6/16/2013 9:53:49 AM
Identifying chewing insects that attach vegetables
6/10/2013 8:36:32 PM
The latest improvement to my garden makes it more attractive but more important are the many benefits it will provide.
6/3/2013 11:51:13 AM
Now that the weather has warmed up, green-thumbed gardeners are ready to get a-growin'. But in order to grow grass or garden plants, one has to begin with fertile soil. Soil is the bedrock for the success of any plant growth. We've assembled the need-to-know tips on soil preparation so you can start the season off right.
6/1/2013 5:34:32 PM
The next time you wonder about spraying the dandelions in the yard, you might remember that bees are using that flower as their first spring forage. The bee you save IS your own. It is pollinating the food you eat.
6/1/2013 5:12:29 PM
The first big push of the year. Planting Season.
5/28/2013 8:33:10 AM
A recent report by the Dept of Ag and Environment gives hope to the beekeepers in Kansas. Turns out local really is better, but local beekeepers are not without their problems.
5/26/2013 3:32:59 PM
Grow a colorful salad Kitchen Garden.
5/24/2013 7:03:32 PM
Starting over can be fun, but hard, at the same time. First stop.....gardens.
5/24/2013 9:37:50 AM
A highlight of the planting season for us is the forming, preparing, and planting a sweet potato row. The obvious reason being we loved to eat them any way Mom prepared them. Candied or with lots of butter, it didn't matter.
5/20/2013 10:27:40 AM
Try this Strawberry Tartlets Recipe for the perfect summer treat.
5/20/2013 9:46:41 AM
Add some zest to your salad and try this Caesar Salad Recipe with Lemon-Grilled Chicken.
5/19/2013 9:48:55 AM
Understanding seed germination and fruit set.
5/15/2013 7:53:06 AM
The incredible, edible, low-maintenance, deer and rabbit resistant perennial herb.
5/8/2013 11:52:51 AM
Spring marks the beginning of foraging season, and opens up the option of wild foods.
5/7/2013 11:16:03 AM
30 gardening tips for soil and composting
4/30/2013 12:24:20 PM
On the notion of vacations, work, and why we do what we do.
4/30/2013 10:44:59 AM
Grow a birdhouse in your garden! Plant easy to grow birdhouse gourds this year so you too can have these natural, pottery-like houses for the birds.
4/29/2013 9:31:14 PM
Coming into contact with poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac can cause serious problems.The first step to avoid coming into contact with these poisonous plants is being able to identify these plants.I have some photos to help you identify them.
4/29/2013 3:54:16 PM
Get a jump start on when to plant.
4/28/2013 11:26:44 AM
Nutrition is as important to plants as it is to people.
4/24/2013 12:49:39 PM
How to determine your soil type.
4/18/2013 2:57:37 PM
Short on space start seeds? Need more plants than what you can fit? Try cloning in an aquarium!
4/18/2013 1:06:28 PM
Try planting a themed kitchen garden. The French Kitchen Garden.
4/17/2013 8:33:00 AM
Methods to deer-proofing your garden, flower beds and landscapes.
4/15/2013 9:37:45 PM
Yesterday I was walking to the greenhouse when my feet went 'squishhhh' in the mud... I loved it, especially wearing flip-flops. Yes, I know it was cold, but it was almost 85 degrees in the greenhouse when the sun was shining! Neil was helping me and his feelings were a tad bit different... more of exasperation from the heat- he likes the cold. I'll take the heat and a sweaty brow any day of the week over bundling up to keep warm.
4/15/2013 9:36:08 AM
Ever wonder why Grandma's plants thrived? She may have had a few tricks up her sleeve. Old wives' tales backed by research, these really work to help boost your house plants and garden!
4/6/2013 8:16:55 PM
A gardener discovers a new favorite crop to grow!
4/6/2013 6:32:46 AM
Transplanting trees is a great way to save money in your garden and landscaping. At times trees have a tendency to grow in an unwanted area and transplanting them allows them to be in an area where they can truly be appreciated.
4/5/2013 10:47:19 AM
Short on garden space, plant in containers.
4/3/2013 11:04:06 AM
An important step that is often skipped when taking care of your home and garden is reading the label on household chemicals. Read the label on pesticides, herbicides and more for a safe home.
