5 easy vegetables to grow

5 Easy Vegetables to Grow For Anyone

When you first get interested in gardening, it can be a bit overwhelming. Most people remember growing some sort of bean plant in grade school in a little cup. As an adult, you see other people’s gardens and think, I grew that bean plant in elementary school, why not a garden? And then people start talking about growing seasons and soil composition… yah, it can get complicated very quickly. There are some really easy vegetables…

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Hedgetoad Cottage with chickens

What I’m Watching

When Netflix first started, I jumped on it! Finally, I could “rent” a movie and not rack up $30 in late fees because I kept forgetting to take the damn movie back. By that time, I basically never rented movies because of those damn lates. With Netflix, I could the movie for a month and they didn’t care one bit!  Perfect for people like me. And it still is! Now that I have kids, I…

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raised garden bed design

Build A Raised Garden Bed on a Hill

Although I love my house, it’s built on the top of a hill. Great for flood protection; not so great for gardening. And the entire yard is grass and moss (so much moss, so much sadness). Also, not great for gardening. The best option is to build a raised garden bed and terrace them on the slope. It’s a lot of work, but the pay off will be a much more fruitful garden. Eventually, I…

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raising chickens

Moving to the New Coop – Raising Chickens

Since January we’ve been on this adventure in raising chickens. This time last month, we moved our tween-age chickens out to the garage to start preparing for them to move outside full time. Instead of spring though, we got another few weeks of freezing weather and snow! Finally, the weather started warming up. The chicks were rapidly outgrowing their brooder and we moved them outside! They loved it! Spring Storms Two days later we got…

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Getting to Know… Me!

I’ve been writing this for a few months now, so I thought to do something that gave you a little more insight into who I am by answering a few questions. If this is the first time you’ve visited, you can also read my “About Me” page!  On with the questions! When was the last time you cried? This morning. I was reading about Twitter user @GaryScribbler who draws illustrations to document life after the loss…

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Hedgetoad Cottage with chickens

Unique Mother’s Days Gift Ideas for A Unique Mom

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. A quick look at Pinterest shows that projects for Mother’s Day gifts and projects are already trending. Those handmade gifts so cute! Really. I treasure them. You know what else I like? Things I want, but I wouldn’t buy myself because I’m too busy spending money on my family. Isn’t that what most moms do?  This post contains affiliate links. This means that by clicking on the link and…

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Spring Break – Getting My Garden In

This past week, we’ve been on Spring Break. I’ve been watching Facebook posts of all our friends traveling to warm places or cruises. While I love warm places, I haven’t had a single incident of FOMO. Instead, I’ve been catching up with everything that’s been put off outside because of nearly a month a rain. We had a storm system sitting off the coast for what seemed like an eternity. The chickens have been settling…

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live in a small town

5 Reasons You Should Live In A Small Town

Last Summer, we moved to a town of 1600 souls. I chose for us to live in a small town. There is one grocery store, one drug store, one coffee shop and one tavern. Everything but the tavern is closed by 9 pm. It’s at least an hour drive to any city of consequence. In the past, I’ve lived in small towns, suburban towns, major cities and even a megacity. I may still miss all…

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making jam at home

Dreaming of Summer Jam Making

While the chickens are getting settled in their new digs and the garden will soon be turning green, I’m looking forward to summer produce. I know it’s barely April, but June will bring some of the tastiest strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries I’ve eaten ever. You just cannot go back to grocery store berries after that. Just can’t. I have to save that yumminess in jam format. It’s become a must around here. I am not…

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Reviving Old Floors – Peel and Stick Vinyl Flooring

Last summer, I finally got the keys to our new house. Yay! But before we could move in, something had to be done about the floors. There are wood floors in every room. I love this about the house! Unfortunately, only the kitchen and bathrooms had floors that had been replaced or refinished. The rest were in pretty sad shape. In the bedrooms, the wood had been painted over at least three times. To revive…

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