We all know that gardening in a cold climate isn't for the faint of heart. With the threat of a frost as early as the beginning of September, we have to look for techniques to extend our growing season as much as possible, especially if we have unripe tomatoes or peppers in the ground.
To that end, I have two videos for you today: my first video shows how I keep harvesting peppers off of the vines long after the first hard frost hits and my second video shows you my double layer system of covers that helps beat a hard frost.
Enjoy the videos and then let me know (in the comments below) what successes or failures you have had with season extension in the fall!
My family loves garlic, from soups to stir-fries to pasta dishes, we use it all the time in our cooking. Not only that but garlic has great health benefits like boosting the immune system and reducing blood pressure. There was a time when I would shock my friends and relatives by swallowing whole cloves when I felt a cold coming on. Sure enough, it was quite effective, though not good for my social life!
For all of these reasons, I'm always sure to plant an abundance of garlic in the fall. In my short video today, I go over how to plant garlic. Here in Montana, the best time to plant it is in the fall, giving us an extra jump start on the season come early spring. Indeed, garlic sprouts are one of the first flashes of green in the garden after such a long winter.
Enjoy the video and if you have any questions, please ask them in the comments below! And if you like this video, please share it with your friends!
Water is life - this has been a common theme over the past few months and one that we understand inherently as growers of food. Catching and Storing Energy is one of the principles of permaculture and setting up systems on our property that can catch and store water are some of the most important design choices that we can make.
With the rain that we've been having, I took this quick video to show you one of our rainwater harvesting systems in action. The system itself is still unfinished but it gives you a good idea of how to harness this precious and important resource.
How do you harvest rainwater on your property? I would love it if you shared the techniques you use in the comments below or if you have any questions about our system, please let me know!