Unwanted insects are just part of nature, as gardeners we have to deal with them on a regular basis. While many people resort to harsh chemicals to control their pest population, some of us know that there’s a better way - making organic insecticides from everyday items in our home. When preventative measures…Continue
Added by AliLawrence on May 14, 2015 at 9:50am — No Comments
Busy two days. Started building a new container garden this week using 5 gallon buckets and self watering using a float/resivoir. Will use this for the 8 Brandywine Black organic tomato plants that were given to me this weekend. While doing that, got the smoker cleaned up ready for a brisket this weekend, updated my substitute cream soup/sauce mixes, a chicken-less chicken flavor bouillion/powder, made some bread machine mixes for a friend. Hate buying commercial items when I can make them…Continue
Originally shared at Back to the Basics
I have shared about VICTORY GARDEN here on several occasions. …Continue
Added by Marianne Smith on December 27, 2014 at 7:35am — No Comments
A trip to the nursery is possibly the most calming and refreshing experience. Walking around, choosing your plants and just being in the presence of nature’s bounty does some amazing things for your emotional health. I know I can hardly wait for my annual trip to the nursery!
There is one downside, however. Plants are sold in plastic pots. When we come home we plant them in our gardens. What happens to all the plastic pots? Most recyclers do not accept planters as a recyclable as…Continue
Added by Anne Staley on December 12, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
Composting at home is a great way to turn waste into gardening magic. By composting, you manage to reduce waste and improve soil quality at the same time; it’s also simpler than it may seem. Check out this article for some general tips on how to make the most of your compost…Continue
Added by Savanna Oconner on April 8, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Originally posted @ Back to the Basics:
Let's talk about Victory Gardens and Seed Balls...
Added by Marianne Smith on December 8, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments
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Well, the inspections for the bank and local municipality have been completed, and all of our rehab work has been approved! We're just waiting on the final disbursement check so that we can pay our roofer. It has been quite the ordeal, but well worth it a little headache and a lot of elbow grease in the end!
I had mentioned before that our riding lawnmower had quit... Well, this past weekend, we were given a riding mower, which we desperately needed, as "payment" from a friend of ours…Continue
It’s not that we needed drip irrigation in our vegetable garden. I think spraying down the plants with a hose in one hand and a glass of lemonade in the other is a perfectly acceptable way to spend a summer afternoon. However, the furniture business was going slow and I don’t idle well.
So we went to Home Depot and picked up a…Continue
We've been so busy lately with coop building and other projects around the place, we neglected our garden for a few weeks. It has become over-run with crabgrass and other miscellaneous uselessness. (Fortunately, though, the veggie plants are still doing very well regardless!) Turning a horse pasture into a field of herbs and vegetables is turning out to be extremely tricky with our limited available equipment and resources...
Here is a taste of what we started with (other half of…Continue
Added by Carrie Seal-Stahl on June 20, 2013 at 3:36pm — No Comments
We love our garden, but one of the major challenges of off-grid living is water. Even though we have multiple springs, creeks and wells; how do we get that water to where we need it? Although 2 wells have been dug on our property, we don't have a manual pump, nor do we have a power source to power a pump to get the water out of the well. This means we needed some ingenuity to keep our garden healthy and well watered. Luckily, I'm married to an amazing engineer, who came up with an ingenious…Continue
Spring has sprung in my little corner of Western Pennsylvania and I am super excited for all my projects and ideas for the future. My first project this spring is more raised beds for vegetables.
Last year I removed some bushes from around the house and put in some raised beds.
Spring is here and the beautiful, perfect days just keep coming!!! We keep having these amazing mornings that start off with a light rain and then all afternoon we are blessed with a warm sunny day, and sometimes we get another rain or thunderstorm at night. Thank you mama nature!
We have lettuce popping up all over the garden, thanks to my…Continue
Added by Desiree on April 18, 2013 at 7:47pm — No Comments
Originally posted at Back to the Basics:
This is the second year that I've grown Garden Huckleberry from seed. The first year I only planted 2 and had an okay crop but then I let the plants die. Ooopps! …Continue
The list of seeds I'm ordering is viewable at: …Continue
Added by Farmer Liz on November 8, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Living The Good Life
Walking in the footsteps of Scott & Helen Nearing
Greg Joly and Mary Diaz purchased a piece of land in Jamaica Vermont and hand built a homestead. Following in the footsteps of Scott and Helen Nearing who in 1932 left New York City to establish a homestead in Jamaica Vermont. There experiment in living the simple life, building…
Added by Bruce Weaver on September 27, 2012 at 5:26pm — No Comments
I wash each harvest from my garden and I go about it with meticulous care. Each pea pod is rubbed and scrubbed under lukewarm water (I can't handle cold water running over my hands for long periods of time, because, frankly, I'm a sissy). Each spinach, lettuce and basil leaf is…Continue
Gardening tips: how to hand pollinate tomatoes for larger production of your container garden. Many gardeners leave pollination to the bees, but if you want to see the best harvests, you can take matters into your own hands.
In this video I am going to show you the best way to hand pollinate your tomatoes. All you need is an electric toothbrush and…
Added by Robert Brennan on July 30, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments