Tag: gardening

Our Biggest Mistakes In Market Gardening

  Starting a market garden sounded like a good idea… Raspberries. Tomatoes. Broccoli. We would grow all the things and the people would rejoice! This may not be exactly what was on my mind when we first set out to grow produce for our community. But I can honestly say the picture I had in

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Killer Homemade Dry Rub Recipes

Honestly, growing peppers might be one of my favorite things about the garden. When I sit down over the winter to flip through my seed catalogs, peppers are usually the first I go through. Searching through the all the different varieties makes me feel like I did as a little kid standing at the penny

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10 Things To Do On the Homestead In September

Oh Autumn…you’ve been missed. You really are my favorite time of year. Okay, I know autumn doesn’t officially start until later this month. But there is something magical about how August dissolves into September, isn’t there? It’s a feeling in the air. A slow release of a long, hot summer. A sudden chill in the

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5 Reasons Why Seeds Don’t Germinate (And What You Can Do About It)

You know that feeling you get when you do all the things you’re supposed to do, but then what you expect to happen…doesn’t happen? I’m thinking about the garden here. Spring finally comes after a long winter, and you’re anxious to get out to plant the garden. You’re looking forward to fresh veggies, and you

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6 Practical Ways to Battle Weeds in the Garden

One thing is certainly true about all weeds. We hate them! I know you’re with me on this. It’s not necessarily the labor of pulling weeds that gets under my skin. It’s the time it takes to do it. When I’m pulling weeds it means I’m taking time away from other jobs that are more

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5 Things to Know Before Buying Acreage

So you want to be a homesteader… I get that. The longing to live on your own land, grow your own food and learn a lifestyle of self-reliance and simplicity. It’s one of the reasons we moved our family half way across the country just to find the right place to settle our roots. Whatever

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A Complete Guide to Growing Potatoes

The Irish know a thing or two about potatoes. Like the old wisdom of planting potatoes on Good Friday. Whether doing so actually brings luck, I can’t tell you. But it’s usually our goal to start getting our potatoes in the ground by then. What about you? Will you be planting potatoes this year? Growing

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The Scoop on Raised Garden Beds

They come in all sizes. They come in all shapes.  It doesn’t matter how grand or how small your gardening ambition might be. Adding raised beds might be one of the easiest things to consider to give a jump-start to your gardening experience.   The benefits of raised beds There are many reasons to use

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Lessons From Our First Year of Market Gardening

  Market Gardening has become the craze. Do a quick search on the subject and you’ll probably find someone boasting about how you can make six figures growing vegetables in your front yard. Thousands of YouTube videos have been made on the subject. Advocates like Curtis Stone and JM Fortier have made the idea of

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