I have heard marvelous things not only about the yield of potatoes that come from a Back to Eden Garden, but the cleanliness of the potatoes as well. Being a Mainer, it is my duty to plant and harvest great potatoes (our state produces 1.5 billion pounds of the US’s potatoes each year). Potatoes are one of the only crops with which you break the “Back to Eden” rules with.
One of the greatest skills a homesteader can acquire is the ability to produce food for yourself. Not everyone is blessed with acres to grow their own food, but even a pot of patio tomatoes can change how you and your family eats. Our quarter acre is home to over 1,000 square feet of backyard garden as well as a mini-orchard. Discover how to maintain your gardens and outdoor spaces.
We have so many exciting things happening on The 104 Homestead this 2015 season. We’re increasing our duck flock, we’re adding quail, but most exciting is that we are changing the way we garden. Wait… there’s more than one way to garden? Why yes, my friends, there are many ways to garden. Today I’m going to introduce you to the concept Back to Eden gardening.
I am so excited about Saturday and do you know why? It is the first Saturday of May which happens to be World Naked Gardening Day! A chance to rip off the clothes and rip out the weeds. Next to Christmas, I think it’s my favorite holiday.
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.
My family puts up with some very odd requests from me, but this one takes the cake. I’ll be honest, my boys were happy to oblige. It’s not often they are granted permission to pee outdoors since we live in a fairly populated area. The husband and the daughter were a harder sell. I don’t think I’ve won them over yet. It’s okay though, because every drop helps.
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.
The National Wildlife Federation is offering a free Monarch butterfly garden starter kit to anyone who takes the pledge to help protect and restore the Monarch butterfly population. The kit includes a seed packet with native milkweed or a flowering nectar plant, a list of milkweed and nectar plants native to your area, a Ranger Rick Nature Notebook, and a Butterfly Heroes sticker and poster. Find out more…
Native bee populations are suffering. They refer to it as Colony Collapse Disorder. I hope you all are already using natural alternatives in your gardens and around your homes instead of pesticides. Another way we can help out our native bee population is to plant bee-friendly flowers. Maybe even a bee meadow. Even a small bee meadow can feed a lot of bees.
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.
You asked for it in our post Winter Seed Sowing Anywhere, and I’m here to deliver. How do I know what to sow and when to sow? What kind of containers can I use? What about watering? I’ve got the answers to these questions and more. Discover how to winter sow seeds where you live.