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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 Apr 20, 2015 in Uncategorized, Vegetables, watermelon | 9 comments

How to Grow Watermelon

How to Grow Watermelon

  How to Grow Watermelon **Watermelons are surprisingly easy to grow as long as the plants have plenty of room to spread, good drainage, lots of sunlight, and a sufficiently long growing season. Gardeners in northern climates should choose early ripening varieties.   Position **Location is super important: pick a spot that gets 8-10 hours of sunlight per day that is protected from high winds. **Plant them 6 feet apart in a place that will stay damp: work in plenty of compost and mound the soil into small hills. Plant the seeds in these hills and cover with mulch or some sort of weed cover (like this) to maintain moisture and soil temperature.   Propagation **To ensure proper germination, wait until your soil temps are at least a steady 70 degrees Fahrenheit before planting your seeds. **Plant approximately 2-3 weeks AFTER your last frost date. **You can start seeds 4 weeks before you plant to plant them in the garden if you want, though they might not start unless...

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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 27, 2014 in Gardening, Garlic, Vegetables | 10 comments

How to Grow Garlic

How to Grow Garlic

  How to Grow Garlic Garlic is such a popular item in the kitchen that it should always be on the top-ten list of things to grow for any gardeners. Even better? It’s a pretty easy, low-maintenance plant to grow in the garden, so anyone can try to grow garlic at home!   There are a few different types of Garlic: Hardneck Garlic: Hardneck garlic varieties have a stiff stem in the center that is surrounded by a ring of cloves. Hardnecks are often the most hardy varieties of garlic. Hardneck garlic is best suited for zones 3-6. Hardneck varieties do best in climates that have a real winter. If grown in warm climates, it often is vulnerable to splitting and may not even grow. When Hardneck garlic dries, it is too rigid to make garlic braids. Softneck Garlic: Softneck garlic has a flexible stem in the center and is surrounded by layers of cloves. This is the type most often sold in grocery stores. Softnecks are best grown in climates with...

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