• feeding the birds, bird eating birdseed in snow
    In the Garden

    Top 5 Things To Do In Your Garden In December

    We’ll start each month with a list of the top 5 things you should do outside in your yard to keep your garden healthy, your property looking great, and your mind free from worry!  Keep in mind that we are writing from zone 7b and our experience lies in zones 6 and 7, but the majority of these tasks will be applicable for most gardens, especially those that experience the change of seasons.  Here are the top 5 things you should do in your garden this month: 1. If the ground isn’t frozen where you are, you can feel free to still plant perennials, shrubs, and trees. 2. Prune and…

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    In the Family

    Top 5 Things To Do With Your Family in December

    Each month, we would like to throw out some activity ideas you may want to use to get your family together and ideally outside, active, or, at the minimum, away from technology. Most of the ideas will be for families of all ages.  If you have no nearby family, get your friends together. Lifestyles are becoming too sedentary and people are becoming too self-absorbed (in my very own opinion, ha ha). One of our goals with this website is to bring people together, and spending time with family and/or friends is one of life’s greatest joys. Because it is the holiday season, most of this month’s ideas are based on…

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    In the Family,  In the Garden

    Gardeners Will Love These Gift Ideas

    Are you shopping for a gardener?  This time of year it is hard to look outside and get inspiration and ideas for gardeners. Luckily for you, gardening is what we do year round, so we’ve got some gift ideas for gardeners in your life! NOTE: Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links, which means if you click on these links and make a purchase, Garden Shack Farm will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  We only recommend items we love, and we appreciate your support in this way! MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION A gardening magazine is a wonderful tool for inspiration and education, especially in…

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    On the Road

    Why Camper Camping Is The Best Way To Travel

    My husband and I each have fond childhood memories of traveling the east coast with our individual families. My family always stayed in motels or with friends, and his family traveled with a truck camper. He may or may not have stories of laying on the overhead bed, looking out the front window while riding down the road at 55 miles per hour…. From the time I met him, he has talked about camper camping being the best way to travel. We traveled sporadically before we had kids, but once my father passed away, we suddenly realized how short life is.  We made enjoying life together a priority. At the…

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    In the Garden

    Must-Have Plant of the Month: Winterberry Holly

    Each month we will focus on a must-have plant that we recommend to our readers. This month, we are loving the Winterberry Holly! Ilex verticillata is also known as black alder, false alder, fever bush, coralberry, Canada holly, and winterberry holly. It is native to eastern North America and in the wild, you will find it growing happily in wetlands areas. If you have a wet area where not much else will grow, this could be a great option. It can also grow in average soils. Winterberry holly can grow anywhere from 3 feet to 15 feet tall, and the width varies widely as well. It is easy to grow,…

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    On the Farm

    Why You Need To Have Backyard Chickens

    If you follow us on social media, you KNOW we have chickens. (If you don’t follow us, why not? 😉 We do post about other things too!) Having backyard chickens is a subject a mere five years ago I knew nothing about. Now I could talk for hours about having chickens! It all started with our 11-year-old son who was allergic to eggs but completely fascinated by them (yes, that is his personality… heaven help us!). He wanted to get chickens and sell their eggs. We had just moved to our farm and planned to open the nursery, so we thought why not sell eggs as well? We did some research,…

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    In the Family

    Best Gift Ideas To Inspire People To Get Active

    ‘Tis the season for people everywhere to start thinking about what to buy those special (and not-so-special) someones on their list. Everywhere you look you’ll be bombarded with annoying advertisements for “the hottest” gifts around. I usually try to encourage people to give gifts of their time or talent because everyone seems to have plenty of stuff junking up the space around them. Additionally, experiences (especially shared experiences) actually make people happier than things do. But it’s more difficult to put together a gift of time, and it’s a process.  You can’t just wrap up an experience and hand it over. You still have to follow through, and people are…

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    In the Garden

    How To Keep Perennials Alive Over the Winter

    Want to keep your perennials in containers alive through the winter?  They are definitely easier to kill than their counterparts in the ground. The ground insulates and protects plants more than a container does. If you would like to keep your potted perennials for next year we’ve got tips that should help you. Choose the right pot for perennials The bigger the pot, the more likely you will be successful overwintering. This is because there is a larger volume of soil in a bigger container to help insulate the roots, which protects them from freezing and desiccating. Be sure the container material can withstand freezing temperatures. Water plants before the…

  • In the Garden

    Top 5 Things To Do In Your Garden In November

    We’ll start each month with a list of the top 5 things you should do outside in your garden that month to keep your garden healthy, your property looking great, and your mind free from worry!  It can be a source of stress when your yard is overrun with weeds or leaves, but your outdoor space should be just the opposite. One of our main goals here is to inspire and help you to make your outdoor space the place you want to spend the most time, the place you can get away from all the mind pollution the world is throwing at you, your escape. We also want it…

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    In the Garden

    7 Reasons Why You Need To Have A Garden

    Can you believe it’s the middle of autumn?  Looking outside at my brown garden I can!  Perhaps you, like me, welcome the change of all the seasons, and you are ready to relax in front of a fire and not worry about weeding. Maybe you have never considered having a garden to begin with and you have no idea what you’re missing. Possibly gardening is your favorite activity and/or you are already missing homegrown vegetables (I am!)  Or, perhaps, you’ve tried to grow a garden and feel like you’ve failed miserably. Whatever situation you are in, you should start thinking about having a garden as soon as Mother Nature will…