Composting with worms at the Cottage

Many of us have tried composting at the cottage, but are fearful of attracting bears or other animals to our compost piles. An exceptional alternate to composting outside is to Vermi-compost indoors all year long. Vermi-composting has become popular among backyard gardeners, urban farmers, and homesteaders looking to raise worms for personal use or to supplement a homesteading income. Continue reading “Composting with worms at the Cottage”

Restoring some old paddles found at the cottage!

Whilst rummaging around the cottage shed I came across two paddles, they were showing their age, as the wood was discoloured and varnish was peeling off, structurally they were no longer as sound as they once were.  What was I to do? use them in the boats in case of an emergency? discard them? No – I thought to myself with a little time and effort I can bring these paddles back to life and at the same time bringing some Canadiana back into my cottage. Continue reading “Restoring some old paddles found at the cottage!”

Good Cottage Neighbors – cherish what you have!

 With every passing day we become more dependent on our electronics and gadgets to get us through our everyday life. While I agree that with technology there comes some advancements in how we live our lives, we cannot ever replace the bonds and intangibles that having a good neighbor at the cottage brings you. Continue reading “Good Cottage Neighbors – cherish what you have!”

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

While stand up paddling may have developed in various places around the world, It’s more modern form originated on the beaches of Hawaii but now stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has spread around the world. The popularity in this sport that combines surfing and kayaking is something to be amazed at as it is the fastest growing watersports on the planet! Continue reading “Stand Up Paddle Boarding”

Dandelions – Friend or Foe?

It is springtime, and with the onset of longer days, warmer weather, we inevitably get dandelions infesting our lawns,  and gardens.  Whether you like them or hate them for what they are, you must admit they are adaptable, hardy and proliferate quickly. Many of us consider Dandelions a weed but consider the following facts before plucking them from your cottage. Dandelion Facts: Dandelion is a common … Continue reading Dandelions – Friend or Foe?

Mail Order Nurseries – Getting the right plants for your garden

Seven years ago I began my journey as a cottage owner north of Huntsville, Ontario. At the time I did not know that I had been bitten by the gardening bug, a very insidious disease. Once the disease takes hold victims feel a compulsion to spend much of their free time digging in the dirt and using their money to buy plants and seeds. Continue reading “Mail Order Nurseries – Getting the right plants for your garden”

Learn the do’s and don’ts of how to correctly manage your firewood

There are few things more enjoyable than sitting by a wood-burning stove or fireplace during the bitter cold of winter. The warmth, comfort and homey feel it can bring is enjoyable, but is not without some effort. You need to be very cognizant of how, and where you store your firewood, and what to do when you bring it inside for burning. Below are some tips on what you should be doing to properly enjoying your firewood Continue reading “Learn the do’s and don’ts of how to correctly manage your firewood”

Review – Bradley Original Smoker

A few weeks ago my wife purchased for me a new Bradley Original Smoker from Canadian Tire. I must admit that a never really had the desire to have a smoker, but now that I have one I am more than willing to experiment and see what new culinary adventures this smoker can take me on. I hope that you find my review of Bradley Original Smoker useful. Continue reading “Review – Bradley Original Smoker”

Tips for Winterizing your Cottage for Winters Arrival

Winterizing Your Cottage Winterizing your cottage for winter’s arrival is an important process and can help to avoid a myriad of problems. Irrespective of whether you’ll be stopping by occasionally during the winter months to check on your cottage, or closing it down completely,  the following list will safeguard you against unpleasant surprises. Canoes and Kayaks – Stack canoes and kayaks on sawhorses or on a … Continue reading Tips for Winterizing your Cottage for Winters Arrival