Recommended Item Of The Week: Heated Seed Mat

For the first couple years of growing a garden I didn’t use heated seed mats, I started all of my seeds indoors on the kitchen table (despite my wife’s displeasure with this) in front of a south facing window. It seemed like it would take forever for the seeds to germinate and grow to the point of hardening off and preparing for being transplanted into the garden. Then I purchased a couple seed mats and I couldn’t believe the difference it made.

Seed Catalogs You Should Have On Your Coffee Table

Seed catalogs are great to have as you think about and plan your garden. There are a few great companies out there that send beautiful and information packed and best of all FREE catalogs right to your door.

Why Do Tomatoes Split And What To Do About It

Early on in my gardening journey I noticed something strange happening to my tomatoes which caused me to do a lot of research. Since then it is a question I get all the time from beginner gardeners and that question is “why do my tomatoes split and what can I do to prevent it?”

Improve 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 consider the least because they know the least about it. So let’s dive in and take a look at this great method for improving your soil.

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 own.

Introducing Children To Gardening

Many families are changing the way they are living to pursue a lifestyle of self sufficiency and sustainability and because of that many children are being introduced to gardening for the very first time. Many are wondering about how to get their children in a self sufficient, homesteading mindset. Well here are a few tips that just might help.