On Orchards and Reattaching Limbs

One of the joys of moving from the city is having enough room to put in a small orchard. While our city garden did have a few small fruit trees, it was never going to be enough to supply our apple habit. We were fortunate enough to be able to bring our trees with usRead more

Homemade Lip Balm

This morning, my daughter and I have been experimenting with making homemade lip balm. She had to come up with a chemistry-based project for an upcoming science fair, so she decided to study emulsifiers and how they stabilize liquids. Since I have some experience with whipping up my own concoctions, I was enlisted to oversee the project.   Read more

Garden Markers on the Cheap

I think I’m going to have to file this one under “Now why the heck didn’t I think of that?”. I was perusing Pinterest a while ago, and came across this brilliant idea for cheap (free, actually) row markers for the garden. I was happy with the stone markers I made for my potato bed, butRead more

Hide & Seek

It seems a certain someone is well on her way to joining the resident broodies in their stubborn refusal to leave the nest (the Brahmas are well into their third month now), but I’ve got to give her credit, she’s a lot smarter about it than the others. Reepicheep appears to have figured out that if sheRead more

Easter Feaster

What are the odds that we’d have two sunny days in a row over the long weekend – it almost never happens, even in the summer. As a result, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time puttering around the yard over the past 48 hours, digging things up, and planting them somewhere else (will IRead more

Planning 2012

Late winter is a great time of year. Not only do I get to cozy up and enjoy the occasional snow day (having one of those today, actually), but I can use that time to dream and make plans for the garden to come. The days are getting noticeably longer, the trees have buds on them,Read more

Happy National Banana Bread Day!

Okay, to be honest, I had no idea that February 23rd was Banana Bread Day. I just coincidentally happened to be waiting for a batch to come out of the oven when I stumbled upon this happy bit of news online. But really, what a brilliant idea; who couldn’t use a reason to celebrate inRead more

A Fowl Odour

Over the past month or so, we’ve noticed a funny smell (that’s putting it nicely) coming from the crawl space adjacent to our basement stairs. My husband has torn it apart numerous times trying to figure out where it was coming from, but was never able to find the source. Yesterday we finally solved theRead more

Mid-Winter Deals

Well, it’s that time of year again, when garden centers everywhere are clearing out old stock to make room for this year’s crop of garden delights. Sorry, dark cell phone photo! Yesterday, I headed out to my favorite haunt for a little late January garden center therapy, and was elated to see racks and racksRead more