Archive for the ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ Category

About Culling Chickens

If you have ever heard anyone use the term cull, as in culling a flock of chickens, or cull a chick, it means basically to separate the desirable from the undesirable. In the chicken industry this can mean removing the male chicks. Often they are killed, but some small chick producing companies like MyPetChicken try […]

October 30, 2015  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Backyard Chickens  6 Comments

Caring for Baby Chicks

These female chicks arrived yesterday at just three days old. We purchased them from a site recommended by a friend called The company has a lot of great info, and if you are thinking of starting a backyard flock I suggest you go there to read up on it first. Their minimum shipment is […]

October 16, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Backyard Chickens  No Comments

Fall in the Northeast Garden

“Just like that,” he said, “and it’s Fall.” It was onlyВ a week ago we still had the AC on, and now our overnight temperatures are quickly approaching the 40’s. Fall can come fast in the Northeast. But that doesn’t stop the gardening of course. Today we are moving a planter tomato and an eggplant into […]

September 12, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Extending the Season, Gardening, Gardening People, Places & Things  One Comment

The Forest for the Trees

The expression “doesn’t see the forest for the trees” refers to a person who is so caught up in details that they are missing the overall picture. As gardeners, we sometimes do the opposite. There is so much detail happening in the garden, and too often we miss it. So today I’m going to share […]

September 6, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Gardening People, Places & Things  No Comments

How to Easily Declutter Your Garden Spaces

40 Bags in 40 Days is a wonderful system to help declutter your home, click on the link to learn more. Gardens can get cluttered, too. Like this garden shed, that is storing more spider webs than actually being organized with tools. Or these colorful dollar store buckets, that would look great in the garden. […]

August 22, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Garden Projects, Keeping up with the Joneses  17 Comments

Growing Autumn Decorations in Place

Nobody wants to think about fall in the spring. If you do, though, you can be ready with your own autumn decorations when the weather starts to cool. So with next year in mind, here’s a Pin-worthy post that we think you’ll enjoy. The photos above are of our gardens in front of the porch. […]

August 15, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Garden Projects  No Comments

Product Review Update: The Veggie Mold

Last winter we took a look at a product called Veggie Mold. It was too early to try it out then, but now that we have we are quite impressed. We placed the mold over a pretty small cucumber. I remember actually wondering if we should have used the smaller mold, the cuke looked so […]

July 31, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Gardening People, Places & Things  No Comments

How to Avoid the Need for Insecticides

Consider: Insecticides kill bugs. Good bugs as well as bad bugs. Organic insecticides kill bugs. Good bugs and bad bugs. Insecticides should be avoided, and by all means when used, used properly. Here’s the thing. Some gardeners make the assumption that if an insecticide is organic, it is okay to use with abandon. It isn’t […]

July 19, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Preparedness & Green Living, Techniques & Issues  2 Comments

Confession #77 The Parsnips Monster

Okay, so what began as a simple experiment has gotten out of hand, I admit. The bed pictured was thinned dramatically in the spring, enough to even plant some kohlrabi in one area. But the parsnips just kept coming. Not only did they spring up in the bed, as you can see they grew outside […]

July 5, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Addiction, How to Grow, Root Veggies, The Experiments  3 Comments

6 Ways to Deal with High Egg Prices

If you listen or read the news at all, you have most likely come across at least one story about rising egg prices. It is, of course, the end result of the avian flu. The spread of this disease means many chickens kept for farmed egg laying are being slaughtered. Some grocery stores are even […]

June 13, 2015  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Backyard Chickens, Gardening People, Places & Things, Keeping up with the Joneses  3 Comments