How To Have Amazing Garden Soil by Growing Cover Crops

There are three main ways you can improve the soil in a garden bed, You can use organic mulches to cover the bed, work in soil amendments or you can grow cover crops. All of these methods work well and each have their advantages but cover cropping garden beds seems to be the one people […]

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Building a Planter Box with a Trellis

If you’re limited on gardening space or maybe want to block out some neighbors and get a little privacy in your backyard then building some planter boxes with trellises may be the way to go. These great additions to the garden are easy to build, inexpensive and can provide you with a lot of food for years to come.

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Making Raised Garden Beds Using Natural Materials

In this post I thought I would share with you a few ideas from videos and pictures I found from around the web about how to build raised vegetable garden beds using natural materials such as the soil itself, rocks and logs. This can be a great way to build raised beds if you’re on a budget or just wanting to incorporate a more natural looking design into your property, these designs fit especially well into a permaculture design.

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Should I Plant In The Ground Or A Raised Bed

http://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/7047220/should_i_plant_in_the_ground_or_a_raised_bed.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSToday is Day 11 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on the podcast where I usually reach out to some of the best bloggers and podcasters in the homesteading space to answer your questions about homesteading. Each episode features one question and answer for […]

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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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