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Home gardening: How to start your spring garden

March 08, 2023 -

If you're a gardening beginner, it's never too early to start planning your spring garden. Spring crops are great for beginners because they are some of the easiest, most resilient and quickest growing veggies.Benefits of starting a spring garden

If you have doubts about planning a garden, these benefits might help change your mind:

Planning ahead means you can prepare and relieve some of the stress that comes ...

Keep your garden soil healthy with crop rotation

November 07, 2022 -

This practice involves rotating plant families from one season to the next, meaning you don't plant related crops in the same location more than three years in a row. Doing this can help improve the soil quality in your garden. (h/t to is crop rotation important for a home garden?

Crop rotation helps maintain the balance of nutrients, organic matter and microorganisms needed for healthy garden soil. The practice is also good for the growth of beneficial ...

15 Perennial herbs to grow in your survival garden

March 01, 2023 -

The best thing about perennials is that as long as you keep them well-mulched and in organic matter-rich soil, they'll pretty much take care of themselves – giving you a low-maintenance way to continually increase your food supplies. (Related: Survival gardening: Why you should grow these 7 edible perennials.)

Here are some amazing medicinal perennial herbs to grow in your survival garden. (h/t to hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Anise hyssop ...

Time-saving hacks for beginners starting a home garden

December 05, 2022 -

If you're busy, start by setting up an efficient watering system to save time and utilize shade or partial-shade areas on your property to maximize your growing space.Soil quality is important

Before you plant anything, find out what kind of soil you're working with. This information can help you determine which types of gardens to plan.

Conduct an in-home soil test or take a soil sample to your local extension office and see if they will test it.

Sandy ...

6 Common homemade organic fertilizers for your home garden

October 12, 2022 -

Some gardeners are fine with using fertilizer from big box stores that contain at least 10 percent of each of those critical elements. But you can create organic fertilizer at home if you want to save some money.

The six garden amendments detailed below can be made with simple equipment and they'll allow you to repurpose many items that you might consider waste products. (h/t to manure

Animal manure is the most common homemade organic ...

12 Useful medicinal herbs to grow in your home garden

July 25, 2023 -

Below are 12 herbs with many medicinal uses that you can find in the wild or grow in your home garden. (h/t to (Medicago sativa)

Alfalfa is often used as feed for livestock because it is full of nutrients.

Alfalfa is considered the "father of all plants," and its roots can grow 20 to 30 feet deep. It contains a lot of protein for a plant.

Alfalfa contains vitamin K and other essential nutrients, such as vitamin C, copper, folate ...

Homesteading 101: How to start your own medicinal herb garden

June 01, 2023 -

This ensures that when you run out of medicine, you can use herbs and plants from your garden to treat common ailments like a stomachache. (h/t to

Here are some beginner-friendly herbs to grow in your garden.Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

You can use calendula externally to soothe rashes, irritated skin and to encourage collagen production.

Rub calendula oil into your skin to soothe and protect healthy skin.

Tips for growing calendula:

You ...

Home gardening tips: How to maintain a drought-resistant garden

January 31, 2023 -

Before SHTF, you need to learn how to survive in an area with limited water, especially if you are prepping for your whole family and you have a garden on your property.

Here are some of the different aspects of drought-resistant gardening. (h/t to is important

You need water to stay alive.

Agriculture is one of the most important uses of water and most farmers rely on rainwater for at least 85 percent of their water needs. The remainder ...

Gardening tips: How to start a concrete block raised bed garden

June 26, 2023 -

If you want to grow different crops in lousy soil, you can do so with a concrete block raised bed garden. (h/t to

Usually, stacks of concrete blocks are associated with building construction sites, not gardens, so it is unusual to see tomato plants sticking out of them.

While the idea of putting a rectangular stack of concrete blocks in your yard sounds like an eyesore, you can make sure they complement your landscaping by planning ahead.

There ...

Prepper medicine: 9 Medicinal herbs to plant in your home garden

April 18, 2023 -

If you grow these herbs in your backyard, you won’t have to go out foraging for hours on end or put your faith in store-bought herbs that have been depleted of their nutrient content, says herbalist Dr. Nicole Apelian.

Here are 9 useful herbs you should have in your home garden:California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

The California poppy contains a variety of plant compounds, including alkaloids (allocryptopine and protopine) and flavone glycosides, which are ...

Home gardening essentials: Here’s how to use tarps for your garden

March 10, 2023 -

But according to Bob Rogers of Survivopedia, tarps can also be used in your home garden. (h/t to is tarping?

