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 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.
In this podcast episode I just wanted to chat with you about what has been going on around the homestead. I talk about why I took a short break and some of the things I’ve been doing in the garden and with the livestock. I also talk about a few changes I’m thinking of making around the homestead.
Having a greenhouse, even a small one can be very useful on the homestead, we use ours in all four seasons. In this video I talk about some things I do to transition the greenhouse over for growing a few things through the winter.
It is great to grow your own food, harvest that food and then in some form or another preserve that food to make it available year round. What is even better though is having something fresh from the garden you can eat year round.
On this podcast episode I answer a listener question about how I grow lettuce for fresh salads year round in a four season climate.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the practical side of gardening; the healthy food that that it supplies, the security it can provide through the preservation of it. While these may be the most important things to you I believe this quote reminds us of so much more that the garden is about.
If you were to ask me what my 3 most used gardening tools are, the Hori Hori Knife would be on the list and it would be on the list for most serious gardeners I think.