Welcome! For those of you who followed Nora and me at Sleepy Dog Farm (http://sleepydogfarm.blogspot.com/) over the past couple of years, this is a spin-off blog. We started our adventure in North Country in May 2011 with the exciting notion of becoming “homesteaders.” Now, almost 5 years later, we’re still living on our small farm with our dogs, hens, ducks and sheep, and a multitude of local wildlife. The 5 or so acres immediately surrounding our 1860s farmhouse, now feature a sheep pasture, small orchard, potager and, at last count, 6 separate garden spaces with mixed borders. The additional 130+ acres of woods and wetlands remain a wildlife haven.
Although less focused on the many skills and heirloom crafts that true homesteading requires, I remain passionate about gardening and, some would say, obsessed with climate change and the careless, systematic destruction by humanity of our planet. As such, my gardening has a decidedly organic (i.e., no pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers of any kind) and wildlife friendly bent to it. Since I also garden in one of the less hospitable climates in the U.S. – dancing playfully between zones 3 and 4 – I also stay clear of exotics and tender perennials. I don’t have a greenhouse in which to baby such needy plants. So only the hardiest of varieties find their way into my gardens.
This blog is my gardening journal, and will no doubt also become the forum for my political rants about climate change and our need, as a society, to move away from rampant consumerism. Consider yourself forewarned.