Food may very well be the crux of homesteading. Homesteaders are growing food, cooking with it, and preserving it. You may think you don’t have the space or time to be dealing with growing food, but I assure you, this is a step of homesteading that anyone can do. Growing Food Indoors Everyone, seriously — everyone, should be growing indoors…. Read More
Getting Started with Gardening
With the increasing awareness of healthy living, people are turning to growing their own organic vegetables in their backyards. Backyard gardening has many advantages. Not only does it save money and provide a constant flow of fresh vegetables, but it’s also a source of recreation and physical exercise in relaxing environment and fresh air.
Are you ready to learn how to grow food indoors? There are a lot of options that are suited nicely to indoor gardening. Window sill gardens are a great way to grow food. Herbs are often grown on kitchen window sills, but don’t stop there. Leafy greens are great candidates for indoor gardens. Like most herbs, they don’t have high… Read More
My garden is a mess. There are irises in the corner of the yard, lily of the valley by the front door, tulips along the walkway, and one daffodil that grows under the rose bush. There’s no form or function — it’s pure floral chaos. This year, I decided I was going to do something about my wayward garden.
After doing some research, I found three specific elements essential to the perfect garden design.
It’s no wonder that new gardeners get overwhelmed or give up after the first season. Can I let you in on a little secret? There are no rules. Take those books and throw them out the window (okay, they might have some valuable information, so don’t throw them, just set them aside). I’m just saying that every garden is as unique as the person who plants it. If you want to try something new, do it! If you want to plant a hundred of this and none of that, go for it!
My strength is not in houseplants. I do much better with my outdoor gardens. If you’ve read 7 Tips to Home & Garden Show Success, you’ll know that I have killed more houseplants than I care to admit to. I am, however, always improving. These five tips have helped me keep my plants happy and healthy.
Does your soil turn rock hard and crack in the summer heat? Or perhaps it is composed of hard clods of dirt that are almost impossible to break, or is a sandy dust that easily blows away? If so, you probably have a case of damaged soil. You are not alone in this problem, as a large majority of North America’s soil has been damaged by poor agriculture and construction practices. Take heart though, because repairing damaged soil is not incredibly hard or expensive to accomplish.
Foraging has become quite trendy in the last few years. It can be a little overwhelming to see the gourmet meals made from wild woods, the techniques and beauty are sometimes so much more than the usual home cook can pull off, but it’s made even more intimidating when trying to learn how to identify the wild foods safely.
It’s time to plant! You started seeds inside, nurtured them, and watched them grow, and now you’re ready to transplant them into the garden. Or, maybe you just returned home from the nursery with an armful of new plants. Either way, before you start digging, there are two key things you need to know to make sure your plants are successful in the garden – hardening off and transplanting.
There’s nothing like vegetables fresh from the garden, but not all of us have the time or energy it takes to stay on top of garden upkeep. For those of us who want our couch potatoes and more real potatoes, there’s good news: There’s tons of vegetables that are easy to plant, grow and harvest.
Today’s post topic was inspired by one of my fabulous readers. She has been following The 104 Homestead for a bit and trying out some of our ideas. Recently she wrote to ask me if I’d considered Hugelkultur. I had no clue how to even pronounce it (it’s German), let alone what it was, so I set about reading. I love a good project.
So you planned your vegetable garden down to the very last nook and cranny. You figured out where to place everything and there is no soil unfilled. Are you left wishing your garden was just a bit bigger? What if I told you that you might be able to produce even more food using the same amount of garden space? Let me tell you about succession planting.
With the increasing awareness of healthy living, people are turning to growing their own organic vegetables in their backyards. A backyard garden has many advantages. It saves money and provides constant flow of fresh vegetables, but it’s also a source of recreation and physical exercise in relaxing environment and fresh air. There are several points when it comes to backyard gardening that you should take into account.
I am constantly looking for new ways to improve my soil and enhance my gardening experience. I also prefer to use all natural elements. And don’t forget about frugal. That is where Grocery Gardening comes into play. With Grocery Gardening, you often don’t need to look any further than the pantry or fridge.
Talk to a gardener for any length of time and eventually gardening zones and frost dates will come up. There is often some confusion about what gardening zones and frost dates are and what that information means. Also, there are some things that these tools don’t tell you. So, let’s have a little chat about what gardening zones and frost dates tell you…and what they don’t.
Are you looking for an easy way to get your garden started? Galvanized bins make handy planters and they are pretty cool looking too. Best of all, this DIY project is one you can easily complete over a weekend. In this guide, we’ll review the 3 steps to using galvanized bins as planters.