What is From the Ground Up?
From the Ground Up is a documentary project that provides an inspiring look at gardeners in three cities, juxtaposing these modern urban farmers with the original Victory Gardeners who during WWII grew food in backyards, on balconies, any wherever they could. At their peak, these gardeners yielded 40% of the produce consumed in the US. Today a Sacramento teacher and her young sons “take on City Hall” to fight for…Continue
[originally appeared at http://upcountry-living.com/2012/9/7/flashcard-philosophy-gardening-as-therapy]
Pursuing hobbies and passions is therapeutic. Even at the beginning, when you're…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
In this DIY project, I will show you how to build a self-watering container for your vegetable gardening.
There are many benefits to container gardening and this project takes it one step further. An internal reservoir allows the soil to naturally wick up water to the roots of the plant. Top gardening tips will tell you to never let your plants get too…Continue
As a community, the residents of Reno, Nevada are not so healthy. We show up high on charts for obesity - especially for children - and low on charts for fitness. There is an opportunity to change that. The not-for-profit hospital I work for issued a Community Health Challenge in celebration of its 150th birthday…Continue
Ever wondered how long you can save your seeds and have them still be viable? We've created this chart to help you determine the longevity of your seeds.
Proper seed storage conditions are cool and dark. The moisture content within the seed greatly affects germination rates. Seeds should be stored in their original packaging in a cool (below 50 degrees Fahrenheit), dark place where their moisture content will stay relatively stable. Here at High Mowing we keep our seed cooler at…Continue
I have been thinking about the lessons I have learned about homesteading since we bought this place almost two years ago. Some were very subtle, others hit you right between the eyes letting you know what you did was a dumb idea!
1. Labradors do not belong on homesteads that have chickens! We had to find a home for our chocolate
lab Hershey because she liked our chickens as much as we do. Labs are wonderful dogs but it is their nature to hunt birds and small…Continue
Howdy folks! This is my entry for the cook-off, and actually this is a post that I made on my CCR blog earlier in the week.
I would say that 95% of the ingredients in this recipe are from my front yard garden, and 99% of the ingredients that ended up on the final plate are from our front yard garden. I say front yard, because we have a back yard garden also.
**cross-posted from my blog, Semi-Farmed Kind of Life, that highlights my family's adventures as we establish our own organic subsistence farm in NE Ohio. If you enjoy it, please subscribe and tell a friend. **
I woke up today to screaming thighs. It's astonishing how out of shape you can get over a long winter while working a desk job. Fortunately, I've got several free days left to get back in the swing of…
Added by lexirain2001 on May 9, 2011 at 9:11am — No Comments
Check out what X-Gardening is all about in the mountains of Colorado in the May/June 2011 of the Essential Herbal Magazine written by yours truly!
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Yesterday I made Feta cheese for the first time! Why am I putting it in a gardening blog? Tomatoes! I'm learning now so I can make some in TOMATO SEASON! Goats=cheese + tomatoes= YUM!
I already learned Mozzarella last year and wanted to learn how to make Feta too as I like both these…Continue
Added by Jannine Cabossel on April 5, 2011 at 1:23am — No Comments
This past summer, I decided I wanted to spend more time in Detroit doing some urban gardening. I called up the volunteer coordinator of the Greening of Detroit to find out about volunteer days and she sent me to the Oakland Community Garden on the north end of the city. There I met Jerry Hebron, who…
Added by Cara Rosaen on March 28, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments
About a month ago I was tired of winter. The doldrums had me....well, feeling humdrum. I needed something green. Something needed to grow! Unfortunately nowhere around us sells seeds or sprouts so I hopped on the line and had some friends in Charleston, SC pick up some seeds at a local whole food-type…Continue
Added by me on February 24, 2011 at 4:52pm — No Comments
Cold, frozen days are inspiring me to dream about the next season's garden. Not an expert by any means. But I'm determined to garden smarter each season, even on a small scale. My husband and I have the usual arguments about pest control, which involve me swearing off any synthetic pesticides, while he eventually sneaks out a can of this or that when he thinks he has no other alternative.
I'm aiming to read through the new (2009 anyway) Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of…Continue
Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 17, 2011 at 3:23pm — No Comments
Hot is not how I would describe our family's backyard compost pile. Wam, I hope. Definitely not smelly, but not the hottest thing around. The more I read how the experts explain composting, I don't think ours is cold or passive. I do make an effort to turn it about once per week But it's, well, simple at best. My husband, skillful as he is, never found time to build one of those fancy corrals that some of you have. At first, I thought we needed…
Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 12, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments
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After your first or second year playing around in your garden/balcony, window planters, etc. it's easy to get an itchy green thumb! Once you've gardening for several seasons, you're more able to notice what grows well where in your area, better understand the micro-climate you provide your plants, your sun/shade setting, etc.
If you're at that point, it might be time to truly dive in to this homestead adventure that many of us are…Continue
Added by Arika on January 15, 2011 at 12:11am — No Comments