Category: Gardening

30 Second Guide to Growing Radishes

30 Second Guide to Growing Radishes

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid? This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Radishes should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a […]

How to Attract Pollinators to Your Homestead Garden

How to Attract Pollinators to Your Homestead Garden

  We’ve all heard about the decline of the honeybee, and how dangerous that is to our success as humans. Since the 1990’s, beekeepers have been warning us of the disappearance of the honeybees. Unfortunately the case isn’t as simple as we would like. A combination of pesticides, parasites and climate change all threaten the delicate honeybee colonies. Without honeybees, and other pollinators, however, most of the fruit and vegetables we eat on a daily basis wouldn’t be possible. This is a big deal! 326 million people in the US alone have to eat every day! However, we’ve lost a […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Lettuce

30 Second Guide to Growing Lettuce

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid? This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Lettuce should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Peppers

30 Second Guide to Growing Peppers

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid? This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Peppers should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a […]

How To Test Old Seeds

How To Test Old Seeds

  As the days get longer and the nights get warmer, everyone starts thinking about Spring. Farmers and gardeners start dreaming about the smell of the soil, watching their plants flourish, and feeling the hot summer sun on their backs. One of the first steps for planning your summer garden is to know where you are now. When you begin planning what you’ll grow this year, you’ll need to take an inventory of the seeds you already have. If you have leftovers from years prior, or seeds collected from last year’s harvest, you need to test how many seeds are […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Garlic

30 Second Guide to Growing Garlic

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid? This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Garlic should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Beans

30 Second Guide to Growing Beans

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid? This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Beans should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a […]

Tips and Tricks For Planning Your Garden

Tips and Tricks For Planning Your Garden

If you’re anything like me, you love the quiet calm of Winter…but also can’t wait for Spring! The short days, grey skies and cold weather leave you missing the sun on your skin, the dirt under your nails and the taste of fresh produce. Inevitably, every year, I get excited about planning my garden and start my seeds too early. Weather here in Virginia is very unpredictable. As I write this, in early February, it’s 70 degrees out! But they’re calling for snow tomorrow! So if you’re like me, and planning your summer garden already, here is a collection of […]

30 Second Guide To Growing Pumpkins

30 Second Guide To Growing Pumpkins

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid? This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Pumpkins should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a […]

Preserving the Kale Harvest

Preserving the Kale Harvest

Here in Virginia, the Spring has been very generous with us. A few weeks of rain, and very mild temperatures. I absolutely love growing Kale, and grow it from seed every year. It is very easy to grow, and hardy and can withstand freezes and heat. This fantastic weather has ensured my Kale crop has exploded. We’ve been eating it daily and giving it away in bag-fulls. And I’m still drowning in it! Sign up for our newsletter