How to Use a Windfall: An Extra 5,000 ft² of Growing Space

Our neighbors have run a market garden for years, selling produce at the Dane County Farmers’ Market and others. This year they have decided to scale back and just grow for themselves. They have a large plot with excess capacity and have offered us about five thousand square feet of full-sun growing space. We’re incredibly grateful … More How to Use a Windfall: An Extra 5,000 ft² of Growing Space

Keeping Warm in Winter — Part II: Dress for Success with the Three W’s

  In Part I, yesterday, we met the four ways we lose heat: radiation, convection, conduction, and evaporation. Today we’ll look at the three W’s, which work together to combat each one of these heat thieves. The Three W’s: Wicking, Warmth, and Wind Layering is the watchword of keeping warm in the winter. Wearing one … More Keeping Warm in Winter — Part II: Dress for Success with the Three W’s

Keeping Warm in Winter — Part I: How We Lose Heat

I grew up in northern Minnesota, the coldest part of the continental United States. I remember playing outside when school was canceled due to extreme weather — the coldest I specifically remember was when my friends and I built a snow fort at -40°F (-40°C). That was the winter when we hit -60°F (-51°C). I … More Keeping Warm in Winter — Part I: How We Lose Heat