How cold is your climate? (Part 2): Microclimate

The previous post looked at two different pieces of information that can greatly benefit you in your plant selection: plant hardiness zone and your growing season. This is important information for gardening, but it's not everything you need to know. These tools are limited because they use data from a network of climate stations across … Continue reading How cold is your climate? (Part 2): Microclimate

How cold is your climate? (Part 1) How to Find Your Hardiness Zone and Growing Season

Pop quiz: What makes Earth different from all the other planets that have been discovered so far? Location. Location. Location. We happen to be in this magical Goldilocks-zone of being close enough to the sun to have warm(-ish) temperatures and liquid water—at least at some times of the year across most of the globe. And … Continue reading How cold is your climate? (Part 1) How to Find Your Hardiness Zone and Growing Season

The Cheap and Easy Way I Tap My Maple Trees for Sugaring (video)

Hi everyone! I'm trying something a bit different today. We've been fortunate to have sunny and gorgeous weather around here the past few days, which means that it's time to tap maple trees for sugaring. This is the fifth year that we'll be making maple syrup as part of a community effort that involves three … Continue reading The Cheap and Easy Way I Tap My Maple Trees for Sugaring (video)

Where can I buy gardening seeds?

Someone recently asked me where they should go to get garden seeds. Fortunately, there is no shortage of places where you can buy high-quality garden seed—in fact, it is more likely that you will have trouble deciding among the many options that are out there! If you’re bitten by the gardening bug, you may end … Continue reading Where can I buy gardening seeds?

Accessible Raised Garden Beds

A few years ago, I enlisted some friends to design and build two raised garden beds* for a local nursing home. The goal was to design a raised bed that would be easily accessible for elderly people who were working while standing or seated. I haven't given this a lot of thought since then, but … Continue reading Accessible Raised Garden Beds

Make Maple Syrup (Part 3): The Boil

Now that you’ve tapped your trees and collected sap, it’s time to make syrup! The General Process Boiling sap down to syrup sounds pretty easy—and it is—but there are a few things to be ready for in advance. First, it takes a lot of sap to make syrup. An average yield is about 40 gallons … Continue reading Make Maple Syrup (Part 3): The Boil

Make Maple Syrup (Part 2): Tap Trees

As the days creep toward days above freezing, it’s time to tap trees and start collecting maple sap. In the previous post, you lined up the supplies that you’ll need: spiles, a cordless drill, a bit, containers, and a few other things. Find the Trees Of course, you’ll start by finding trees to tap. While … Continue reading Make Maple Syrup (Part 2): Tap Trees