Fall Gardens

Since our seasons in this part of North America are so short, I’ve often entertained building a green house. After the house fire though my building projects are already too many to count so this year I opted to turn my mind to the fall gardens. Fall gardening keeps the produce moving into the kitchen, […]

Make Compost

You can make compost to save money on soil enhancements and it is a really nice way to use up garden and household waste. You’ll enjoy a new level of successful growing in your garden and you can keep it all under wraps in a corner of your yard in a tidy bin until you […]

Gardening Tools

There are actually very few gardening tools you need, but certainly many that you can own to make the job easier! Spade Trowel Watering Can Hose …and you’re good to go! That is, as long as you have plants or seeds to grow into that garden of yours. If you’re starting annuals from seeds, you […]

Growing Herbs

It is not wise to try every variety on your first foray into growing herbs. Choose four or five hardy varieties of cooking herbs and experiment with different flavors and recipes. Lavender is one of my personal favorites for a non-culinary herb and it is remarkably easy to grow. Some of the more hardy and […]

Making Compost

If you garden, flowers or vegetables, you are either making compost in a pile or in a bin. If you’re not, you should be. Compost heaps, bins, buckets or piles put to use all the organic waste left over from grass clippings to leaves, dead plants, vegetables that are past consumption, and even some household […]

Get The Best From Your Garden

All of your hard work has paid off and you actually have a bunch of vegetables grown in your garden. You will know when they are ready simply by looking at them but root vegetables are a bit more difficult to judge. By the second season of keeping a vegetable garden you’ll be able to […]

Perform An Energy Audit on Your Farmhouse

Why is everyone talking about an energy audit? Well, autumn has arrived, the cold air is sneaking in the cracks and renovations are in full swing. If you’ve moved to an older farmhouse or rural country home this is one of the best times of the year to assess the energy efficiency of your home […]

Consider Heating With Natural Gas

In the United States approximately 23% of all energy consumption is via natural gas. When we rebuilt the farm house (after the fire took everything) we had limited resources so we couldn’t go with solar or wind for energy, however Eric did build in such a way that we could easily convert to green energy […]

One Alternative Fuel: Ethanol

In 1908 Henry Ford invented the Model-T car. Many people don’t know this but it was designed to run on ethanol. Henry was quoted as saying, “Ethanol is the fuel of the future.” Sadly, we didn’t listen to him over a hundred years ago and now we’re paying the price at the pumps and we’ve […]

Going Green: Fuel Efficient Cars

I’ve been meaning to write about this for years. Not just fuel-efficient vehicles, but greener everything. Life does get in the way though and I find that I never have enough time to share all the things I’ve learned or am learning about on this site where more people can benefit from it. A few […]