The soil food web is made up of all kinds of soil critters that have a symbiotic relationship with plants and act as nature’s very own nutrient recycling system. Learn how to nurture your soil biology so that beneficial microbes feed your plants and you can stop using synthetic fertilizers.
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.