Seed Saving Is Neither Difficult Nor Complicated

Seed

Seed saving is not difficult. The hardest part of seed saving is knowing when and how the particular crop produces seeds.

Some seed in the spring, some in the fall, some the 2nd year. Some have seed pods, some have fruit. [Read more…]

Hay Bale Gardening: No Weeds, no Fertilizers and Less Watering!! What a Simple but Amazing Concept!!

What is Straw Bale Gardening?

Straw Bale

Straw Bale Gardening is a simply a different type of container gardening.  The main difference is that the container is actually the straw bale itself, held together with two or three strings, the outside crust of the bale serves as the container.  Once the straw inside the bale begins to decompose, the straw becomes “conditioned” and ready to plant.  The step by step process of conditioning creates an extraordinarily productive, warm, moist and nutrient rich rooting environment for young seedlings.  [Read more…]

How To Heat Your House with a Greenhouse

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It’s a winter-time fact in most parts of the country: greenhouses, even those that might be attached to the house or garage, need some kind of heat source (of course, supplying appropriate light is equally important). My first, only partially realized, greenhouse up in the rain forests of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula needed heating just to keep the humidity down. But in most parts of the country, cold is the problem. You may have built your greenhouse with visions of supplying your family fresh, year-’round greens. But winter growth and germination are difficult when soil temperatures seldom climb out of the low 50 degree level. Sure you can use a heating mat to encourage germination. But even the hardiest green grows slowly — very slowly — when nighttime air temperatures plunge. [Read more…]

Many Simple Ideas To Do Yourself Root Cellar !

Root Cellar

The biggest challenge, at least for me, with gardening is preserving the harvest. It makes me sick to think of the amount of food I have let go to waste through not having these skills. Root cellaring is something I am looking at hard as it is a no impact way to store food. It uses the earth to maintain the freshness of the crops stored within. [Read more…]

By The Experts -How to Grow Your Own Food in Strange Places –

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Before complex irrigation systems, farmers still managed to eke out crops even in the worst droughts. As water shortages become more common, today’s farmers are being forced to return to old ways of finding the water hidden in nature.

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How To Build a Cold Frame With Straw Bales

Bales

Cold frames can be just the answer for those wanting to grow fresh veggies beyond the traditional growing seasons of their area. Often called the poor man’s greenhouse – a well-built diy cold frame can keep fresh greens on the table nearly year around – and at the very least – extend your season by a month on each end! [Read more…]

How to Grow Vegetables All Year Long ( You Can Grow Your Own Food, 365 Days of The Year, No Matter Where You Live )

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How you can create a harvest of fresh, nutritious winter food throughout the cold months.

Now that the mower is about to be stored away for the winter months, I like to spend a couple of weekends getting my vegetable beds packed so that I have lots of fresh fodder to pick at over the chilly months ahead. Keeping your garden going through the winter gets you outside in the fresh air, allow you to exercise and can give you brilliant home-grown produce. [Read more…]

The Best Self Sufficient Greenhouse Gardening

 

Greenhouse

With skyrocketing prices at the grocery store and an unstable economy, it’s no surprise people are turning back to the ways of their grandparents and great-grandparents. Self sufficiency is needed now more than ever, and a greenhouse can provide fresh, healthy food for families virtually year round. In the case of a natural disaster, pandemic, or even a government collapse, going to the grocery store may not be an option. Being prepared with a convenient source of healthy food can mean the difference between life and death, and a greenhouse can make all the difference when it matters most. [Read more…]