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    A July Free of Plastic (I hope)

    The danger of plastic is everywhere right now; National Geographic had a whole issue on it, experts left and right are warning us that we are strangling the oceans, and most stores have some sort of a program rewarding you for bringing in your own bags.  But wow, in the last few weeks, as I have been more aware of this issue than ever before, I am flabbergasted by how much plastic is used on, well, everything. The toilet paper I buy at Costco has 4 packs wrapped in plastic, then the whole case of it wrapped in more plastic.  Trying to find dishwasher detergent that isn’t in plastic is…

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    Homestead Journaling

      Let’s just start this off with a confession, I have an obsession with journaling. I blame the film The English Patient, I have literally dreamt about the journal from that flick…. with it’s leather cover, drawings and journal entries!  I kept a consistent diary from ages 16-21, and I have annual notebooks from every year we have been living off-the-grid (2008-2018).  In those notebooks,  I make life plans, lists, notes from books I’m reading or programs I listen to, meal plan and list the goals I attain.  But the most treasured of all is my homestead journal, one that I have been keeping since 2008.  A homestead journal is…

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    Lazy Gardening: Companion planting

    While both my sister and I LOVE to garden, we are at heart, kinda lazy people.  SO… I am going to share some of the best advice out there that saves me from working more than I have to and still get some amazing organic produce from my garden. Plants are like teenagers, they are really clicky and just want to be with their favorite peeps.  This is referred to as “companion planting”.  If done right, companion planting should significantly reduce pests and diseases while also increasing pollination and feeding the soil.   One of the most famous companion plantings is known as “three sisters” and was a method used…

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    Summer Plans for Teens and Tweens

    I don’t know how it happened, but summer is 7 VERY short school days away, and I don’t know about you, but I am not ready.  With three kids home for a lot of days, plus a husband that works from home, this mom has to have some sort of a plan in order for this long break to run smoothly.  And I don’t know if you have tried looking at the holy oracle (aka Pinterest) for help, but there is not a lot out there once your kids pass the age of 10.  I don’t know if it is because a lot of moms have gone back to work,…

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    A Micro Orchard in the ‘Burbs

    I love gardening in theory, but I am fairly terrible at it in practice.  I am all raring to go come March, April and May…but once the temps and humidity start soaring, my interest plummets.  Add to this kids being home for the summer, an increase in activities, gatherings and just plain socializing, and any lofty goals I have quickly fall to the wayside. Enter my love of fruit trees.  Growing up, our parents had several apple trees, and I loved picking them in the fall and all the different pies and bars my mom would make with them.  It also seemed like an unusual thing, since not many of…

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    #1 way to save money gardening: starting seeds

      Starting seeds can be tricky but I live  in the dark and cold tundra of northern Minnesota without electricity….. so if I can do it so can you! Starting your own seedlings is the #1 way to save money gardening. My mom likes to challenge me on the cost efficiency of gardening. If you are buying seedlings I guarantee you are spending more money with a garden than you need to. In most of my life I barely  miss electricity but man would it be a bonus when starting seeds!!!  I’ll tell you how I do it AND how my sister does it with the benefits of electricity. Start…

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    5 Tips to Ordering Seeds

    The arrival of seed catalogs in the dead of winter is such pure joy for these two sisters that we believe it should be a holiday!  Dee and I had our first annual Seed Celebration this February, where we discussed last years’ gardens, selected seeds for this year and enjoyed some snacks and libations.  Oh yeah, we also hatched the plan to start this blog!  Definitely seems like an annual tradition to us. In honor of our new, totally made up holiday, we bring to you The Top 5 Ways to Succeed When Ordering Seeds… Order seed catalogs from similar climates as you This year we ordered from Seed Treasures,…