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2 Homemade Recipes For Garden Pests – Organic Insecticide

2 Homemade Recipes For Garden Pests – Organic Insecticide

  How To Make Your Own Insecticide For The Garden When garden pests are eating your plants, instead of reaching for chemical insecticides you might consider making your own organic insecticide spray - which may be just as effective... Here are a few...

POLL: How Big Is Your Garden?

POLL: How Big Is Your Garden?

Participate in our anonymous poll and let us know how big your garden is... Most all preparedness-minded folks have some sort of a garden or various patches of dirt for growing summer vegetables. Growing one's own food not only results in great tasting fresh homegrown...

Which Garden Vegetables Are You Planting This Year (2016)?

Which Garden Vegetables Are You Planting This Year (2016)?

The list of most popular garden vegetables of 2016 is final! After having polled 180 home gardeners, the list is in... Top 10 Garden Vegetables 1. The Tomato! 2. Bell Peppers 3. Cucumber 4. Onions 5. Carrots 6. Lettuce 7. Bush Beans 8. Zucchini Squash 9. Hot Peppers...

Tips For Growing Tomatoes

Tips For Growing Tomatoes

The fresh home-grown tomato. A succulent tasty summer delight! It is THE most common vegetable grown in backyard gardens, and that means that most all of you have some experience with growing tomatoes yourselves... Recently one of our articles developed a tangential...

Where Are You Buying Your Vegetable Garden Seeds?

Where Are You Buying Your Vegetable Garden Seeds?

You might ask (or be wondering), "Where is the best place to buy seeds for the garden?" Maybe it doesn't matter much, but then again maybe it does. Do you care to share your preferred supplier or retailer where you buy your seeds? Spring is coming and hopefully you're...

Bake Soil to Pasteurize Before Germinating Seeds

Bake Soil to Pasteurize Before Germinating Seeds

Make (Prepare) Your Own Soil To Germinate Seeds A 'do it yourself' soil treatment for germinating seeds. If you buy 'special' soil at the store for germinating seeds, it has most likely been through a pasteurizing process (not to be confused with sterilized). You...

What Some Vegetables Can Contribute To The Year’s Food Supply

What Some Vegetables Can Contribute To The Year’s Food Supply

I derived the following information from a mid-1940's 'Victory Garden' handbook, many of which were published during the time period of WWII by the United States Department of Agriculture for the benefit of Americans, most of whom were short on food and supplies...

What Garden Vegetables Are You Planting This Year?

What Garden Vegetables Are You Planting This Year?

Participate in our poll which asks "What garden vegetables are you planting this year?" Then come back and visit to see the list of which vegetables are the most common or popular in the garden after more people have participated in the poll... If your vegetable isn't...

Fence Ideas For A Vegetable Garden

Fence Ideas For A Vegetable Garden

A potential and probable problem for nearly any vegetable garden is that of keeping animals out. After all the hard work, labor, and TLC that goes into one's vegetable garden, all it takes is for one or two hungry rabbits or deer to 'clean you out'. With all the...

Survival Garden Food

Survival Garden Food

  Grow Your Own Food To Rely Less On 'The System' Growing your own food is one of the best ways to begin to liberate yourself from the system - to help you become better prepared to survive hard times - to be more self sufficient - and to add high quality...

Vegetable Picking Tips

Vegetable Picking Tips

After having successfully grown your vegetable garden to the point of producing a harvest, how do you know when is the best time to pick your vegetables? Here are picking tips for many common vegetables:   BEANS (SNAP) Snap beans are best when the pods are firm...

Test Your Green Thumb With A Container Garden On Your Porch

Test Your Green Thumb With A Container Garden On Your Porch

Container garden! Just because you may live in an apartment or live in a home with little or no garden availability (or permission to dig up part of the yard), don't let that stop you from testing your green thumb and trying your hand at growing some vegetables this...

The Best Soil For A Home Garden

The Best Soil For A Home Garden

image credit: Mel Bartholomew The most important thing for a successful home garden is it's soil. You need the best soil possible. If you are working on garden beds, container gardens, or other small efficient home garden spaces where a very large quantity of soil may...

Short List Of Fast Growing Vegetables

Short List Of Fast Growing Vegetables

Fast vegetable crops are good to grow because they provide some food on the table in the shortest period of time. They are a good jump-start to the growing season after a winter of grocery store produce. If you have a limited season (colder climate zones), then you...

Raised Garden Beds – Tutorial

Raised Garden Beds – Tutorial

The advantages of a raised garden bed include the ability to plant in any location or areas of your yard that were not possible before - they're a great way to plant when you don't have the proper soil (just mix your own soil & compost) - they are easier for weed...

Heirloom Seed Over Hybrid Seeds

Heirloom Seed Over Hybrid Seeds

There are basically two types of seed: -open-pollinated (pollinated naturally in the wild) -hybrid When you plant open-pollinated seeds and save the seeds from that crop, the next generation is going to be like the one before. When a seed regenerates over and over for...

