We had below 0 temperatures last week but this week it feels like spring has sprung!
We put on the many hats that a smallholder/homesteader wears on a daily basis – from milk maid to permaculture designer, from poultry keeper to marker gardener and goat herder!
We put down more tarps in the market garden and discuss the effect of using landscape fabric on the soil plus till or no till.
Rosa trims the goat kids’ hooves for the first time and James clears out the chicken house and introduces the nest boxes we use made by CHICKBOX. And we have our first garden beers of the year!

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  • Kirsten Whitworth

    One of the best ways to preserve jalapenos is to smoke them – that turns them into chipotles. You can then either dry them or preserve them in a sauce called adobo.
    Most chiles are tender perennials. When I moved from Texas to Washington State (that is from the 30th parallel to the 48th parallel), I started growing mine in cloth bags outside during the warmer part of the year (its usually about 15° – 18 ° C, or 60°-65° F in the summer here), but take them inside during the cold. The peppers usually grow much larger the second year. I was told that I would have a hard time growing chili here, but I use a thermal mass to help them along. My Poblano plants are now 2 years old; the chiles are about 4-5 times larger this year – that is, last year the fruits were walnut sized, and this year they are as big as my hand. If you had another high tunnel, you might try growing them as biennials or short-lived perennials in the tunnel.

  • Paul Cambre

    Another great vid! We loved that sunshine down here in Lancaster last week as well. Saw a few types of tarps and just wanted to check what you are using? Spotted landscape fabric and either a silage tarp or heavy gauge black poly. Not sure which. If silage tarp who is your supplier up there? Oh and the Chickbox is pretty cool. Something new to me. Thanks!

  • Natacha Yearwood

    Hello! I am living in NYC, planning my homestead in Texas. I am new to you channel but I just wanted to say I love watching you both. I get such great ideas already! And your market garden is fabulous. Thank you for sharing.

  • Benni L

    A really enjoyable video. You are really good at it and you spread a good mood in the videos. The music is also to enjoy.
    It must be good to be busy with the work for the spring already.

  • Open Gate Farmstead

    Very interested in your silvopasture system. We are trying something very similar with our existing trees here in NNY! Will be checking back in for sure! Also, those nesting boxes are designed so well!

  • Erin S. Bailey

    The advice for lilacs in the midwest is to take out the old wood (which rots away, shades the new growth, and places the blooms too high for close bloom) and keep the young stems coming up to replace the older taller ones like any other shrub rejuvination pruning method– never letting thick trunks form. Immediately after bloom we are told to remove one third of the oldest wood and leave all the suckers– every year. I agree a tree form is a prettier habit, but having abundant bloom as well as greater health and longevity makes up for that loss. Is it just a midwest climate thing? Have you heard of this?

  • hanthouse

    there's nothing that can compare to old well established, well trimmed lilacs. they smell like heaven when they bloom. also gives your garden personality and maturity. love that you are trying to save them

  • Sweet Stuff

    My poor little lilac finally bloomed for the first time after planting cuttings from my MIL years ago. Then after that, that entire branch plus a few others got a fungus or something (was covered in a whitish substance) and the leaves turned brown and the branch died. We cut them out but I guess I need to get some copper spray to help it out, or so I understand from the Internet anyway. It happened to my neighbors' too. =(

    Your lilac looks so much better. I wondered, in the video where you had the oaks removed, why you didn't go ahead and have them remove that elm while they were there because of that branch falling while you were taping a while back. That thing is dangerous!

  • deezie

    love your videos But I was shocked to see a commercial* You have never had commercials in your videos and that is what made you my favorite. so sorry you are doing what everyone else is doing and putting one in the middle of a video

  • Severen Koski

    I too inherited several old & uncared for lilacs. I cut away at them after they bloomed this past Spring. I had no choice and cut so much off that I may not see blooms next year, I didn't have many to begin with. No I struggle to get rid of them and plant new ones, or see if the care and food I gave them will help.

  • Vi McShannon

    Actually lilacs will live very long. A third of the older stems should be pruned out regularly. And the new growth allowed to grow and bloom the next year. Definitely need to take that one and the other one out as they haven’t been and the old stems are rotting in place, with no real new growth coming.