Blair's Homestead Gardening Blog
Who am I and why am I now writing in LaMar’s blog? Well first off, I have to say that this all started with me buying his e-book on building a cabin and homesteading. There are some really interesting topics in the book and I really like LaMar’s down to earth way of writing. I don’t live in a small cabin but I did build my own woodshop. It too was built on a very tight budget and I used recycled materials to build it. I also have a portable sawmill and was able to save a lot of money by making my own lumber.
I immediately could relate to the ideas and concepts in the book.
My specialty for the blog is primarily vegetable gardening. I have been an avid vegetable gardener my whole life. Even as a boy, I worked the garden with my dad on the ranch. I can’t remember a time in my life that I didn’t have a garden growing somewhere.
There are so many great reasons to get into vegetable gardening. First off, is the savings in money. Food costs are goin g through the roof and they are not getting any better. Second reason would be convenience of having the freshest vegetables available. Third, NO POISONS. I am strictly an organic gardener and I have learned how to combat the garden assassins without chemicals. I won’t even put out bait for rats or mice. It’s not that I have any great love of those critters but I do understand that there is a balance to the whole ecosystem around me. A dying mouse filled with a toxin may be a meal for a hawk or an owl. The same goes for pesticides on our food. You can wash off the produce but how much of the bad stuff was absorbed into the system of the plants we eat? Fourth good reason to grow a vegetable garden is that you can grow varieties that are not readily available in a market. If you have a big enough variety of vegetables growing, your shopping trip to the store is a walk in the garden. Finally, when I work in my garden, I just feel good. I always munch a few greens and eat a bit of whatever is ready. Raw, fresh, homegrown vegetables just taste better because you grew the food yourself.
I’m an Arborist by trade and have been working in the trees for the last 39 years! You could say truthfully that I have lived a good part of my life up in a tree somewhere. I also produce videos on different aspects of tree care and tree problems. Search “Arborist Blair Glenn”
Woodworking is my hobby and yes, there are a few woodworking videos as well. I consider myself a real hands on person th at would rather try to build something myself than buy it. If nothing else, I can always come up with a gift when I need one.
I have raised seven children and all of them have been involved with me in my gardens. Three of my kids have moved on and have kids of their own so I have a whole new crop of gardening grandkids to help me in my vegetable garden.
--(That is, if I can get them away from their video games!)