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.

Purslane: Friend or Foe of the Garden?

Purslane can be both a friend and a foe in the garden depending on how you use it and manage it in the garden. In order to get the most from our gardens it is not only important to understand the vegetables we are growing but to know all we can about the weeds that pop up as well and purslane is one such common weed you are likely to see.

Building A Garden Wash Station

For quite some time I had contemplated building something I could use to clean off my vegetables before I brought them in the house and I finally got around to it. There are several reasons for having a garden wash station as I will discuss below but first I will tell you that we enjoy it more than we thought we would. The garden wash station is a welcomed addition to the homestead and if you don’t have one you should consider building one soon.

Protecting Plants In The Heat of Summer

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 85 – May 25, 2018 – Protecting Plants In The Heat of Summer

Question For Today’s Podcast Episode:

Randy Asks – What are some strategies for protecting veggie plants in heat of summer? We have a lot of 95+ degree days here and it would be nice to hear some new strategies of keeping plants shaded/cooler to improve production.

Recommended Item Of The Week: Portable Greenhouse

Before I built my larger permanent greenhouse this is what I used to get my seeds going a little earlier in the year and give my garden a jumpstart. When you’re not using it for seed starting it also makes a great shelf to set plants on in the summer when you remove the cover.

My Cucumber “Tree” and Other Garden Updates

In Today’s Daily Blog Post I talk about my cucumber “tree”, I also share a bit about the lettuce I’m letting go to seed and I talk about the ripe grapes I’ve been waiting impatiently for.