Category: Gardening

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 Food Advertising by

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Guide to Saving Tomato Seeds

Guide to Saving Tomato Seeds

Your tomato plants have given you an entire summer of produce. However, the leaves are starting to brown, you’re not getting any more blossoms, and the days are getting shorter. As you’re wrapping up your last canning jars of spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce, it’s a good time to start planning for next year’s garden. […]

How to Protect Your Plants From Frost

How to Protect Your Plants From Frost

Planting a Fall vegetable garden is always a gamble. You never know when the first frost is going to come, how many weeks of good weather we’ll have, or if a freak snow storm is going to wipe everything out. For those first early nights of frost, when there’s still weeks of good weather ahead, […]

Composting 101: a Guide to Making Nutrient Rich Compost at Home

Composting 101: a Guide to Making Nutrient Rich Compost at Home

If you’re gardening, you should also be composting. Composting is a simple, easy and free way to add quality nutrients to your soil, and better soil means happier plants! But the thing I love most about composting, is that is takes what would normally be scraps that would end up in the trashcan and re-purposes them. […]

Victory Garden – Free PDF

  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 […]

Guide to Growing Cilantro

Guide to Growing Cilantro

Herbs have always been a weakness of mine. They either grow too tall, too fast, bolt immediately, or wither and die in days. However, in my new hydroponics system I’ve just planted cilantro seeds, so I’m hopeful my days of killing herbs are over! This guide, however, should help even the most novice herb-grower succeed. […]