DIY Sawhorse Farm Table – One Incredibly Cool, Inexpensive Farm Table!

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Sometimes, necessity and fate have a way of coming together, and in the case of our DIY Sawhorse Farm Table, it couldn’t be more true. After hosting our first farm to table event this past summer, we knew we wanted

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5 Must-Do Fall Chores For Your Outdoors! Preparing For Winter

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Winter is just around the corner, and now is the time to get out while the weather is still warm and get cracking on some must-do fall chores for your great outdoors! What you do this fall can set the

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Autumn Farm Photos From Old World Garden Farms – Fall’s Colors Arrive!

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I can’t believe it’s already time for our Autumn Farm Photos feature from the Farm! In what has become a tradition since first starting the blog back in 2012, each fall, we take a stroll around the farm to capture

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Homemade Sawhorse Plans – Simple, Cheap And Perfect For Every DIY’er!

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Every homeowner and DIY’er needs a great pair of sawhorses for projects, and with these easy to follow homemade sawhorse plans, you can make 2 great looking sawhorses on the cheap, with just a few 2 x 4’s and a

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Recipe – A Delicious, Easy To Make Dessert

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If you are looking for an easy to make, delicious dessert, then you must try No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars.   I needed to make a dessert last week but didn’t have a lot of time to spend in the

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Maple Cinnamon Rolls Recipe – Using Real Maple Syrup

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Maple Cinnamon Rolls – Move over pumpkin, maple is taking over when it comes to the most requested Autumn flavor!  In the past few years, pumpkin flavored everything has shown up in restaurants beginning mid-September and lasting through November. But

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The Raised Row Gardening Book -The Ultimate Guide To Simple Gardening!

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Our Raised Row Gardening Book is now a reality!  When we first began our little experimental raised row garden seven years ago, we never imagined how truly fun and simple gardening could really be! The advantages of raised row gardening

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No-Till Garden Cover Crops, How To Stop Next Year’s Weeds This Fall!

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When it comes to low maintenance gardening, nothing can quite lend a hand like planting no-till garden cover crops. Do you want to eliminate nearly all of your weeding woes next year? Would you like to plant your vegetables next

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Apple Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe – An Easy And Delicious Autumn Treat

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Apple Streusel Coffee Cake puts an Autumn twist on traditional coffee cake recipes.  It is packed with tart apples and a sweet streusel topping that no one can resist.  Pair it with coffee for a quick pick me up breakfast,

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Life Throws Us An Unexpected Curveball – Keeping A Positive Perspective

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Today’s Sunday Farm Update provides a personal look into the life and the power of positive perspective of Jim and Mary at Old World Garden Farms. Every Sunday we write about what is happening at the farm and typically that

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Essential DIY Tools – Creating A Great Home Workshop On A Budget!

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The Essential DIY tools needed to create a great home workshop. In spite of what many think, you don’t need a big home workshop filled with expensive tools to create and build the projects you dream up. A few weeks

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Homemade Apple Cider Recipe – Ready In Just Minutes!

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Every Autumn, as the weather begins to turn cooler and the apples are ready to be picked from the orchard, we find ourselves buying several gallons of apple cider to enjoy both hot and cold.  Over the years as we

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DIY Outdoor Living – Completed Kitchen, Pizza Oven and Pavilion Photos!

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For us, it was the ultimate DIY outdoor living project. It was also a project that took nearly the whole spring and summer to finish. But with a little work every chance we could get – our DIY outdoor living

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2×4 DIY Adirondack Chair – Perfect For The Patio, Backyard Or Fire Pit!

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If you are looking for the perfect outdoor chair for your pool, campfire, fire pit, or cabin retreat, this inexpensive, easy-to-make 2×4 DIY Adirondack chair is for you! It can be made easily in under 2 hours – with only

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All-Purpose Hot Pepper Sauce Recipe – Tastes Better Than Store Bought!

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If you have a few extra cayenne peppers on hand, you must try this Hot Pepper Sauce recipe! It tastes just like Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and it is so easy to make it yourself.  Every year we plant a

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Planting Fall Bulbs – 3 Great Varieties To Add Color To Spring Landscapes!

