autumn

Planting garlic with kids

Planting Garlic with Kids: what can grow from soil & cloves

The clouds parted sometime in the night, and we woke yesterday morning to sun.  In the midst of fall rains, the morning reprieve invited us outside for the perfect fall day, and we accepted, garlic seed in hand.   I set to making furrows through composted beds while Waylon played on straw bales.  When the …

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5 Steps to keep critters out of your winter garden

5 Steps to Keep Critters Out of Your Winter Garden

Just a week ago the hillside was alight in orange, yellow, and red. Maples, birches, and ash loudly announcing autumn. Now those leaves are falling to the ground, and its the pines and hemlocks that stand out, their green amidst bare gray limbs and the last brassy orange still hanging onto deciduous branches. It’s another …

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Apple Crisp for Breakfast: a recipe for anytime of day

Fall in Vermont is apple season.   The first week of October, when my mother-in-law was visiting, we went apple picking in Cabot at Burtt’s Orchard, for what’s becoming a family tradition with Gammy.  This year, Waylon actually helped pick the apples, which was good because there were *so many apples.* Up and down the …

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Planting cover crops is one way to put your garden to bed

Putting the garden to bed: 3 steps to help your field rest well

It’s early October and the fall rains have settled in this week, replenishing the land after a hot, dry summer.  As the days shorten and cool, we’re preparing the garden for winter’s rest. We shoot to have all our storage crops harvested by October 15 at the latest, giving us one last window to cover …

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