Merry Christmas from The Red Tree Homestead!

This Christmas season is upon us and is like no other that we have seen before! Globally, we have seen a myriad of tragedy, sickness and hate. This year has been both sad and strange to say the least. As we enter a period where we are accustomed to meeting and celebrating with friends andContinue reading “Merry Christmas from The Red Tree Homestead!”

What is Homesteading?

Between being back at work and Christmas crafting in full swing, it is difficult to find the time to write. But I wanted to take a few minutes to address a question. What is homesteading? I have been seeing this question more frequently on Facebook groups and forums. Some argue a strict definition which excludesContinue reading “What is Homesteading?”

The Chickens are here!

Our chickens arrived last week! Liam has enjoyed going to visit his grandparents almost every day for the last week as he gets to play with chickens. We finished the coop and run just in time for some of the new tenants to move in. The build was designed for 12 hens and the firstContinue reading “The Chickens are here!”

Homesteading? How did I get here?

My father recently said to me that he never expected to have a farmer in the family. To this, I replied, “I never expected to be the farmer in the family.” Growing up, my interests always had me around the water whether it was working at the pool or surfing. My future plans had meContinue reading “Homesteading? How did I get here?”

What is permaculture?

Last year was my first adventure into a larger garden and I spent an enormous amount of time fighting different pests and babysitting each plant. Throughout the winter, I noticed a trend in YouTube gardening videos that came with a buzzword: permaculture. It seemed that this permaculture idea had everyone excited and some of theContinue reading “What is permaculture?”

May 2020 Update

Today, I just want to give a bit of an update as to what we have accomplished this year, what we are working on now, and a small glimpse into what we are hoping to do this year. So what have we done and what are we doing… This year, we have seen a muchContinue reading “May 2020 Update”

How to: Build a raised garden bed

Gardening season is fast approaching as the weather continues to warm up! The flowers are beginning to bloom, including the dandelions (which are great for our pollinator friends). We are hoping to be transplanting our seedlings in the next week or so! Raised garden beds are a staple for urban gardens. Although not required, raisedContinue reading “How to: Build a raised garden bed”

How To: Gardening before the last frost

Well I promised some how-to posts so here we go!  One of the questions I frequently get is “what are you growing already in your garden?” This year alone, I have been asked that question since mid-march. So lets take a look at some cool-weather crops that can be grown year round; using the rightContinue reading “How To: Gardening before the last frost”