Category: Gardening

30 Second Guide to Growing Onions

30 Second Guide to Growing Onions

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? Onions Onions are a staple in any American kitchen. I have fond memories of my grandmother’s kitchen. The smell of onion skin, garlic, and banana nut bread still […]

How to Simplify Your Homestead

How to Simplify Your Homestead

  Homesteading is hard. There, I said it. It seems to be a dirty little secret among homesteaders. We all imagine that we’re getting back to a simpler way of life, but homesteading often means that a simpler way of life is a harder way of life. We make it ourselves instead of buying it from a store. Much more blood sweat and tears go into growing a tomato at home than driving to a store and buying on off the shelf. Sign up for our newsletter

Gardening 101

Gardening 101

There are several basic truths when it comes to gardening, regardless of location or plant you’re trying to grow. This is the perfect intro to beginner gardeners, those that claim to have a ‘black thumb’ instead of a green one, or the new homesteader. Plants need 3 things: Sign up for our newsletter

Wild Edible: Japanese Knotweed

Wild Edible: Japanese Knotweed

An invasive species to the US, Japanese Knotweed is native to Japan, China and Korea. It was brought to Europe and the US as a decorative landscaping element. Sign up for our newsletter

30 Second Guide to Growing Tomatoes

30 Second Guide to Growing Tomatoes

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 Tomatoes should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted […]

Foraging For Wild Edibles: Shiso (Japanese Basil)

Foraging For Wild Edibles: Shiso (Japanese Basil)

I discovered Shiso in typical homesteading fashion. While I was weeding my garden I found a particularly fragrant weed. It smelled like a mixture of mint and licorice. On a whim, I transplanted the little weeds to an empty planter box much to the chagrin of my Mr. Sign up for our newsletter

Basil Propagation: How to Propagate Basil From Cuttings

Basil Propagation: How to Propagate Basil From Cuttings

How to Propagate Basil From Cuttings My first stumbling venture into permaculture, the idea of creating a sustainable, never-ending supply of resources, was in propagating basil cuttings. I love harvesting seeds or propagating new plants from existing ones. You have an endless supply of free plants at your finger tips with just a bit of knowledge. Sign up for our newsletter

How to Start Seeds Indoors

How to Start Seeds Indoors

The first few years I started my vegetable plants from seeds were a disaster. I anxiously awaited Spring and had such bad cabin fever, I would always start my tomato plants in February! They would also sprout up fast, but fall over before I could transplant them outside. If I did manage to wait, I would plant them and they would immediately die. Sign up for our newsletter

Over-Winter Cover Crops For Better Spring Soil

Over-Winter Cover Crops For Better Spring Soil

As winter’s knocking on our doors, we’re decorating for Fall and Christmas, putting up the last of our canned goods, and putting our gardens to bed. However, Winter doesn’t have to be a time of complete rest for your garden. If you find yourself needing to improve the quality of your soil, or prevent water run-off and erosion, planting a winter cover-crop can give you a head start without having to babysit it in the cold. Sign up for our newsletter

Victory Garden – Free Download

Victory Garden – Free Download

Victory Gardens (War Gardens) were created and encouraged during WWI and WWII to reduce the demand on food supplies. Civilians were encouraged to plants their own vegetable gardens, in what little land they had, so that produce and rations could be sent to the troops overseas. Across the United States and Europe, young men who had been farming before the wars were recruited into battle and left commercial farms struggling to keep up with demand. Sign up for our newsletter