Introducing Children To Gardening

When I was a child I would talk to my grandparents for hours and hear the stories of how they did things “back in their day” and as I think about that it is amazing how much has changed in just a few decades and what impacts me the most is how much is forgotten. […]

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Harvesting Sunflower Seeds

What a great treat any time of the year, a mid-day snack at work, something to munch on when your out for a hike, kickin’ back relaxing by a camp fire, yep I could have a handful of sunflower seeds just about anytime. It’s even a greater satisfaction when you grow, harvest and roast your […]

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My 10 Favorite Homesteading Podcasts

Today’s question comes from Glen via email. He writes “Enjoying your podcast (The Modern Homesteading Podcast), i’m just getting started homesteading and  listen to podcasts on my daily 2 hour commute for inspiration. Do you know of any other good homesteading podcasts that I might like listening to? Thanks and keep up the good work.” First, […]

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Trying Zucchini Spaghetti For The First Time

Why have I never tried this before, I grow it every year and all I ever do with it is slice it and fry and give a bunch of it away. Oh yeah, I’m talking about zucchini, more particularly zucchini spaghetti. I finally got around to making noodles out of zucchini after all these years […]

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Q & A – What Do You Use For A Safe Organic Weed Killer?

http://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/6338465/q_a_what_do_you_use_for_a_safe_organic_weed_killer.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSToday’s question comes from Randy. He asks “What are you using for weed and grass killer since you don’t use any harmful chemicals in your yard?” Great question. . First I would like the explain why I don’t use products like Roundup or other […]

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Using Pallets To Make Raised Garden Beds

Growing a garden in raised beds has many benefits (read more about that here) but can sometimes be a little costly depending on what you build them out of. I’m all about being frugal and using what I have or what I can get cheap or free for my homestead projects, and pallets seem to […]

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Harvesting Vegetables At The Perfect Time

Knowing when to harvest your vegetables at the perfect time can be a challenge. Too soon and you won’t get the abundance your looking for, too late and you might not get the best taste. So how do you know? If you determine solely by recommended days to to harvest you may be disappointed, this […]

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Why Use Raised Beds Instead Of Planting In The Ground?

This is a question I received from a reader recently after I posted a picture of the raised beds I was building on Facebook. He wanted to know “why would you go through all the trouble of building raised beds instead of just planting your garden directly in the ground? What are the benefits of raised beds?” So I thought I would share my answer to him with everyone because maybe others are wondering the same thing.

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Gardening Tips For Early Season Transplants

If you have started your seeds under grow lights or in a greenhouse and hardened them off properly, it is time to really get the garden going. Before putting anything in the ground, think about which vegetables would benefit from a layer of black paper/plastic mulch. Raised beds will heat up quickly in the spring, but with a piece of mulch on top, you will get a significant boost to the root development of your transplants. Of course, later in the season you will get the added benefit of eliminating most of your weeding requirements.

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