Rogers writes about tarping, which he discovered during a visit to a friend's farm in Oregon. His friend used tarping for weed control and season extension, giving him an advantage over his fellow farmers.

Tarping is a method that involves covering crop beds with tarps. This then warms the soil and gets rid of spring-emergent weeds a ...

Gardening tips for preppers: How to start a medicinal herb garden

October 28, 2022 -

If you want easy access to healing medicinal herbs, plant herbs like calendula and lavender in your home garden.

You can start an herb garden in your homestead, or in a container garden if you live in an apartment in the city. (h/t to of having a medicinal herb garden

While you can simply buy medicinal herbs at a health food store, it's better to grow your own herbs because of these amazing benefits:

Beginners can easily grow ...

EPA denies petition to regulate pesticide-coated seeds that harm pollinators

October 07, 2022 -

These crop seeds are coated with systemic insecticides known as neonicotinoids, the most widely used insecticides that have devastating environmental effects.

EPA's response was pursuant to the court-set deadline. "EPA does not, at this time, agree with the petition that there is a violation necessitating aggressive enforcement," the letter which was digitally signed by Edward Messina, director of EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs.

"We gave EPA a golden chance ...

6 Everyday items that you can use to fertilize your home garden

January 06, 2023 -

Below are six common things that you can turn into an organic fertilizer. An organic fertilizer is a fertilizer derived from organic sources, including organic compost, cattle manures, poultry droppings and domestic sewage.Banana peel

Rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium, banana peels boost photosynthesis and help with the creation of food for your plants (chloroform).

Place one banana peel in a Mason jar, fill it with water and let it sit for two to seven ...

USDA stirs surveillance suspicions as it sets up national vegetable garden database

October 11, 2022 -

As per the agency's website, it is building a "more diverse and resilient local food system to address issues like nutrition access and climate change." The guidelines provided that school gardens, community gardens, urban farms and small-scale agriculture projects in rural, suburban and urban areas can be recognized as a "people's garden" once they register on the site.

"We welcome gardens nationwide to join us in the people's garden effort and all it represents," USDA ...

Salt fermentation: How to turn your garden vegetables into super healthy probiotic foods

April 18, 2023 -

When you make salt-brined pickles or turn cabbages and radishes into kimchi, the salt you use can limit the growth of unwanted microorganisms, protecting your produce from spoilage. At the same time, fermentation allows probiotic microorganisms, such as Lactobacilli acidophilus, to flourish.

Once the fermentation process is done, you can repack fermented vegetables into clean jars and store them in your refrigerator for at least four to five months. Fermented vegetables ...

Home defense tips: 7 Ways to protect your garden from looters and intruders

March 13, 2023 -

Before SHTF, it would be wise to protect your garden from looters and intruders so your hard work doesn't go to waste. If you're not sure where to start, try setting up an alarm or getting a guard dog to protect your property. (h/t to

As a prepper, you must learn how to prep discreetly. This means not telling all your neighbors about your gear and survival stockpile.

You should also learn how to protect your property from trespassers and thieves ...

Gardening tips: How to grow greens and microgreens indoors

December 08, 2022 - garden seeds.

You should also avoid bird or wild animal seed partly because of how it has been packed and treated.Considerations before growing greens and microgreens

When growing microgreens follow the steps properly to avoid contamination risks, such as E. coli.

Some seed varieties are more susceptible than others and the risk increases the longer you store uneaten greens. There are several ways to prevent contamination when growing microgreens....

Home gardening tips: How to start tomatoes from seed

December 09, 2022 -

If you're not sure where to start, try learning how to start tomatoes from seed.

Starting tomato plants from seed offers several benefits. First, it gives you an early start to enable a longer harvest. It can also help prevent diseases, which means you make the most of your plants in the garden.

Knowing how to start tomatoes from seed can help you save on groceries, especially since prices are steadily increasing store prices. If you know how to start tomatoes ...

Texas Ready’s Lucinda Bailey and the Health Ranger discuss how to MAXIMIZE food garden production when it matters most

June 01, 2023 -

Bailey is an expert in food production yields, who wants to teach people how to get the most out of their gardens. Adams said gardening isn't just about seeds. but also about knowing how to turn those seeds into edible food in the most efficient way possible. Bailey's company, which is based in the Lone Star State, provides not only seed collections but also training.

According to the Natural News and founder, growing vegetables as a hobby will become a key ...

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