What happens when you can’t get your food from the grocery store? Learn to grow your own food in your back yard, and you’ll never have to worry!
More and more people are planting backyard gardens every year for canning and preserving! Beyond the simple joy of getting to play in the dirt and experience the great outdoors – gardening has become more popular than ever as people
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Garden Dreaming? Use Seed Catalogs for Ideas to Plan Your Garden 10 Reasons seed catalogs are still relevant in the age of online shopping. These weeks after Christmas are one of my most favorite times of the year. I love the possibilities of the New Year and the way we are naturally encouraged to start […]
It will be easy to just turn your back on the garden until spring. It can wait, you think, the season is over and you’ve worked hard. You’re done growing and have moved on to preparing for the holidays. But skipping these season end garden tasks will be a big mistake. If you will take […]
Make a beautiful windbreak for your garden There are few herbs that bring as much delight as lavender. Its sweet smell and beautiful color brighten any home garden. Scent and color aside, lavender is a hard worker too, providing flowers for cooking, crafting, and herbal preparations. Lavender also mounds nicely into hedges to enhance your […]
This week’s Self Reliance Weekly Report is all about getting ready for spring.
It’s here: that time of year when it’s still winter, but the anticipation of spring is in … Read the rest
Get a jump on your spring planting schedule It’s the time of year to think about starting your seeds, but how do you keep track of planting dates? I find it a struggle to remember what seeds need to be planted when. I don’t know about you, but every year I have these big hopes for […]
Growing up is the best way to make use of your space I learned about vertical gardening very early in my gardening “career” when I planted my first set of pole beans tee-pee style. I had a wonderful gardening neighbor and she knew a lot about the best way to grow things. Together we planned […]
These Permaculture Principles will get you started on your great garden I think of Permaculture as the practice of gardening smarter, not harder, and what gardener isn’t looking for that. I’m just beginning to learn the 12 principles of Permaculture and these four are the first ones I’m striving to incorporate and put them to […]
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Even though the snow and cold of winter’s dark days will be upon us soon enough – it doesn’t mean it’s time to forget about your garden. In fact, wintertime is actually the perfect time to plan, prepare and create all kinds of garden projects to help make next year’s growing season a huge success! Whether you are planning to grow your first veggies ever – or a seasoned veteran of the backyard garden – now is the time to make sure you have everything ready you’ll need next spring to hit the ground running – or should I say hit the garden planting! Here are 4 projects you can do to help chase the wintertime blahs – and get ready for growing next Spring! Plan Your Garden Out On Paper – Now! Taking time to plan your garden over the winter months is one of the most important and overlooked chores each year. By planning now – you can figure out the best ways to get the most from the available space in your garden, and make the most of your family’s food goals. It also allows you to get a jump-start on what seeds to order – and when to start them indoors. Last but not least – […]