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Carrie Seal-Stahl commented on Matthew Riland's blog post 'A Simple Seed Starting Stand'
"NICE! What a great idea!"
Feb 4, 2013
Jennifer commented on Matthew Riland's blog post 'A Simple Seed Starting Stand'
"Nicely done! The chains seem like such a smart addition. I'd say this ranks pretty low on the eyesore scale—lower than the ugly humidifier I've got parked in the middle of my living room—and will be even prettier once it's…"
Jan 30, 2013
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A Simple Seed Starting Stand

Depending on your location and planting schedule, it may soon be time to start thinking about starting those seeds indoors. If you are considering trying this for the first time, here is a simple stand that you can build quickly to get things started.For the last seven years I have been starting seeds indoors with great success. My previous seed starting set-up was one 48 inch long fluorescent light with 4 bulbs, I…See More
Jan 29, 2013
Matthew Riland posted photos
Dec 6, 2012
MisAnthrope commented on Matthew Riland's blog post 'Building a Low Tunnel'
"This is awesome!  I'd been pondering how to make a few of these myself.  "
Oct 31, 2012
Matthew Riland posted a blog post

Building a Low Tunnel

One of the biggest challenges in having a winter garden is protecting it from the weather. Most people do not live in regions where the weather is perfect all year-round. So, in order to have a winter garden, most gardeners need some level of protection for their crops.There are so many ways to protect your…See More
Sep 27, 2012
Christy Snyder commented on Matthew Riland's photo
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Tomatoes & Basil - 9/12/12

"Beautiful!  What a great idea, I may have to  steal this idea for my garden to make more room for goodies!  "
Sep 13, 2012
Matthew Riland posted photos
Sep 12, 2012
Lisa Stephens commented on Matthew Riland's blog post 'Planting a Winter Garden'
"We just planted our first winter garden. thanks for the tips!"
Aug 29, 2012
Matthew Riland posted a blog post

Planting a Winter Garden

Even though it is still summer, its time to start thinking about the winter garden. Gardening in the winter is a little different from gardening in other seasons. The winter garden is more about harvesting then growing. For a winter garden you need to have all of your crops close to full size by the time the days start getting shorter and the weather starts getting colder.There is a wide selection of vegetables and…See More
Aug 29, 2012
Matthew Riland replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Canning Peaches 101'
"We are by no means experts on the matter, but we have not had any issues using the ceramic topped stove. We have only had it for about a year and a half, but so far so good. We not only use it for canning, but we use it frequently for day to day…"
Aug 24, 2012
Matthew Riland posted a blog post

Canning Peaches

If you've never enjoyed home-canned peaches in the middle of winter, I urge you to try them. Nothing brings back the warm days of summer like the taste of a home-canned peach. Sure you can buy canned peaches in the supermarket, but I have yet to find one that comes close to those canned at home at the peak of ripeness.I have been canning peaches at home for that past several years. I still consider myself a novice,…See More
Aug 11, 2012
Aliza Ess commented on Matthew Riland's blog post 'Shagbark Hickory Syrup'
"Very interesting! I went to a maple syrup demo a few years back and they also made syrup from tapping box elder."
Aug 7, 2012
Matthew Riland commented on Matthew Riland's blog post 'Planting a Fall Garden'
"Thank you Cornelia for sharing this. We are also planning a winter garden this year as well, more to come."
Aug 1, 2012
Matthew Riland commented on Matthew Riland's blog post 'Saving Sugar Snap Pea Seeds'
"Thank you Jennifer, I am always glad to share my experiences."
Aug 1, 2012
Jennifer commented on Matthew Riland's blog post 'Saving Sugar Snap Pea Seeds'
"Hi, Matthew. This is fantastic—and what lovely photos! We're hoping to compile all of the great info folks have shared on seed saving, but in the meantime, I dropped a link to this page into Chris's post on tomato seed saving. Thanks…"
Aug 1, 2012

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Trying to grow a year round harvest in our backyard garden.
If we can build it, make it or grow it, then there is no need to buy it.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Homemade pizza with swiss chard and spinach, but every meal at home is the greatest.
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Mother Earth News
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Tomato Ladders and Cucumber Trellises.
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A Simple Seed Starting Stand

Wire shelf seed starting stand.

Depending on your location and planting schedule, it may soon be time to start thinking about starting those seeds indoors. If you are considering trying this for the first time, here is a simple stand that you can build quickly to get things started.

For the last seven years I have been starting seeds indoors with great success. My previous seed starting set-up…

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Posted on January 29, 2013 at 9:18pm — 2 Comments

Building a Low Tunnel

One of the biggest challenges in having a winter garden is protecting it from the weather. Most people do not live in regions where the weather is perfect all year-round. So, in order to have a winter garden, most gardeners need some level of protection for their…

Continue

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Planting a Winter Garden

Swiss chard plants in the garden.

Even though it is still summer, its time to start thinking about the winter garden. Gardening in the winter is a little different from gardening in other seasons. The winter garden is more about harvesting then growing. For a winter garden you need to have all of your crops close to full size by the time the days start getting shorter and the weather starts getting…

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Posted on August 29, 2012 at 5:04pm — 1 Comment

Canning Peaches

Rows of canned peaches.

If you've never enjoyed home-canned peaches in the middle of winter, I urge you to try them. Nothing brings back the warm days of summer like the taste of a home-canned peach. Sure you can buy canned peaches in the supermarket, but I have yet to find one that comes close to those canned at home at the peak of ripeness.

I have been canning peaches at home…

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Posted on August 11, 2012 at 7:54am

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At 1:19pm on July 27, 2012, Jennifer said…

Hi, Matthew! Welcome to HOMEGROWN! My name is Jennifer, and I'm the flock tender here (site updater and tweaker, feeder and waterer of content). Seems like you’ve already started finding your way around HOMEGROWN. I love it that you’re already so active on the site! I’ve grabbed a few of your photos for our new album Hey, I Grew That!—and I hope you’ll post more! We’d love it if you kept us updated on how the year-round harvest is going by posting to our member blog, The Stew. It's A-OK to re-post from elsewhere if you’ve got an existing blog.

 

You can always find the latest additions to the site at the very top of the homepage, and if you’ve got questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment on my profile page or email me at wehunt@farmaid.org. I’m so glad you found us and hope you feel right at home!

 
 
 

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