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When it comes to adding a pop of early spring color, nothing can quite match the simplicity and beauty of planting fall bulbs! Fall bulbs are easy to plant, and provide years of early spring color to your landscape. All

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Farm To Table Dinner Photos – A Night To Remember!

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What a night to remember! Even a little bit of off and on drizzle couldn’t stop 40 of our followers from coming to the farm to enjoy a night of friendship and food at our first ever Farm To Table

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How To Create A Great Fall Compost Pile For Next Year’s Garden!

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If you want to have a great garden and healthy plants next year, then creating a great fall compost pile is a must! Having ready-made compost in the spring is the key to getting your garden and flowers off to

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Honey Barbecue Chicken Wings Recipe – Instant Pot and Crock Pot Instructions

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One of our favorite meals this time of year is Honey Barbecue Wings.  Not only are they absolutely delicious, but they are also simple and easy to make! With just a few common ingredients you can have award-winning wings on

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Planting Fall Garlic And Onions – 4 Simple Tips To A Great Crop!

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It’s hard to believe it, but it’s time for planting fall garlic and onions!  Both garlic and onions are perfect crops to plant in the early fall for a great harvest next June. Planting now allows a good 4 to 6

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How To Divide Perennial Plants This Fall – Create New Plants For Free!

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There is no better time to divide perennial plants than in late summer and early fall! Dividing and transplanting perennial plants is more than just a great way to create loads of new plants. It’s also an excellent way to

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Planting A Fall Garden Cover Crop – An Inexpensive Way To An Incredible Garden!

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Without a bit of hesitation, I can tell you our fall garden cover crop is the single most important factor in the overall success of our garden every single year. It simply delivers on so many levels! Want more fertile

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The 3 Most Common Fall Gardening Mistakes – And How To Avoid Them!

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One of the best ways to be sure to have a great garden next year is to avoid making fall gardening mistakes now! It’s hard to believe, but summer is coming to a close, and fall is right around the

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup – Made With Fresh or Canned Tomatoes

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One of my favorite comfort meals is a bowl of tomato basil soup, especially when paired with a thick and gooey grilled cheese sandwich.  Take it one step further and there isn’t anything better than tasting your own homemade tomato

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The Building Of The Wood Fired Brick Pizza Oven – Part 2

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We can almost taste the first pizza from our wood-fired brick pizza oven right now! Well, almost. As we head into weekend #5 of the building process, this project by far has been our most labor intensive DIY effort ever.

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Planting Apple Trees – 3 Great Backyard Varieties To Plant This Fall!

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Fall is the perfect time for planting, especially when it comes to planting apple trees! Apple trees really are the ultimate tree for the backyard. Not only do they look beautiful and provide shade, they can also provide 25 years

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Hot Pepper Mustard Recipe – The Secret is Revealed

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Over the past several years, many of you have asked us for our Hot Pepper Mustard Recipe. Well, until now, that recipe has never been shared, not even with Jim! I first had hot pepper mustard when I was in

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Farm To Table Winners – And How Should We Decorate The Table? Help!

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The names have all been drawn, and the September 2nd OWG Farm to Table dinner event is on! And now, we need a little help with some ideas to decorate our outdoor table that night!  We want to make the

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4 Keys To Create A Gorgeous, Easy To Maintain, Low Cost Landscape!

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In spite of what many think, it really is possible to create a stunning, easy to maintain, low cost landscape. In fact, with a little planning, labor and DIY gusto, you can create nearly anything you can imagine. And for

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Grandma’s Garden Pasta Sauce Recipe – Fresh, Canned or Frozen!

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Nothing beats the taste of Garden Pasta Sauce made from fresh picked tomatoes, peppers, and onions, especially if they come from your own backyard garden. Unless of course, that recipe was passed down by your Grandmother. I came across my Grandma’s

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Mid-Summer Garden Photos – It’s Harvest Time In Full Color

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Mid-Summer Garden Photos from Old World Garden Farms. Summertime is here, and that means our Raised Row Garden is bursting at the seams with fresh produce!  From fresh cabbage to cauliflower, cucumbers, onions, green peppers, beans, tomatoes and more, it

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Perennial Plants – 5 Great Choices For Summer Planting And Lasting Color!

