farming, gardening, garlic, homesteading, how to grow potatoes, kale, peas, vineyard

Getting Your Garden Ready For Spring

The weather has finally started to change here in upstate New York.  The maple trees are producing sweet sap that we turn into maple syrup.  The robins have also returned and so has the mud.  The spring means its time to get back to work after a long snowy winter.  The coop needs to be… Continue reading Getting Your Garden Ready For Spring

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Making a Home Made Pizza will help you find your happy place

It’s that time of year, when the calendar says it’s spring, but here in the Northeast, it can be more like a guessing game and true spring-like weather can still be months away. Cold temps and snow in March make for a very long winter. And for those of us deeply affected, the vitamin D… Continue reading Making a Home Made Pizza will help you find your happy place

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Soap Making, our cure for winter boredom

When the winter starts to seem like it will never end, and it's a little too early to start your seeds, we often search for new skills to learn.  It is a great time to focus on a new adventure without all of the distractions of other times of year.  Last winter while digging deep… Continue reading Soap Making, our cure for winter boredom

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Homestead failure is not always what it seems

There is one unavoidable fact on the homestead.  You are going to fail.  Failure is not something we think about much or even plan for, but it still happens.  Three years ago we started beekeeping.  We knew that winters were hard here so we built our hives out of 2x4 pine in an effort to… Continue reading Homestead failure is not always what it seems

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Homesteading Fuel

When we think of homesteading, we often think of  hard work and the simple pleasures.  Two essential ingredients in our homestead  are coffee and beer.  One gets the day going and the other pushes you to get to the finish line.  The thought of an ice cold beer as a reward will get you through… Continue reading Homesteading Fuel