Category Archives: Gardening

The Cholesterol-Lowering ‘Weed’ Hidden In Your Yard

It grows everywhere, and it’s persistent in its growing. But many homeowners rip the plant out of their gardens, yards and walkways without a second thought. It is purslane. You may not even know its name, yet you certainly have seen it growing. This little weed, though, actually is a beneficial herb. It is native to Asia, popular in the Mediterranean, and is a typical hot-weather herb. It does not like frost, an

The Perennial Garden: 8 Vegetables You Can Plant Once And Enjoy Forever

If you are the type of gardener who likes to grow vegetables but rarely has time to plan and plant a garden, a perennial vegetable garden may be a good choice for your lifestyle. There are vegetables you can plant once, then never have to plant again. You can have your garden, but with less effort than usual. Some planning is needed for best results. Try to pick a sunny site for the garden and prepare the soil so i

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Tips on Where, How, and When to Grow a Vegetable Garden

Here’s our quick guide for the beginner vegetable gardener. Whether you’re a beginner or an old hand, planting in a pot or a plot, this advice will help you to plan and grow your tastiest vegetables ever. Why garden? If you’ve never tasted garden-fresh vegetables (lots of people haven’t!), you will be amazed by the sweet, juicy flavors and vibrant textures. There’s absolutely nothing like them, especia

Similar to Morphine: The Best Natural Painkiller that Grows in Your Backyard

From injury to disease, pain is a very common ailment or symptom that can take down the toughest of the tough. It’s so prevalent that we are seeing a major epidemic with opiate dependency. Unfortunately, with so many needing to find relief, it’s leading to a large portion of our population becoming dependent on a chemical bandage, often just masking the problem, rather than fixing the cause. Unfortunately, it

8 Insanely Fast Vegetables You Can Harvest In One Month

Let’s face it: gardening can be challenging. The idea of waiting weeks and weeks for produce to be ready seems disheartening. This is particularly true if you live in a suburban area, like I do, where the nearest grocery store is less than a quarter-mile away. If I want fresh tomatoes, the expansive produce department at my favorite store has an ever-present supply. Why go through the trouble of waiting so long f

Why Almost Everyone Is Wrong About Tilling

For a long time my wife and I had sort of a running battle over the subject of my roto-tiller. I have watched vegetable gardeners and farmers alike going through the process of turning the soil each spring for as long as I can remember, and each year the crops roll in right on schedule. Seemed to be working just fine to me. So when we finally made the move to our homestead, my opinion when it came to the subject of

The Crazy, Lazy Gardener’s ‘Fall Trick’ That Will Eliminate Spring Weeds

For many gardeners, growing a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables for their family and friends to enjoy is a labor of love – but nevertheless still a labor. And when other activities and responsibilities start to mount up, it can be easy to let the garden suffer. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to make gardening easier, with less work and perhaps an even greater bounty? If this sounds like fiction or

9 Perennial Vegetables You Can Plant Once, Harvest Forever … And Never Worry About Again

Most gardeners are familiar with annual vegetables. These are the one you plant every year, reaping their harvest all season long until the first hard frost comes in the late fall. Many flower gardeners, on the other hand, are familiar with perennial flowers. These are the plants that you plant once and that will continue to return year after year. Lesser known to both vegetable and flower gardeners, though, are th

Off grid living: Grow 25 pounds of sweet potatoes in a bucket

Although sweet potatoes are an important staple food for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, this versatile, orange root tuber can be added to many other meals all year round. While sweet potatoes have been used for ages by many cultures around the world, until recently they weren’t a regular sight on American kitchen tables outside of the Holiday season. In the past decade, however, the sweet potato has found it

Start Growing Your Own Food Using Hydroponics

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve probably heard of hydroponic planting. Even if you did live in a cave, you probably saw an example of it when you saw that little plant growing in a puddle of water in the rock. That’s what hydroponic growing is – it’s simply growing plants without soil. But why should you try it? That’s what we’re going to talk about today. When you think about hydroponical

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