Meet Bets

Bets the Hen

This is Bets. She’s the newest addition to our flock. She came to live with us last Saturday. [Read more…]

Seasonal Garden To-Do Lists

Seasonal Garden To-Do Lists

Spring, summer, winter, fall – there’s always work to be done in the garden. Use these free printable garden to-do lists to keep up with all of your garden chores, so you don’t overlook anything important. I’ve created a to-do list for each season (even winter). Just check tasks off as you complete them, and it’ll be easy to see what you have left. There’s even room to add your own tasks. [Read more…]

How to Build a Carpenter Bee Trap

Build a Carpenter Bee Trap

I’ve done a lot to attract bees to my garden – planting flowers that they like, building them houses, etc. But carpenter bees? I’m not a fan. They do too much damage to our house, tree house and swing set each year for me to be on good terms with them. I’ve read article after article that says they only go after non-treated, rotting wood, but that hasn’t been my experience at all.

Carpenter Bee Damage

See those holes? They were made by carpenter bees. That’s pressure treated lumber, and they started boring holes in it as soon as we finished building our tree house. They continue to bore new holes in it every spring.

When we built a new roof overhang over the basement a couple years ago, they bored holes through the new cedar supports, before we had a chance to finish them, and they continued to bore holes through them even after we stained them. They’re destructive creatures, I tell you.

So, this year, it’s on. Since we’re not fans of chemical solutions, my husband and I decided to build some carpenter bee traps. We’ve been seeing them in catalogs lately, so we did some research, and came up with our own design. Here’s how it’s made: [Read more…]

How I Plan to Use My Harvest Printable

Harvest Planner Printable

Growing a garden this year? While you wait for all those beautiful fruits, veggies and herbs to start rolling in, spend a little time planning how you’ll use your harvest. Because too much zucchini is only a thing, if you don’t have a plan for it.

Flip through recipe books, and trawl the Internet for new recipes to try. Then, make a list of what you plan to make with all the foods that you’re growing, or intend to buy at your local farmer’s market.

Include dinner recipes that you can enjoy right away, as well as recipes that you can enjoy throughout the year. Then, track down all the canning recipes, freezing instructions and drying instructions you’ll need, so you’ll be ready to put up your harvest as soon as it comes in.

And be sure to keep an eye out for some giftable recipes, too. Having ready-made gifts on hand makes Christmas and other gift-giving occasions much easier. [Read more…]