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.
In Uncertain Times, Plant a Garden: Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared
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.
Companion Planting: Fact or Fiction?
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 Scoop on Poop: How to Use Manure in the Garden
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.
2019 Full Garden Tour ⋅ Time Lapse Through the Seasons
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.
10 Delicious Zucchini Recipes for the Dinner Table and Pantry
Zucchini harvests tend to be prolific and it can be a challenge to find ways to use it all up. If you’re having trouble figuring out what to do with all of your zucchini, check out 10 of my favorite recipes for the dinner table and pantry.
The Soil Food Web: How to Build Healthy Soil
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.
How We Created Our New Back to Eden Garden
I’ve been dreaming about this garden since 2012 and last year we finally made it a reality! Come with me to see how we installed our new Back to Eden garden step-by-step.
5 Must Have Essential Oils for Your Garden
If you have concerns about the toxic effects of commercial pesticides, try using one or all of these essentials oils to make effective garden sprays for your garden.
How to Start Seeds Indoors
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.
Garden Inspiration from Seattle’s NW Flower & Garden Show
Take a tour of Seattle’s NW Flower and Garden Show with me. The show was full of inspiring garden displays, interesting speakers and free plants. Time well spent for a Sunday afternoon.
The Truth About My First Year Homesteading
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.
Neem Oil: The Answer to a Pest-Free Organic Garden
Neem oil is a great choice for the organic gardener who wants to fight bugs and diseases the organic way because it is so safe and effective. Learn about the different types of neem oil on the market and the best ways to use them.
How to Grow a Hugelkultur Garden
Depending on your technique, gardening can be labor intensive. Tilling, watering, and fertilizing can turn an enjoyable hobby into back-breaking and cumbersome work. There is one method of gardening, however, that eliminates the chores we dread. It’s called hugelkultur.
Our First Experience with Chickens
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.