Gardening





7/22/2016
Growing food in your front yard may seem like a strange idea, but it's worked out very well for us!
7/5/2016
Anyone can reap early garden lettuces for days with little work.
5/31/2016
A biblical tradition done the modern way.
3/1/2016
An essay about the process of arriving at an understanding that modern life is too fast paced, and that communication with one's spouse is critical as a couple comes to the realization that over many years of life and raising a family, the homesteading lifestyle is what you've always really wanted.
11/19/2015
Collard greens are delicious and make a great addition to your late summer garden.
11/2/2015
Dried beans are not only delicious, packed full of nutrition, but extremely sustainable.
10/26/2015
We got our first frost of the year. Things are winding down on our urban homestead.
10/16/2015
Pumpkins are my favorite plant in the garden. They grow quickly, look cool, and taste great!
10/6/2015
It doesn't matter if you live in the country or in a big city, you can homestead anywhere.
9/11/2015
A little downtime once in a while is a good thing.
7/23/2015
Carrots aren't too hard to grow, but they do require care and attention.
6/25/2015
Squash bugs are a formidable enemy, but they can be controlled without using pesticides.
6/24/2015
A realization would sneak into my thoughts now and then – the knowledge of the reward of previous hard work, and it brought happiness to my gardening heart.
6/18/2015
Having four gardens means that there’s always something to do in at least one of them.
6/5/2015
June gardening is all about weeding. Don’t let those pesky weeds get out ahead of you this year!
5/21/2015
Fresh lettuce marks our first harvest of the year. Hopefully the start to a successful gardening season!
5/12/2015
We moved into our new house three weeks ago, and our new homestead is starting to take shape.
4/30/2015
Chives used to be in most everyone's backyard herb plot. They're easy to grow and delicious!
4/30/2015
Acid-loving plants, using coffee grounds in the garden, and the great coffee grounds pH debate.
4/28/2015
Growing greens is easy and doesn't require a lot of space. Fresh lettuce is delicious!
4/22/2015
Easy, do-it-yourself frames for garden netting help protect your garden from critters.
4/20/2015
Zinnias are beautiful and functional companion plants in the kitchen garden.
4/15/2015
Peas are easy-peasy to grow and taste great. No need for fertilizer, just sun, space, water and perhaps a fence.
4/3/2015
Starting seeds is easy. If you've never done it there is no reason to be intimidated. Here's a basic tutorial.
3/23/2015
A nostalgic look at my childhood visits to my grandmother's home in a small rural town on the Oregon coast and how she continues to influence my own garden and life decades after her death.
2/6/2015
Instead of spending money for sweet potato plants this spring, you can start your own and watch the amazing process at the same time.
1/15/2015
Those seeds inside of your pumpkins are delicious - don't throw them away!
1/8/2015
We enjoy taking the opportunity to rest and relax when it is too cold outside to garden.
12/12/2014
December is usually a quiet time for gardeners, but we're still finding a little bit of fresh food out in the side yard.
12/12/2014
Using re-purposed stones, see how we built our pit.
10/24/2014
The change of seasons has me reflecting on the words of Ecclesiastes this week.
9/11/2014
Our pumpkin harvest was small this year, due to the plague of squash bugs.
8/27/2014
It's tomato picking time on our homestead. What better way to preserve the harvest than canned salsa?
7/24/2014
Basil is easy to grow even in small spaces. You can use your harvest to make this easy, delicious pesto!
7/11/2014
Homemade pickles and relish are staples around our house, but growing cucumbers can be a real challenge.
7/3/2014
We try to use the least harmful solution to get ride of garden pests and weeds. This easy-to-make weed killer really works!
6/19/2014
Growing a delicious salad on your own front or back porch is easy. Once you've tried your own homegrown salad you'll never want any other!
6/5/2014
Rhubarb pie, rhubarb jam and rhubarb muffins are all on the menu in our kitchen at this time of year. What better way to eat locally and get Vitamin C then by picking and eating your own rhubarb!
6/4/2014
This is how our whole gardening adventure got started.
5/23/2014
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
5/19/2014
We are trying to eat more 'greens' and found that buying organic can get costly. I planted plenty this year in hopes of having a good crop to make many green smoothies in our new Vitamix.
5/6/2014
Maximizing garden space in a small city yard is a constant challenge, but I've found that window boxes aren't just for windows.
4/30/2014
A chance buy at a church rummage sale has turned into our gardening bible.
4/28/2014
These garden beds fertilize themselves the natural way!
4/28/2014
An update of spring tasks and happenings at Green's Organic Farm and Apiary.
4/16/2014
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
4/14/2014
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!
3/21/2014
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
3/17/2014
We converted a 1947 disabled water well house into a usable potting shed.
3/6/2014
One of the first veggies of spring happens to be one of my favorites, peas.
2/27/2014
100-year-old Scarlet Runner Bean seeds from Grandpa will be part of our garden this year. It's almost seed-starting time for gardeners!
2/12/2014
It's time to remember that 'frugal' is not a dirty word. Doing things for ourselves feels good and makes us less dependent on big companies to have a full life.
2/5/2014
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
1/22/2014
California has had the worst drought year in recorded history. If we don't get some rain, farmers won't be the only ones crying the blues.
1/15/2014
Using old-fashioned gardening tools and methods.
1/13/2014
Rather than choosing one variety of seed, let your little micro-climate choose it for you by growing a landrace!
1/2/2014
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
12/24/2013
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
12/10/2013
They say timing is everything ... they say location, location, location too. We say, we need more rain, fewer weeds, longer days, and a stronger back so we can get the homestead to look the way we want it to look.
11/25/2013
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
11/19/2013
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
10/30/2013
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
10/23/2013
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
10/22/2013
How personal experience and observation can save your sanity.
10/11/2013
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
9/4/2013
Let me share with you the finer nuances of canning using recipes that have been handed through the generations.
8/21/2013
What to plant in a fall garden and how.
2/15/2012
The story of how we got here and who we are.




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