Category Archives: Gardening

The Cheapest Way To Feed Livestock — Even During Hard Times

The practice of growing your own fodder has been around for generations. In recent years, though, there has been a resurgence of it due to the rising costs of feeds and hay, and the severe climates now normally seen every winter and summer. More and more farmers, both small homesteaders and big ranchers alike, are looking for ways to feed their livestock without relying on traditional sources and methods. And growi

New Survival Seed Bank™ Lets You Plant A Full Acre Crisis Garden!

New “Survival Seed Bank™” Produces Thousands Of Pounds Of Nutrient-Dense Food For Pennies Per Pound… Enough To Feed Friends And Family Forever! Now you can grow all the survival food you will ever need anywhere in the country with a kit that contains a special seed bank of hard to find, open pollinated… super seeds, grown by small, fiercely independent farmers. Let’s face

10 Medicinal Trees That Heal Virtually Everything

Alder tree. Image source: TreesPlantsFlowers blog Growing your own groceries is one of the most important steps to developing an off-grid or self-reliant existence, but growing your own medicine should also be placed at the top of the “to-do” list. Tending to medical needs is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of preparedness. However, creating a pharmacy to harvest the healing bounty of Mother Nature

Straw Bale Gardening: Straw Bale or Hay Bale Gardens?

Straw Bale Gardening Limited space? No soil? Toxic or rocky ground? Spare corner? Edge of drive or yard? Here’s bales of advice for you on the straw bale gardening way. TIP: Kids just LOVE to climb on these irresistible messy playthings, so if it’s feasible, get an extra 1 or 3 bales and put them out of the garden just for fun. Straw or hay bale gardening is not to be confused with using loose straw in your gar

Straw bale gardening: is it any good?

Easy, economical and efficient, the humble straw bale is raising the stakes for veg production Straw bale gardening is not something I’ve tried before, but it is on the cards for this year. The technique has been around since the Sixties, if not earlier. An American horticulturalist, Joel Karsten, has been honing his cultivation techniques using this system for 22 years and now grows almost all his vegetables an

How To Build A Small-Scale, Backyard Aquaponics System For Less Than $100

Every homestead can benefit from a small scale aquaponics system. Let’s examine some of the reasons you might want to try one this year: Enjoyment. It’s fun to watch fish grow and swim (even under ice in the winter). It’s also fascinating that you can grow healthy plants without soil. Fresh produce. So many plants can be grown in aquaponics systems. The main consideration is the temperature if you plan on kee

Survival Food Series: 25 Survival Seeds You Need For Your Garden

Living off the land sounds as inviting as Christmas dinner.  But many have hardly had adequate experience being “farmers.”  In fact, many have had no experience at all when it comes to planting anything.  That being said, the day is slowly approaching where each of us may have to trade in our company identification badges for a shovel and a pair of overalls.  Educating yourself on farming topics such as m

Herb Farming, a new business

When it comes to gardening or farming, our general perception leads us to a view of a farm with growing crops or a garden with flowers blooming all around. Fortunately, gardening and farming have moved beyond crops or making their yards look green and beautiful. Not just because these people are interested in gardening or farming but also for the medicinal value of these herbs. This particular group of plants has a

How To Start Your Survival Terrarium

When a crisis hits and it’s no longer safe to spend as much time outdoors, you’ll want to have a discreet garden to produce some food. You can create an indoor survival garden that’s out of sight of marauders inside of a terrarium. While they are most often used for growing flowers and other non-edible plants, it is possible to grow food inside of a terrarium. Keep reading to find out out how to turn this min

17 Ways To Make Money While Living Off Grid

Here’s how you can make money while living off grid. This list is designed to give you some ideas and inspire some creative thinking on ways to make a living from home while living off grid. There are many reasons for this, the first and perhaps most important is it frees you up to move just about anywhere you want. No more being tied to a certain location, city, county, state, etc just to be close to your job. T

How to Plan a Vegetable Garden

Why Plant a Garden with Vegetables Starting a vegetable garden at home is an easy way to save money — that $2 tomato plant can easily provide you with 10 pounds of fruit over the course of a season. But planting a garden with vegetables also gives you the pleasure of savoring a delicious, sun-warmed tomato fresh from the garden. In almost every case, the flavor and texture of varieties you can grow far exce

Gardening During Disasters

Coping with Challenges – Growing in Drought & Short Seasons It can be frustrating to plant a garden and watch it fail. It can be mean life and death when it is the food your family is counting on for survival. Yet crop failures happens, to big growers and small farmers and backyard enthusiasts. There are methods that involve earth works, terra-forming or terra-sculpting, or things like hugelkultur mounds that

10 Tips to Start a Garden — Can-Do Ideas for Beginners

Alison Hodgson I became a gardener 17 years ago when we bought our first home, a north-facing ranch set on a corner of a block where the rest of the homes faced east or west. We had a small front yard and two side yards. To the back was about 10 feet of lawn, which separated the south side of our home from our neighbor’s driveway. There and on the west side, there was no garden at all, just grass right up