October —- Our Deep Exhale of the Year.

As October arrives, I have been truly reflecting on this garden season and realizing I am starting to process some of the pandemic. Every October we go through a chance to do this and last year I had no grounds or ability to assess myself well enough. I was nearly 1 year into being a […]

Fall the Dinner Hour of the Year

I read the other day about how Fall is the dinner hour of the year. There is this rush to complete the meal and get it on the table. We gather. We bring everything together. We then end the season gathered around a table (however that may look in these times with Covid), but my […]

How to Create a DIY Chicken Waterer

chicken waterer diy

There are many great chicken waterers out there but we have found that this diy chicken waterer is without a doubt the easiest and most affordable way to keep your chickens with fresh water. You don’t need much and in fact it is incredibly easy to create for almost anyone. Creating a simple DIY Chicken […]

How to Compost

how to compost

Composting is one of the easiest and simplest ways we can make an impact on the environment. Learning how to compost is just as easy as well. Easily learn everything you need to get composting quickly and easily. It took time to really get the hang of composting but when you do it is very […]

What to Feed Chickens

What to Feed Chickens

Raising healthy backyard chickens is all about what you feed them. Knowing what to feed chickens is essential to their health and to your health as their owner if you are enjoying their eggs. So we gathered up a large list of what to feed chickens for you. Chickens can eat a lot more than […]

Easy and Delicious Grilled Corn Salad Recipe

This Grilled Corn Salad recipe is one of our favorite meals in our home. Every single person is filling their plates with this in the heart of summer, but whether it is summer or not you can make this delicious salad any time of year. There is nothing that says summer more than grilled corn […]

What to Plant in September

What to Plant in September ---- September Garden

Just because fall is right around the corner doesn’t mean you are done planting. The garden is still grooving and many things will thrive in this newly cool air MUCH better than those warm days of July. Not everything likes summer, so here is the list of what to plant in September in your garden.  […]

Easily Learn How and When To Harvest Potatoes

How and When to Harvest Potatoes as a Beginner

Knowing when to harvest potatoes and how is incredible and easy. The potato plants are happy to show and tell you exactly when you can harvest your potatoes. The part of growing your own potatoes are all the potato varieties you have as an option. Not only are potatoes easy to grow from seed potatoes […]

How to Build a DIY Compost Bin That is Easy and Beautiful

Compost Bin Idea

Learn how to build a DIY Compost Bin with this easy tutorial that identifies the best way to create a compost bin out of scraps of wood from past projects. This simple and beautiful DIY Compost Bin will make a great addition to your garden this year.  For many people with home gardens having a […]

Homemade Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe

TOmatillo Salsa Recipe

Use your fresh tomatillos at the peak of the season from your garden or farmers market to create this super easy homemade salsa verde recipe that makes it incredibly easy to enjoy a delicious tart and bright flavored salsa any time of the year.  This tomatillo recipe can easily be frozen to save for winter […]

Learning to Live Imperfectly Through Our Garden

Woman in garden in the summer with sunflowers

There was a time I valued everything in its right place. A time I believed that my value in my work, my creativity, my income, my career were all placed on things being just so. I sort of thrived in this. I was a lifestyle blogger. One that needed to show a room finished with […]

How to Dry Basil – Using An Oven or Dehydrator

Green and Purple Basil

Basil is incredibly easy to save in many ways but drying is one of the simplest ways to save your basil for long-term storage. This is the simplest and easiest way to dry basil quickly to enjoy well past summer.  When the garden is abundant, especially if you took the challenge of growing an herb […]

How to Freeze Zucchini

How to Freeze Zucchini with No Waste | Fresh Exchange

You can easily learn how to freeze zucchini with this method of shredding them and placing in jars for putting away for the winter. It thaws easily and is great in soups, smoothies, and baked goods all winter long! At some point, we get tired of all the zucchini so today I am going to […]

What to Plant in August – Zones 4 – 6

melons growing in a no-till garden

Here is everything you can plant in August in your garden in hardiness zones 4 – 6. August is the perfect time to plant fall crops and vegetables that love a little heat and then the cold.  Yes, there is plenty of time to still plant in zones 5 & 6. Here is what to […]

The Story of Buying Land in Leelanau + Tips That Were Helpful

Everything We Learned When Choosing Our Land in Leelanau County, Michigan

It was almost 5 years ago that we purchased our land in Leelanau County, Michigan. I realized we haven’t really told a concise story on how it came about, the things we looked for, and the things we learned through the process. Some things have changed since we purchased but we learned a ton through […]

Are Tomato Cages Necessary? – The Best DIY Tomato Cage Alternative

Alternatives to Tomato Cages

You can easily go without tomato cages in your garden. In fact, tomato cages aren’t necessary at all and here is what I use as my tomato cage alternative in my garden.  You do not need tomato cages. This is not a popular opinion, but it is true. Tomato cages are one of the most […]

How to Know When to Harvest Garlic

How to Know When to Harvest Garlic from your Garden

Knowing when to harvest garlic can be kind of tricky. Just like potatoes or carrots, there can be a lot of mixed ways of knowing when to harvest garlic. The cloves are planted deep in late October and then we wish them well till they spring forth in March so when do we know when […]

The Best Sauteéd Zucchini with Herb Pesto

Pesto Zucchini Recipe - Vegan and Simple

This simple sautéed zucchini recipe will become your favorite without a doubt. All you need is a really hot pan and some fresh garden cut herbs for the rough pesto to make this the best sautéed zucchini you have ever had. This easy sautéed zucchini recipe is a simple way to enjoy the abundance of […]

The Top Ways to Keep Deer Out of The Garden

Top Ways to Keep Deer out of the Garden

Keeping deer out of your garden can be quite tricky whether you live in the city or the country. With increasing deer populations we are seeing more and more issues with deer in urban areas. As a result, our gardens are seeing the damage, but deterring deer naturally is quite easy with the right plants […]

Best Traverse City Restaurants – Farm Club

Farm Club - Best Restaurants in Traverse City, Michigan

Leelanau County and Traverse City, Michigan have long been known for their food. From the orchards, the vineyards, the farms…agriculture is a HUGE part of life in northern Michigan. In fact, it is one of the largest employers in this area of Michigan. But what is beautiful is watching how it is captured by restaurants […]

8 Best Tomato Companion Plants – To Ward Off Pests

Tomato Companion Planting Design and plan to ward off hornworms.

Tomato companion plants are some of my favorites to play within our garden. Not only is companion planting fun and creates a gorgeous garden, but it also lowers your chances of dealing with pests and depleted soil throughout the season. By bringing in companion plants you can not create hospital environments for a variety of […]

How to Build The Best Chicken Coop – Top Ideas to Consider

How to Build the best Chicken coop for backyard chickens - Large Custom Coop Design

Discover how to build the best chicken coop yourself with our chicken coop plans which give you the perfect design to DIY your own chicken house for your flock. We thought through every bit custom building the best coop possible.  How you build your chicken coop is one of the most important things you will […]

Self-Care Ideas with Randi Kay

Simple Self-Care Ideas to Make self-care really easy.

Self-care is a hot topic these days and I personally have been learning in the past year as a new mom of 2 and while being thrust into a pandemic at the same time, just how important it is to think about self-care. Unfortunately, though self-care has a lot of baggage with it especially for […]

How to Actually Grow a Kitchen Herb Garden Confidently

How to Grow an Herb Garden Successfully - Fresh Exchange

An herb garden is one of the simplest and most rewarding gardens to grow and you can actually grow one and feel super confident about it! It is simpler and easier than you would think. No matter your skill level or the space you have an herb garden is an option for you! I am […]