Year Round Gardening Series

Hi guys!!  Welcome to Stoney Acres.  We have been given the awesome opportunity to participate in a great round robin called the 30 Ways of Homesteading!  For those of you that are new to Stoney Acres we are big on year round gardening.  You can find something growing in our garden 365 days a year; spring, summer, fall and WINTER!!  So our contribution to the 30 ways of Homesteading is a whole series of posts on year round gardening.  Once you have read our post be sure to check out all the other great posts from the round robin below my post!

The approach of summer actually means it’s time to start thinking about your winter gardens.  We love gardening in the winter, it’s so nice to be able to head out to the garden on a snowy day and open the cold frames or hoop house and harvest veggies!  The first year I started writing on Stoney Acres I wrote a 9 part series on winter gardening that is applicable to anyone that lives in Zones 3 to 7.  For the last couple of years I have re-posted that series in July and August.  This year to celebrate the 30 Ways of Homesteading I thought I’d just give all of you that haven’t read the series a list of the posts that you can link to and read:

  1. Year Round Gardening Series Part 1 – Introduction
  2. Year Round Gardening Series Part 2 – Bed Preparation
  3. Year Round Gardening Series Part 3 – Crop Selection
  4. Year Round Gardening Series Part 4 – Additional Crop Selections
  5. Year Round Gardening Series Part 5 – Planting Times
  6. Year Round Gardening Series Part 6 – Cold Frame Construction
  7. Year Round Gardening Series Part 7 – Hoop Houses
  8. Year Round Gardening Series Part 8 – Cold Frame Management
  9. Year Round Gardening Series Part 9 – Harvesting & Wrap up


Year Round Gardening Series

Please don’t laugh at the pictures in this series, it’s been on my list for a while to go back and update the photos now that I have a better camera, but I haven’t had time.  I hope you find the series helpful for your Winter Garden plans!!  While your here be sure to like Stoney Acres on Facebook, follow us on twitter and Pinterest and Subscribe to our email news letter!!

30 Ways of Homesteading

The Prepared Bloggers Network is at it again! We’re glad you’ve found us, because the month of April is all about homesteading.

Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by growing your own food, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may even involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale. Most importantly homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make.

The Prepared Bloggers are passionate about what they do and they each have their own way of achieving self-sufficiency. Grab your favorite drink and enjoy reading about the 30 Ways of Homesteading!

Crops on the Homestead

Straw Bale Gardening from PreparednessMama

Crop Rotation for the Backyard Homesteader from Imperfectly Happy

Benefits of Growing Fruit from SchneiderPeeps

Succession Planting: More Food in the Same Space from 104 Homestead

Crops to Grow for Food Storage from Grow A Good Life

Winter Gardening Series from Our Stoney Acres

How To Build a Raised Garden Bed For Under $12 from Frugal Mama and The Sprout

How to Save Carrot Seeds from Food Storage and Survival

Animals on the Homestead

Getting Your Bees Started from Game and Garden

Homesteading How-To: Bees from Tennessee Homestead

How to Get Ready for Chicks from The Homesteading Hippy

Selecting a Goat Breed for Your Homestead from Chickens Are a Gateway Animal

Adding New Poultry and Livestock from Timber Creek Farm

Beekeeping 101: 5 Things To Do Before Your Bees Arrive from Home Ready Home

How to Prepare for Baby Goats from Homestead Lady

How to Prevent and Naturally Treat Mastitis in the Family Milk Cow from North Country Farmer

Tips to Raising Livestock from Melissa K. Norris

Raising Baby Chicks – Top 5 Chicken Supplies from Easy Homestead

Making the Homestead Work for You – Infrastructure

Ways to Homestead in a Deed Restricted Community from Blue Jean Mama

Building a Homestead from the Ground Up from Beyond Off Grid

DIY Rainwater Catchment System from Survival Prepper Joe

Finding Our Homestead Land from Simply Living Simply

I Wish I Was A Real Homesteader by Little Blog on the Homestead

Endless Fencing Projects from Pasture Deficit Disorder

Essential Homesteading Tools: From Kitchen To Field from Trayer Wilderness

Homesteading Legal Issues from The 7 P’s Blog

Why We Love Small Space Homesteading In Suburbia from Lil’ Suburban Homestead

Preserving and Using the Bounty from the Homestead

How to Dehydrate Corn & Frozen Vegetables from Mom With a Prep

How to Make Soap from Blue Yonder Urban Farms

How to Render Pig Fat from Mama Kautz

How to Make Your Own Stew Starter from Homestead Dreamer

Why You Should Grow and Preserve Rhubarb! from Living Life in Rural Iowa

It’s a Matter of Having A Root Cellar…When You Don’t Have One from A Matter of Preparedness

30 Ways of Homesteading


  1. Daphne July 18, 2014 4:27 am Reply

    I’ve found winter gardening here almost impossible, so I’ve given up on it. There just isn’t sun here in the winter. All the neighboring houses block it. There is sun in the circle garden, but the snow comes off the roof with a vengeance (even breaking our glass table one winter). I’m sure a cold frame would not survive.

  2. tessa – Homestead Lady July 23, 2014 9:26 pm Reply

    Thank you for making this info easily available and for sharing it on Green Thumb Thursday! We chose you as our featured article this week. We hope to see you this week!

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