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When it comes to creating low maintenance, long-lasting summer color, perennial plants are a must. And summer is the perfect time to plant and get them started in the landscape! Although annuals like Petunias, Geraniums and Impatiens provide big splashes

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How to Can Diced Tomatoes – Enjoy Garden Tomatoes All Year Long!

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Learn how to can diced tomatoes and not only will you be able to enjoy the delicious taste of summertime tomatoes any time of the year, but you will also save time and money! Every year, as the tomatoes begin

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Building An Old-Fashioned Pulley Clothesline – The Smell of Fresh Laundry!

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It’s funny how something as simple as an old-fashioned pulley clothesline can bring back incredible memories of childhood. But that is exactly what happened yesterday for both Mary and I.  We spent a few hours in the afternoon installing our

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Tomato Hornworms – Controlling Summer’s Most Destructive Garden Pest!

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When it comes to destructive summer garden pests, tobacco and tomato hornworms might just top the list! The ugly green creatures can measure 4 to 5 inches long, and devour tomato and pepper plants overnight.  Hornworms are found in almost

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The Secrets To Perfectly Canned Salsa – Recipe Included

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As canning season begins, you should know that there are several secrets to making the perfectly canned salsa.  Salsa is by far, one of the most popular recipes that is made from ingredients in a backyard garden. Many people grow

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3 Keys To Keep Hanging Baskets Blooming And Beautiful All Summer!

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Nothing adds stunning color and beauty to a landscape like hanging baskets blooming in all their glory! Whether on a front porch, back porch, patio, or perched on a post in the middle of the yard, hanging baskets brighten up

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Re-Planting A Mid Summer Vegetable Garden – A 2nd Chance For Harvest!

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Planting a mid-summer vegetable garden is an excellent way to increase and extend your garden’s harvest! Perhaps your spring-planted garden got away from you this year. Or, maybe life was simply too busy to get one planted at all. Well,

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Homemade Pickling Spice – Never Buy It Again!

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It’s time to ditch store-bought pickling spice and make your own! Making it is super easy and there is no need to worry about if it is safe for preserving. Actually, pickling spice has nothing to do with the actual

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Planning A Night For You – A Farm To Table Dinner Event At The Farm!

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It is a day we have dreamed of since first starting our little farm some 6+ years ago, hosting a farm to table dinner, smack in the middle of our 3 acre homestead! Even better, it will give us an

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4 Inspiring Books That Motivated, Shaped And Changed Our Life Forever!

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Today’s article is a bit out of the norm for us. But from time to time, it really is a good thing to get out of your comfort zone. In fact, personally, it is one of the most enjoyable posts

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Homemade Lemonade Recipe – Simple, Yet Delicious

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Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day, than an ice-cold glass of lemonade. Especially if that lemonade is homemade! I remember when I was a child setting up a lemonade stand in our tiny little neighborhood, hoping to

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Why Living Smaller Is Living Better! The 5 Big Keys To Downsizing

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It never ceases to amaze us how many people want to know if living smaller is really living better. Well, it really is! There has not been a single day we have missed oversized suburban home, or all of the

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The Secret To Making And Grilling Hamburgers – Perfect Every Time!

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After many years of trying and several failed attempts, we have finally figured out the secret to making and grilling hamburgers.  No more dry and brittle burgers, no more under-cooked and red centers, and no more chewy and flavorless chunks

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Battling Summer Garden Pests Successfully – Without Harsh Chemicals!

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Winning the war against summer garden pests without harsh chemicals. Summer is here. And so are the myriad of insects, animals and pests that love to invade you and your landscape! From Japanese beetles, tomato hornworms, aphids, cabbage worms, slugs, rabbits, and

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Watering The Garden – How To Avoid The 3 Most Common Mistakes!

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When it comes to watering the garden, how, when and how much you water makes all the difference! Although watering vegetable plants can seem like a trivial task, there really is a science behind proper watering techniques. Bad watering habits

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Sweet Tomato Jam Recipe – Out Of This World Tomato Flavor!

