24 No Hassle Water Conservation Tips for Your Homestead

Water conservation has a great number of benefits. The homestead is ripe for opportunities to save water. Here are a just a few to get you started!

It’s easy to take water for granted when it plays such a ubiquitous role in our daily lives. It’s always been there, and it feels like it always will be. Unfortunately, this may not be the case. Very little of the Earth’s natural water can be used for human consumption; and the demand for it only grows as our population swells. This is where water conservation comes into play.

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Get Garden Savvy

Do you know where I’m off to today? The Northern New England Home & Garden Show! This is such a fun event and I always come home with more than I probably need. If garden shows are something new to you, check out my tips for success. Following these tips will assure you have as much fun as I always do.

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3 Tomato Tricks That Make a Huge Difference

No garden is complete without tomatoes. It’s the star when planting on a patio or in a huge garden. When you’re planting tomatoes, it’s important to decide how you want to support them. It will help you decide whether or not to remove the suckers. It also helps you determine the best spacing. We typically grow ours on a fence so we can maximize space, but this year in my free-spirited planting design, we are caging so we can sprinkle them throughout the garden.

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Beat the Heat on Your Homestead

Summer, along with its oppressive heat and humidity, has arrived. Some of the best stuff on the homestead happens in summer (like the arrival of ducklings and a garden that’s starting to produce), but summer comes with struggles as well. Get summer tips for the garden, your livestock, and even tips for staying cool while you cook.

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What Was Ranked As the 2016 Dirty Dozen?

The EWG has set about to test the amounts of pesticide residue on the foods we eat. This is the report of the 2016 dirty dozen and clean fifteen.

Have you heard the term dirty dozen floating around? Have you wondered what it was all about? A group called the Environmental Working Group has set about to test the amounts of pesticide residue on the foods we eat. This project was created to inform the public about pesticides, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fails to. Every year they share the Dirty Dozen (produce which contains the highest amounts of pesticide residues) and the Clean Fifteen (produce which contains the least amounts – or no – pesticide residues).

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Fertilizing a Back to Eden Garden {and Nitrogen Binding}

Fertilizing a Back to Eden garden corrects what little bit of nitrogen binding occurs with the application of wood chips to your garden.

One of the biggest concerns I hear from people when I tell them about our Back to Eden garden is “don’t the wood chips bind up the nitrogen?” I understand their concern. For those of you who know composting basics, you need a good ratio of greens and browns to create quality compost. Here I am dumping a bunch of browns in my garden and leaving it at that. Yikes!

But it doesn’t bind up the nitrogen and we add fertilizers to help the gardens further. Let me explain…

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Mary’s Heirloom Seeds Spring Giveaway

Mary's Heirloom Seeds currently offers over 300 varieties of open-pollinated, non-GMO & non-hybrid, non-patented, untreated, organic, heirloom garden seeds.

We are thrilled to sponsor another giveaway at Mary’s Heirloom Seeds. Spring is here and it’s definitely time to start thinking about your garden (if you haven’t already).

Mary’s Heirloom Seeds currently offers over 300 varieties of open-pollinated, non-GMO & non-hybrid, non-patented, untreated, organic, heirloom garden seeds.

So what are the giveaway items this time?
– Organic Garden Starter Pack
– “In the Kitchen” Herb Garden Pack
– Baker’s Dozen Seed Combo Pack

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