Monthly Book Giveaway - February 2023

The Garden Blogs

Yes - you can make bread in just three hours. You can make bread that looks and tastes like sourdough But you can’t make SOURDOUGH bread in just 3 hours because … SOURDOUGH IS A PROCESS  Sourdough is a process of developing and feeding wild yea
This week, I ordered some stoneground, organic, LOCAL bread flour from 1847.ca and I am so excited! Excited … “but” … but there is a learning curve, which I wasn’t expecting.  This flour makes the smoothest, strongest (I think that’s the word) dou
I want to buy local I want to buy organic And I’d love to find a local mill that offered stone-ground, organic flour made from local grains. Enter: 1847.ca The 1847 mill is just an hour and a half away in Ferguson Ontario, definitely drivable for m
I forgot the salt ! If you have watched anyone talking about the need for salt in sourdough bread you will hear them say that bread without salt is just plain yucky to eat. First, let’s backtrack in my story.  Digestion I can eat my sourdough bre
Winter’s last kick at the can, one last heavy ice and snow storm, wreaked havoc on my Hoophouse … it had done so well up to this point. We had a lot of ice and snow and I forgot to go clear the roof of the Hoophouse … The frame is now bent and twi
Winter’s last kick at the can, one last heavy ice and snow storm, wreaked havoc on my Hoophouse … it had done so well. We had a lot of ice and snow and I forgot to go clear the roof it the Hoophouse … The frame is now bent and twisted from the wei
Saving on heating bills, our kitchen now sits at a not-so-comfortable 58F If I’m not liking it, what about those microbes, the yeast, in my sourdough feeling? When I started this journey, back when my kitchen was warm, I was creating two sourdough
Back in 1997, I wrote a poem.. or spirit wrote a poem through me, through my pen. The poem was about a shift that was happening for me and I was aching to understand what it was, who I was, and who I was to be. I knew the answers were inside me; I
Well, spring is fast approaching and this will be the first year planning for a spring garden in my Hoophouse.  “The learning curve is real” The seed packets say “6-8 weeks before last frost” … but the hoophouse frost is going to have a different ti
[643F3FF2-4667-43C9-BC75-42D4FEB15ED9.png] …in the pronoun “we”, “I” Those words are so powerful and have changed or validated and heightened my commitment to gardening. “We” are the plants and insects and microbiome of the soil and the wind and t
I recently read something or watched a video (sorry; I don’t remember the source) and the person spoke about gardening in terms of “giving and receiving” vs “taking”. The homesteading mindset is definitely connected to the process of giving and rece
It’s February 14th (Happy Valentines Day) I’m in zone 5b (with the last frost date around May 24th) And we are in the middle of a false spring - and it is lovely! But … is it too early to start some seeds? [12C7A41A-E150-4B69-B2D8-163ECB240DFD.png]