It has been a whirlwind of activity here on The Curious Road homestead this spring and summer. Just like the different seasons of growing, the activities we focus on at our homestead vary with the weather. Here are some exciting updates about our gardens, preserving food for the winter, and our two new family members! Continue reading Summer 2015 Homestead Updates
These are the steps I used for planting fruit trees in our yard to create a sort of “backyard orchard.” I have wanted to plant fruit trees since we moved here and we live in a climate that is great for a wide variety of fruit here in the north. This is the Continue reading Planting Fruit Trees
Our raised garden beds from last year did so well that I decided to put in some larger raised garden beds this spring.
This is how I built our larger sized cedar raised gardens. Building these garden beds is a great and simple DIY project that can easily be accomplished in an afternoon.
I chose to make these garden beds larger because Continue reading Large Raised Garden Beds
A three-bin composting system is a wonderful way to create compost and looks attractive. With the wonderful spring weather we have been having I had the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the sunshine with this project. If you are looking for a fun and easy DIY project, a three-bin composting system is a great beginner project. Continue reading Three-Bin Composting
Here in the north, the snow is finally almost gone and seeds have begun to arrive. While we are still a long way from planting in the ground, now is a great time for indoor seed starting for many plants.
Since I am doing my seed starting for our homestead, I decided to write this simple beginner’s guide to starting seeds Continue reading Starting Seeds Indoors
Winter in the north brings many of the homestead activities I have been learning to a halt or crawl. Naturally many of my recent posts have been about robotics and tech but learning about homesteading continues in the cold winter months. Here are how some of the homesteading activities have been doing in these cold winter months. Continue reading Winter Homestead Update
After a couple days of rain the weather cleared and it was time to finish building the greenhouse. On the agenda for the day were finishing the door frame, building the door, covering the greenhouse with greenhouse film, and securing the greenhouse film. Continue reading Greenhouse Part 2
The gardens are put to bed for the long Michigan winters and I am missing gardening. One of the things I have seen consistently in this area when visiting small farms is the use of hoop style greenhouses. These inexpensive structures Continue reading Greenhouse Part 1