoon we are blessed with a warm sunny day, and sometimes we get another rain or thunderstorm at night. Thank you mama nature!
We have lettuce popping up all over the garden, thanks to my…Continue
Added by Desiree on April 18, 2013 at 7:47pm — No Comments
Hello all you homesteaders!! Just wanted to touch base and let everybody know what's goin' on at Stinnett Family Farms. Spring has definitely been in the air for the past week or so. Been through the whole sinus…Continue
Added by Travis Stinnett on April 13, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Welcome all you homesteaders!! This is Issue #2 in the “Homestead Spotlight Series.”
Today I want to welcome Your Gardening Friend as this weeks homestead spotlight. Your Gardening Friend is owned and operated by Holly. Holly is married and lives in Indiana. Holly is the proud mother of three canine…Continue
Added by Travis Stinnett on February 11, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
Everyone knows that green living is not only healthy for us but it’s also healthy for the environment. However, did you know that living a green lifestyle could also save you money? It is true. The implementation of a few simple, “green changes” in to your life can in fact save you money.
Grow your own food
Buying groceries is a huge expense for most families. For this reason, growing some of your own herbs and vegetables will most assuredly help you keep more of…
Added by Travis Stinnett on January 14, 2013 at 1:53pm — No Comments
Just placed my Baker Creek order! $69.50 for 30 packets of seeds- Not bad. There are a few veggies and herbs we will need to purchase locally (garlic, onion sets, seed potatoes, rosemary, horseradish) along with our flowers and fruit trees.
Here's what we'll be growing this year:
Blue Lake Bush 274 Bean
Old Homestead (Kentucky Wonder) Bean
Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts
It's been quite a while since I've last posted here... I've been making a LOT of jerky on my new dehydrator, and trying out new bread recipes. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I know I did! I got the ultimate gift. For the past 3 or so years that I've been a member, I've always talked about wanting a small homestead...........
AT LAST!!! We've found one! The week after Thanksgiving, our offer was accepted on a 3 acre parcel with a modest ranch style home on it! We got an…Continue
What is From the Ground Up?
From the Ground Up is a documentary project that provides an inspiring look at gardeners in three cities, juxtaposing these modern urban farmers with the original Victory Gardeners who during WWII grew food in backyards, on balconies, any wherever they could. At their peak, these gardeners yielded 40% of the produce consumed in the US. Today a Sacramento teacher and her young sons “take on City Hall” to fight for…Continue
[originally appeared at http://upcountry-living.com/2012/9/7/flashcard-philosophy-gardening-as-therapy]
Pursuing hobbies and passions is therapeutic. Even at the beginning, when you're…Continue