With so much uncertainty in the air, people are realizing that gardens are more of a necessity than a luxury this year. Food is expensive and many of us are out of work. Growing a garden is one of the best ways to ensure that your family eats healthy, delicious food until we bounce back. One tiny seed grows into many meals. If you want to help others right now, share your seeds with them. You can download these printable seed packets and use them to share with friends and family.
Life has been cancelled. Store shelves are empty. You’ve been told to hunker down and stay at home. Most people aren’t prepared for this. What can you do to take back a little control and make sure your family is taken care of during this time of uncertainty? Plant a garden, of course. Here are the staple crops I recommend for your garden, even if your new to gardening. These crops are easy to grow, produce high yields and can be grown in small spaces.
If you ask a group of gardeners what they think about companion planting, you’re bound to get a mixed response. Some swear by the traditional practice and follow the recommendations religiously in their own gardens, while others dismiss it as nothing more than “garden woo.” As with most things, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
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.