Your ultimate seed starting guide. Learn how to set up your seed starting area; options for mediums and containers; how to prepare your seeds with soaking, stratification, and scarification; how to take care of your seedlings; and how to harden off your seedlings for transplanting.
After over five years of planning our perfect homestead, we made our dream a reality last year when we purchased our home on 6.5 acres. Although my head was full of idealistic fantasies, I quickly learned the reality was much more challenging than I had bargained for. Here’s a look at the projects we tackled this past year. It may have been hard, but it was worth it.
Chickens have always been front and center in my vision for our homestead. They provide eggs, meat, compost and endless entertainment. We finally took the plunge this year with 8 baby chicks. This is how we raised them up from chicks, set up their coop, trained our dogs with them, and put them to work in the garden.
Ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine to promote overall longevity and wellness. It is commonly referred to as Indian ginseng for its powerful rejuvenating and restorative properties. Learn more about ashwagandha’s benefits, how to grow it, and how to prepare your own tonics and supplements.
For the scientifically-minded, there is one measurement to pay attention to if you want a sweet and juicy harvest: the brix. Increasing this one measurement will improve your crop’s flavor and nutrition, extend its shelf life, and keep pests at bay. Learn how to measure and improve your garden’s brix.
After 5 years of dreaming and planning, we bought our new home on 6.5 acres with the intention of creating our own modern homestead. We dream of living a back to the land lifestyle and eating fresh, super healthy food: the harvest from our garden, the fish we catch, and the eggs our chickens lay. Come and take a look around.
Seeds of Grace is a non-profit that builds community gardens in Washington State and Mexico. Each garden donates their produce to community organizations such as homeless shelters, food banks, after school programs, and Meals on Wheels. I sat down with Seeds of Grace founder, Karole Johnson, to ask her how others can start building community gardens where they live. She offered several helpful suggestions based on what she has learned over the years.
An acupuncturist once told me that if I only ever take one supplement for the rest of my life, it should be reishi mushrooms. For thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has hailed reishi as the “Mushroom of Immortality.” Learn about all of reishi’s incredible benefits and how to incorporate it into your daily routine.
Stress is an inescapable part of life. It may take the form of taxes, difficulties at work, or a traffic jam. A little can be good, but overwhelming stress takes a toll on our health and leads to disease. Here are 9 strategies Eastern medicine offers to help us deal with toxic stress and return to balance.