Manure has been used to fertilize farms and gardens for centuries. It is a prime source of slow release nutrients and adds organic matter to the soil. Learn how to safely take advantage of its many benefits in your own garden.
The year is drawing to a close and seed catalogs have already made it to my mailbox. I’ve been reflecting on my successes and failures from this past year’s garden and am starting to dream up designs for 2020. I thought I’d share a time lapse of my 2019 garden with you so you can see the progress we’ve made on our homestead this year.
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.