Homestead

Summer 2015 homestead gardens

Summer 2015 Homestead Updates

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!

Cattle panel trellis arches

Cattle Panel Trellises

I recently added some cattle panel trellises to my large raised garden beds. Cattle panels are an attractive and long lasting item to use to build many styles of trellis. This is a simple two step

newly planted fruit trees

Planting Fruit Trees

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

three-bin composting

Three-Bin Composting

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.

winter DIY greenhouse

Winter Homestead Update

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.

Vermicomposting bin with worms

Vermicomposting

Mid November and the compost tumblers are already frozen solid.  I want to keep composting through winter and I had been meaning to figure out vermicomposting so there was only one thing to do. Build a worm bin!

Finished hoop style greenhouse

Greenhouse Part 2

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.

Greenhouse frame

Greenhouse Part 1

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