Ventilating the Hoop House

Yesterday was a beautiful warm and sunny day spent working in the garden. The hoop house hit 85 degrees, which made me realize that it's going to get too hot in there in the coming months. My first instinct was to cut some windows in the plastic, but Ryan suggested I do some research before doi…

Homeschool Reward System + Free Printable

Hey friends! I’m shifting blogging gears, but wanted to make sure this printable homeschool reward system was still available to anyone who wants it. We loved using it! It was originally posted in 2018 on my old blog, “April’s Happy Place”:
Homeschool Reward System: Free Printable Reward Tickets

All Natural Pest Control

We've had to deal with lots of different pests so far on the homestead. Last year the biggest ones were deer and rabbits, this year it's squirrels and slugs. Both years we've had aphids, but they haven't done too much damage.

Ryan is a firm believer in natural pest control. I've…

Container Gardening and Growing Scraps

Last year, our first year gardening on the homestead, we had problems with deer and other critters eating out of our garden. The lilies, peas, broccoli, and sunflowers were favorites. This year we planted a larger variety of flowers and vegetables, and I hoped our hoop house would keep them safe. B…

Observing Baby Juncos

A couple weeks ago Ryan noticed a little bird's nest up by our power box. It's funny, the places birds end up. We had a live one in our wood stove not long ago too. I put on some gloves, and thankfully he let me hold him and release him outside. It was a pretty cool experience!
Now, back to …

Improving the Soil with Cover Crops and Compost

When we first moved in to our house, most of the land we cleared was covered with dusty dirt. We knew we would need to improve our soil if we wanted our garden to thrive, so we've been working on composting and researching the best types of cover crops. Ryan is constantly researching and learni…
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