Want to start your own backyard compost for your own amazing, nutrient-rich soil? No problem! This post shares some of our best hints and tips to get your backyard compost bin started, and thriving! Coffee filters, egg shells, banana peels, cardboard! Dryer lint, apple cores, dog … [Read more...] about How to Start a Successful Backyard Compost
By Virginia Miner What is a milpa, and why should you plant one? Planting a garden is a good way to know where your food comes from, but how do you make sure that you don’t do the same thing to your backyard that the big growers are doing to their fields? Over fertilizing, … [Read more...] about What is a Milpa, and Why Should You Plant One in Your Garden This Year?
Guest post by Faith Watson As I helped my four-year-old water our garden, I couldn’t help but ponder how my kids have developed a love for gardening and that it was kind of an accidental journey on my part. I love the feeling of the cool earth between my toes and getting my hands … [Read more...] about Growing Little Gardeners (5 Tips for Raising Kids Who Love Gardening)
We have three daughters, Aneliese (5), Cecily (3), Kathleen (1) and while it may not look like it on paper or on my blog, Becoming Kindred, where I write about our rural, beginner farm life, I feel like our days are in a constant flow of motion. This is us and I think that we clean … [Read more...] about A Day In the Life of a Homesteading Mama
When Alice Rumphius was a little girl, she vowed that when she grew up she would travel the world and live in a house by the sea. “ There is a third thing you must do,” her grandfather told her. “ You must do something to make the world more beautiful.” Miss Rumphius fulfilled her … [Read more...] about Teach Your Children Earth Stewardship By Planting a “Miss Rumphius Garden”
Post by contributor, Marissa. When we moved across the country to a tiny community in rural Nova Scotia, we bought our seven and a half acres with a big old duplex farm house without having seen it other than a video and pictures. With grand - if slightly vague - dreams of our own … [Read more...] about Farming with Children: Thoughts from a Novice Homesteader