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Sweet tomato jam – where have you been all my life? I first tried sweet tomato jam at a local bistro years ago.  A friend of mine had ordered an appetizer that consisted of toasted baguette, crackers and a variety

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Creating A DIY Paver Patio – 5 Big Keys To A Successful Project

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Whether it’s a patio or a sitting area tucked away in the corner of your yard, a DIY paver patio can add visual interest and beauty to your landscape.  In addition to their great look, they also have big advantages

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Why You Need To Prune Tomatoes and Peppers – And How To Do It!

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When you prune tomatoes and peppers, good things happen in your garden! If there is one simple chore in the summer that can make a big difference to harvesting a healthy and faster-ripening crop, it’s pruning. Both tomatoes and peppers

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How To Easily Freeze Spinach – A Great Way To Preserve Fresh Spinach

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How to Freeze Spinach… Do you rely on frozen spinach boxes in the middle of winter for your dips, soups and casseroles? Why not do it yourself and freeze spinach from a fresh batch this summer? Every year it seems

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The Farm, House and Garden Photo Update – One Year After Breaking Ground!

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The Farm, House and Garden Photo Update One Year Later. It’s hard to believe that it has been one year since we broke ground on building our Simple House at the farm! And in those 365 days that have passed

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How To Protect Cucumber Plants From Beetles And Powdery Mildew

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Looking for ways to protect cucumber plants from the onslaught of beetles and disease?  Cucumbers are the second most popular vegetable grown in home gardens, playing second fiddle to only the beloved tomato. Gardeners everywhere simply love to grow and

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How To Eradicate Weeds From Overtaking Your Garden. Make Gardening Easy!

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How to eradicate weeds from the garden and make gardening fun… “Can you please tell me how to stop weeds from overtaking my garden!” Every garden season, that is the question that arrives in our inbox almost daily. Weeds can

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4 Keys To Keep A Newly Planted Garden Growing Strong And Healthy

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When it comes to a newly planted garden, a little attention now can pay off big later! The first few weeks after planting is a critical time for vegetable plants. It is when tender seedlings and transplants are at their

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Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe – Better and Healthier Than Store Bought!

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Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on the can of Sloppy Joes sauce? If you haven’t, the most likely first ingredient will be High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Don’t stop reading there, you may also find regular corn

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Fertilizing Vegetable Gardens Organically – When, How And What To Use!

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When it comes to fertilizing vegetable gardens, nothing can top good old, time-tested organic solutions! Not only are they safe to use on the plants that will feed your family, they are extremely economical. Organic fertilizers, with their natural nutrients,

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How To Support Tomato Plants Easily – And Why It’s So Important!

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When you support tomato plants and pepper plants properly, good things happen in the garden! Keeping your tomato and pepper plants off the ground plays a big role in the overall success of your crop. In fact, for as much

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3 Great Ways To Preserve Strawberries – And How To Store Fresh!

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Strawberry season is among us which means we begin to receive many questions on how we preserve strawberries so the fruit can be enjoyed all year-long.  There is nothing more satisfying than taking a bite out of a fresh picked

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Creating An Inexpensive DIY Outdoor Pizza Oven – Wood Fired Cooking!

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The DIY Outdoor Pizza Oven Project. Trying our hand at building a little outdoor living fun. Sometimes, you simply have to take a risk and try your hand at something you haven’t the slightest idea how to do. And when

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How To Protect Your Garden From Cabbage Worms And Moths – Naturally!

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Anyone who has ever grown cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower knows the damage cabbage worms and cabbage moths can do! One day your plants are healthy and vibrant, and then suddenly it looks like they have become riddled with holes like

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Canning Equipment – The Must-Have Tools For Canning Season

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Whether you are new to canning or an experienced canner, having the right canning equipment is crucial.  As canning season approaches, we thought we would answer some frequently asked questions about what type of canning equipment that we use and

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Succession Planting – How To Get The Most From Your Garden This Year!

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If there is one simple gardening method that can help feed your family consistently, its succession planting. Succession planting is all about sowing the right amount of seed to have plants to feed your family for a specific period of time. As

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