A summer update from our wilderness homestead with an emphasis on how we get an early seasonal start to our gardens.
Hoops bent from conduit pipe can transform your season-extension system. I have 10, enough to cover two 10-foot garden beds, and they have been transformative. Learn the technique here..
We no longer used our 6-foot-by-10-foot dog kennel, and it looked like a sturdy frame for a greenhouse.
Many people believe they can grow anything anytime when they just got their own greenhouse. You can, but that’s not always the case. Sure, it depends on what you’re planting in the first place. But, it also depends on the greenhouse itself and how you plant it.
Our first salad is a big deal for us, considering we were hitting -20 degrees Fahrenheit two weeks ago, and we still have patches of snow on the ground.
ne of the principles of Permaculture is “Stacking Functions” or making every structure/addition to your plan serve at least two, if not more, functions in the landscape. When we added solar panels to the homestead, we wanted to honor this principle—and constructing a small greenhouse allowed us to install the panels, as the light was not great on the roof of the house. The number of functions we have stacked on this small structure became very clear to me as I prepared for an upcoming solar homes tour.
"...it was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."
Integrate chickens and a greenhouse to provide a synergistic effect for the homestead.
Solstice Night is the traditional time to set goals. On that night, we sit by the fire, review the year, and plan for the next. I’ve been thinking about the goals for the garden already; two are building upon existing systems and the third is new. Once I am clear on my goals, I am going to post them in the greenhouse, so I will see them almost every day!
Abundant Fields Farm is receiving the support of a business incubator process in much the same way other types of start-up businesses do. Sharing infrastructure with other beginning farmers helps make success possible.
The greenhouse takes shape with the help of family.
Creating a micro-climate is an essential tool for your survival and homesteading skills. Making the right micro-climate for your plants specific needs will not only help them survive, but thrive as well.
Suggestions for what to have on hand - and handy - when you hear a storm is heading your way.
The invention of clear window glass allowed the ancient Romans to trap solar energy to enhance their gardening techniques to grow vegetables out of season and exotic non-native plants in Rome. A thousand years later, empire builders in Europe rediscovered the trapping of solar heat with clear window glass so they as well could enjoy the foreign plants in their own back yard and grow native vegetables throughout the year.
Keep your greenhouse above freezing during short cold periods without paying for a heater.
Cam learns the hard way why it's never a good idea to procrastinate about important jobs!
Step-by-step building instructions for a passive solar greenhouse.
Cam is trying to extend his growing season with DIY greenhouse structures.
Starting flats of seedlings begins this year's growing season.
As winter descends a three-season hoop house is weeded, compost spread, and a straw mulch applied. Next spring will be here soon.
Readers share their winter gardening stories.