Start Planning Your Garden

Start Planning Your Garden

With the new year upon us, it's time to start planning your garden. For some, your planning (and seedlings) are already under way. For others (further north?) you may not have thought much about it yet with the cold and snow. The thing is, planting time will be here...

The Potato Is A SHTF Survival Food

The Potato Is A SHTF Survival Food

There are about 100 calories in one potato. They are fairly easy to grow and you can pack more potato calories per acre than so many other foods. If the SHTF, and you're supplementing your food storage with whatever you can grow yourself, you might seriously consider...

The Varieties Of The French Marigold

The Varieties Of The French Marigold

  French Marigold flowers are a popular and beneficial garden companion that will help your garden plants thrive because of their potent pesticide-producing root system, and strong aroma to ward off pests. Have you ever wondered which varieties of the Marigold...

Compost

Compost

Building a compost pile is an easy gardening project. Compost provides nutrition for plants, it builds the soil, and feeds beneficial microbes. Here are a few ideas how to get started with your own compost pile...   First, choose the best location for your...

How To Rid Rabbits From Your Garden

How To Rid Rabbits From Your Garden

Don't let their cute faces fool you; rabbits can do a lot of damage to your garden when your back is turned. Here are a few ideas how to stop rabbits from getting to your garden...   Rabbits leave clean–cut damage. If you walk out into your garden one morning and...

Survival Garden Seed Germination

Survival Garden Seed Germination

Growing your own Survival Garden, similar to the World War II era 'Victory Garden', is not only a rewarding experience that builds a key survival skill, but it enables you to be less dependent upon today's modern food systems, is healthier, and will save you money....

Heirloom Seeds

Heirloom Seeds

Heirloom Seeds versus Hybrid Seeds Heirloom seeds will produce plants that are the same, year after year. They have the same genetic make up as the parent plant they came from. All generations will produce the same fruit or vegetable and have the same taste that you...

Farmers To Pay Insurance For Monsanto GE Contamination

Farmers To Pay Insurance For Monsanto GE Contamination

Monsanto Company is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri. It is a leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed and of the herbicide glyphosate, which it markets under the Roundup brand. The Monsanto...

Get Back To Your Roots…Literally

Get Back To Your Roots…Literally

Years ago, our ancestors knew farming was a viable career path. Today, that may well be coming around again. Ken and I are frequently running into people that are very concerned about food for their families, how they can save money and how they can protect...

3 Herbs To Try in Your Survival Garden

3 Herbs To Try in Your Survival Garden

As spring approaches, time draws closer to gardening. This year, take the big step and grow some herbs. Listed below is a random list of just a few that are easy for beginners and great for your culinary dishes. Not only are they  delicious in your culinary...

It’s Almost Garden Time Again

It’s Almost Garden Time Again

It's mid-February, and many of us are thinking about or are already doing something about this years spring garden. Now is a good time to begin gathering the supplies that you will need to get started indoors. Why not challenge yourself this year and germinate your...

‘How-To’ Canning Guides for Garden Harvest

‘How-To’ Canning Guides for Garden Harvest

It's garden harvest season, and what to do with all of that bounty? You can only eat so much of it while it's still fresh, you may give some of it away, but don't forget about the best of all - preserve it for later! I came across some resources from the University of...

Birds, Please Stop Eating My Strawberries!

Birds, Please Stop Eating My Strawberries!

Many birds will eat strawberries, including the Common Crow, Gray Catbird, sparrows, Cedar Waxwing, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, American Robin, an the Northern Cardinal. Last year I battled with the birds over my two...

Heirloom Tomato Seeds, Preserved

Heirloom Tomato Seeds, Preserved

Tomatoes are extremely popular in backyard gardens, but unfortunately they are dominated by commercial F1 Hybrids which are bred for industry and economy - high density, thick skinned for mechanical harvesting, to name a few. Heirloom tomatoes can be bred true from...

Jiffy Seedling Greenhouse

Jiffy Seedling Greenhouse

An excellent solution for germinating seeds and growing the seedlings during their initial phase is to use a Jiffy Seedling Greenhouse, or anything similar.   Benefits of using a Jiffy Seed Starter Greenhouse Water wicks up from the bottom tray which promotes...

Raised Garden Bed, building materials

Raised Garden Bed, building materials

First, remind me again why I should consider a garden? To save hundreds of dollars on groceries. To eat substantially healthier and tastier foods than mass produced - genetically modified - prematurely harvested - irradiated foods. To learn a self reliant skill. Peace...

Grocery Food Supply Chain, Risks and Survival

Grocery Food Supply Chain, Risks and Survival

Permalink I read a very good article today touching on the food supply chain and its fragility due to over-active efficiencies, much of which rings true with me. Among other things, the article promotes the idea of growing ones own survival garden to augment ones own...