If the drought wasn’t enough, now we have grasshoppers

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I've been noticing way more grasshoppers around this year than normal. And now they're getting bigger, you really notice them as every step you take, you send up a big cloud before you. I...

Finally, spring is here!

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After the second longest winter in northern Minnesota history, spring is finally here. Our temperature today is a sunny 50 and the snow and ice are going away fast. (Usually, we're in the garden...

It is sunny and bright — a perfect Indian summer!

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After seemingly weeks of rain, the sun has finally come out again. And boy, are we making good use of it! David not only cleaned up around his cabin, removing all the stumps, brush,...

We have water!

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When you live off grid, you need to learn to color outside the lines. Our water lines, both from our new well at the barn and our house well, froze and we were without...

We’re still fighting the drought

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The main garden looks great, as we can water it easily from our well. All around the north edge is a band of spreading dogbane. Although it toxic to humans (and dogs), it is...