Tips

No-Waste Goat Feeder

No-Waste Goat Feeder

We love our rescue goats. Seriously, we love them. Each has their own distinct personality, their own look, their own endearing qualities. Goats are awesome. But all three of them share one terrible trait: they are profligate hay wasters.  Half of any given hay bale […]

February Monthly Garden Checklist

February Monthly Garden Checklist

Things are still dark, damp and chilly here in the Seattle area, but we love February because it’s the first month where we actually start seeds. For this month’s Garden Checklist, onions and shallots are on deck, as are sweet peas, beans, and kale. Depending on […]

Easy Hay Transport

Easy Hay Transport

Our animal feed needs are fairly modest. We have goats & chickens, a dog and some barn cats. No horses. No llamas. No iguanas. Most serious farm-types end up needing lots of hay, and will often have a truckful delivered and stored for the season. […]

How To Plan Garden Crop Rotations

How To Plan Garden Crop Rotations

Garden crop rotation is an easy bit of insurance to buy in your home edible garden. “Rotation” in this context means not growing the same family of crops in the same spot year after year, instead moving the location each season to prevent the buildup […]

Tips for Cheesemaking

Tips for Cheesemaking

After a couple of years of trial and error, we’ve discovered a few tips that seems to make our cheesemaking adventures go as smoothly as possible. You are going to find lots of great recipes and books, but if you want our top tips for […]

How To Build a Landscaping Screen for Your A/C Unit

How To Build a Landscaping Screen for Your A/C Unit

When we moved into our farm house last year, we quickly realized that that the oustide A/C unit and propane tanks were on our most-used path in or out of the house. We literally walk by these things 8-12 times a day. Don’t get me […]

Seed Suppliers for the Pacific Northwest

Seed Suppliers for the Pacific Northwest

As I note in my January Garden Monthly Checklist, one of the first things you want to do when you start planning your garden is to build a wish list of all the wonderful plants you are going to grow. Even if you have no interest […]

January Monthly Garden Checklist

January Monthly Garden Checklist

I don’t think there is a more optimistic human being than the vegetable gardener with a pile of new seed catalogs, pouring through them in the dark depths of winter. All futures are verdant, bright, and perfect. Sigh. January is all about preparation, planning and […]

Why We Love Paprika for Recipe and Meal Planning

Why We Love Paprika for Recipe and Meal Planning

 For years, we have used Paprika as our primary recipe software for managing the complexities meal planning: finding and saving recipes, mapping out your meals for the week, calculating how much you need to buy, and even grocery shopping. We’ve streamlined our workflow over the years, […]