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Yes, FROST in June Still Kills Plants!

Yes, FROST in June Still Kills Plants!

So, what’s the date? Middle of June? The garden should be fine, right? Answer: Wrong! I’m thinking about setting fire to my gardens and calling it good…

Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow

Food Producing Trees – The Most Popular That People Grow

Do you have any food producing trees on your property? UPDATE: Scroll down for the list of most popular food producing trees. "The best time to plant a tree was '10 years ago', and/or 'today'." If you're even a little bit into the concept of self sufficiency, I highly...

Indoor Winter Gardening

Indoor Winter Gardening

Have any of you tried indoor winter gardening? Indoor plants will not only improve your mood during the cold winter months, but if you plant and succeed at indoor vegetable gardening - wouldn't that be nice?   The two big issues with winter and gardening are COLD...

Tomato Rot On The Bottom ( What Is It? ) “Blossom End Rot”

Tomato Rot On The Bottom ( What Is It? ) “Blossom End Rot”

(A picture of my tomatoes with rotten bottoms (blossom end rot) )  A surprising number of my tomatoes this year had developed what looks like tomato rot on the bottom. I've never seen this before. What happens is the bottom part of the tomato starts to appear...

Beets Nutrition For Health & Survival Garden Calories

Beets Nutrition For Health & Survival Garden Calories

Some time ago I researched and reported on vegetable garden calories. I wanted to know which vegetables are better to grow for the sake of survival & preparedness (calories!). I knew that most vegetables are pretty low in calories and may not be very practical to...

When The Garden Fails While You Need It Most

When The Garden Fails While You Need It Most

Guest article, by ‘NRP’ I am an avid Gardener, spending HUGE amounts of time and sweat equity into the fruits of my labor. Having many of times seeing my investment go completely Belly-Up, yielding low or no produce. Bugs infesting EVERYTHING, extreme heat and drought...

Ways How To Keep Weeds Down In Your Garden

Ways How To Keep Weeds Down In Your Garden

Gardening is fun. EXCEPT for those darn weeds that keep coming up! Weeding is easier to deal with in a raised garden bed (less bending over), especially if the raised bed is 2 feet tall or thereabouts! But what about a regular garden? Lots more bending! Not only that,...

Vegetable Garden Yields To Expect On Average Per 100′ Row

Vegetable Garden Yields To Expect On Average Per 100′ Row

How much will I get from my vegetable garden? If my garden rows are 'x' feet long (see chart below) how much yield should I expect? If you're trying to figure out how much yield that you might get from your vegetable garden, I found a list from LSU AgCenter. I found...

Garden Vegetable Calories List

Garden Vegetable Calories List

While deciding which vegetables to grow in your 'survival garden', among the many things to consider might be the number of calories that you will get in return for the vegetables that you choose to grow. During a time when you're literally growing a vegetable garden...

Companion Planting Chart For 10 Popular Vegetables

Companion Planting Chart For 10 Popular Vegetables

Did you know that... - Some vegetable garden plants should NOT be planted next to each other. - Other vegetables LOVE to grow next to each other... Certain plants, when grown together, improve each other’s health and yields. For instance, some plants attract...

Hardiness Zone Map and Frost Dates for your Growing Season

Hardiness Zone Map and Frost Dates for your Growing Season

Your growing season is basically determined by your climate. Growing season factors include your geographical location, elevation, temperature range, first and last frost dates, daylight hours, and rainfall. The growing season is often summarized as the days between...

I Encourage You To Go ‘All Out’ With Your Garden This Year

I Encourage You To Go ‘All Out’ With Your Garden This Year

One of the most important aspects of higher level preparedness is to be successful at gardening / growing your own food. Why? Because self-sufficiency is more important the higher you go with preparedness. Improving self-sufficiency is a cornerstone in my opinion. And...

How I’m Going To Build A Simple Tall Raised Garden Bed

How I’m Going To Build A Simple Tall Raised Garden Bed

First of all, why would one build a raised garden bed at all? The most likely answer is for the sake of bending over and your back. Other reasons include the comparative ease to amend and control the garden soil, and the potential to construct / attach a sort of green...

Plant Seed Potatoes In A Barrel For Incredible Ease & Yields

Plant Seed Potatoes In A Barrel For Incredible Ease & Yields

This year I'm going to try another way to grow potatoes. I'm going to plant my seed potatoes in a barrel. Several barrels. The past few years I've grown them the traditional way, in garden rows. For a homesteader, growing potatoes that way is a bit tedious to say the...

Seed Saving Is Neither Difficult Nor Complicated

Seed Saving Is Neither Difficult Nor Complicated

Guest Article by Lauren: Seed saving is not difficult. The hardest part of seed saving is knowing when and how the particular crop produces seeds. Some seed in the spring, some in the fall, some the 2nd year. Some have seed pods, some have fruit. If seeds come from...

Vegetable Garden Staggered Planting Every Two Weeks

Vegetable Garden Staggered Planting Every Two Weeks

Depending on the growing time to maturity (time to harvest) for a given vegetable you might consider a two week staggered planting delay instead of starting everything all at once. Why might this be a good idea? One of our readers recently said this:   "I learned...

DIY Raised Garden Bed Planters -Cold Weather Short Growing Season

DIY Raised Garden Bed Planters -Cold Weather Short Growing Season

Ideas for do-it-yourself raised garden bed planters while dealing with cold weather climates and a shorter growing season. Some of us live in northern regions and climates where the growing season is shorter and cold weather from winter takes its time releasing its...

When Is It Safe To Plant?

When Is It Safe To Plant?

image: FarmersAlmanac   When is it safe to plant garden vegetables? Is it simply after the last frost date for your area? And if that's correct, then how do you find out when is that last Spring frost date? Can you plant some vegetable crops before the last frost...

The Best Seeds To Have For Survival Preparedness

The Best Seeds To Have For Survival Preparedness

"When looking for long term survival seeds, you will need to grow carbohydrates from starchy vegetables, such as Winter squash and pumpkins, and protein from dry beans and grain. No other grain yields as well, and is as easy to harvest and grow without machinery as...

The Vegetables That You Will Grow More Of This Year

The Vegetables That You Will Grow More Of This Year

Lets talk garden. It's the time of year again when many of us are planning or even planting our vegetable gardens. The question for today is: Which vegetables are you going to grow more of this year, and why?   As we all improve our gardening skills, we discover...

Plant a Food Producing Tree

Plant a Food Producing Tree

As I sit here on the back porch enjoying the fine weather at a friend's home here in California during our cross-country road trip, I can't help but notice the fruit producing trees all around the yard - especially the orange trees which are currently loaded with...