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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Gardening, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Spring in Abundance: A Picture Tour of My Garden

Spring in Abundance: A Picture Tour of My Garden

Spring in Abundance **This is my first large garden at my first real homestead. I have been super busy getting my compost ready, making raised beds, and lovingly raising tons of plants from seed. So far, things in my garden are going great! I have decided that Spring is the happiest time of the year. Everyday, I practically run to my garden to see how my plants are doing, and I just get so happy to see them all looking healthy and vibrant. I have much to be thankful for!  **Someone once asked me to take pictures of my garden and to let her know how my garden is doing. I decided that I may as well make it a post so that anyone can see a glimpse of my garden these days! Someday, maybe I will take a video tour of my garden! Until then, here are a few glimpses of my happy, healthy paradise:   My strawberries are coming in! They are super tasty, and I’m excited...

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Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Gardening, Uncategorized | 10 comments

The Ultimate Gardening Guide

The Ultimate Gardening Guide

 The Ultimate Gardening Guide Whether you have been gardening for years and years or you are just a newbie, gardening can be overwhelming. It can be considered a tough, bothersome chore. It can be stressful. However, it doesn’t have to be! The key to keeping calm about gardening is to plan things in advance! Start reading and researching a variety of articles about gardening, plants, seeds, tools, etc. Start observing your land as well: climate, sun vs. shade, etc. If you are organized and prepared for a variety of issues, you might be surprised by how smoothly things go for your next (or first!) garden. For that reason, I have prepared the Ultimate Gardening Guide. Enjoy!   For Beginner Gardeners: 1. First thing to ask yourself: where will your garden be located?  Don’t place your garden too far from a water source/faucet (ahem, guilty over here) Observe your possible location over an entire day: how much sun and shade does the land get? Is your land perfectly flat or...

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Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in Fruit, Vegetables | 2 comments

The Benefits of Fermented Foods

The Benefits of Fermented Foods

The Benefits of Fermented Foods Fermented foods are like a whole new world for me. To tell the truth, I’ve always found them a bit frightening. The only fermented food I grew up with was homemade sauerkraut. When I was a child, our breezeway would be full of rotting, stinking cabbage during the winter. My parents loved making homemade sauerkraut, but as a child, the idea of eating something that was “rotting” for a long time and that smelled “awful” sounded scary. To this day, I still get a bit squeamish about fermenting foods, but I recently started reading a brand-new book from my friends at Oh Lardy called Oh Lardy’s Guide to Fermenting Fruits and Vegetables. Oh Lardy’s book on fermenting fruits and vegetables was an eye-opener for me. I had no idea that fermented foods were SO healthy! In addition, as a history-lover, I found it fascinating that fermented foods have been commonplace for centuries. This was really the only way our ancestors could preserve food. With refrigeration,...

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Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Fruit, Gardening, Uncategorized, Vegetables | 24 comments

Fall Gardening Planting Guide

Fall Gardening Planting Guide

It’s Time to do some Fall Garden Planting! Did you know you don’t have to stop gardening just because it is soon going to be Fall season? I just left a local plant store and I was pretty disappointed. There were NO vegetable or fruit plants to plant in my garden for this fall. They barely even had any seeds for me to buy! It seems to me that most people will never truly understand that they can plant produce in the fall if the plant nurseries don’t help spread the news! So here I am, doing my best. I highly recommend that you try planting vegetables, fruits, and herbs this fall! No matter what garden zone you live in, there are some plants that you can grow. Check it out!   Fall Gardening Planting Guide:   Vegetables 1. Arugula: Arugula is not a picky plant, and any gardeners can try growing it. You can grow it almost year-round since it is a quick-growing plant, however, the later you...

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Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Fruit, Gardening, Herbs, Vegetables | 5 comments

Spring Garden Planning

Spring Garden Planning

   It’s time for Spring Garden Planning! **Anyone who loves gardening (like me) might get a tingle of excitement go up and down the spine just by saying this sentence out loud: “It’s time for Spring Garden Planning!” It’s true, too. Spring time is just around the corner, folks!  **Writing about Spring Garden Planning is a difficult thing, since we all live in different places in the world and Spring comes at different times for all of us, depending on our time zone and garden zone. For example, I used to live in Michigan. March is a bit early to think of Spring Garden Planning up there. If you think your region is not ready for Spring Garden Planning, you might want to check out my Early Spring Garden Planning post.  **I live in South Carolina now, however, and now is the time to get ready for Spring planting! This does not mean that it is necessarily too late to plant the plants I mention in my Early Spring...

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