Category Archives: Gardening

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

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