4/1/2013 3:39:35 PM
The strange weather has kept me out of the garden long enough - time to set out some seed-spuds and get my summer garden going.
4/1/2013 9:26:37 AM
My self-reliant plans are being put into action at Modern Roots Homestead. Things are growing and we are busy building our coop, shed, raised beds & pasture!
3/28/2013 12:55:54 PM
Grow a ton of vegetables in a small space.
3/27/2013 3:08:52 PM
Spring fever also brings garden fever. Our mailbox has been overrun with seed catalogs. Here are some hints and suggestions for garden planning.
3/27/2013 12:16:19 PM
When planting or transplanting, make sure seeds or seedlings maintain proper soil contact so that they receive the proper amount of warmth and moisture.
3/25/2013 10:27:55 PM
"All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar." ~Helen Hayes If ever a quote expressed my hearts deepest yearning, this would be as close to perfect as I can imagine. The days are promising to grow warmer, so my heart languishes and pines more earnestly for them... Yes, all to soon.... all too soon there will be that earthy smell I love... the trees will begin to bud and then finally burst forth into heavenly blooms and wispy leaves. Spring... come and fill this dead winter world with awe and inspire me.
3/25/2013 2:46:21 PM
Attract honeybees into your yard by planting a bee friendly garden. Your vegetables will thank you!
3/21/2013 1:26:10 PM
Spring has sprung (or has it?) and it's time to get to work preparing for the summer garden.
3/20/2013 10:42:14 AM
There is something evocative about walking through a rose covered arbor or dreamily strolling through the length of a blossom covered pergola... the air fresh with the scents of sweet mingling with musk... the gentle chirps of tiny birds safely nestled within the confines of the leaf covered shelter. My arbors and pergola are grand statements, and when friends and strangers alike come into my yard, they are what say, "Welcome to my garden's, won't you stay an visit awhile..."
3/18/2013 9:07:18 AM
Southern Maryland is wrapped in a blanket of snow just days before the first day of spring.
3/17/2013 12:28:35 AM
As you drive into my lane my garden's begin to envelope you .... although it wasn't so when we moved here. As I've mentioned in previous posts, there weren't any gardens when we purchased our old farmhouse. We gardeners often have lofty aspirations... dreamily perusing our favorite gardening magazines and making notes on things we want to incorporate. Longingly waiting until we can create a new bed, stumbling upon a new rose bush and making the season's first bouquet of sweetly scented jonquils. Spring is only a few days away and although there is snow covering the ground on our farm, I know my tulips and daffodils will soon be peaking up and sending me warm greetings of love....
3/12/2013 8:41:27 PM
The scent can only be described as Heavenly... as you pass by when it's in full bloom the scene is simply breath taking. A gentle breeze carries it's perfume wafting pass your face, you close your eyes... your olfactory senses take over...such a pleasant and peaceful experience. Her name is Sweet Autumn Clematis and she is one of my favorite vines.
3/12/2013 8:56:41 AM
My plans for self reliance have begun as I unlock the genetic code of my dormant seeds with water and enjoy my seedlings new growth.
3/3/2013 9:11:34 AM
Learn how to save money in your landscaping by propogating evergreen foundation plants by stem cuttings.
2/28/2013 10:17:52 AM
Learn how to grow French beans — plus climbing runner beans — to create a productive vegetable addition to your garden.
2/28/2013 9:53:54 AM
Improve soil quality in your garden by applying these composting basics, and learn how to make a compost bin with materials from around the house.
2/28/2013 6:35:05 AM
As you stroll through my garden's you'll notice many unusual things sprinkled here and there... peaking out of a cluster of tulips or bowing over a rash planting of zinnias... Friends say that I have a flair for mixing my passion for plants and garden junque, marrying them together into welcoming and intriguing garden rooms. As I place these abandoned and unappreciated objects throughout my gardens it allows me to express my passions using my innate creativity.
2/27/2013 7:38:09 AM
Seedlings do best with extra light or being placed outside.These little guys are on their first day outside without protection
2/25/2013 3:02:44 PM
The Lorax movie speaks the message of my homesteading heart.
2/22/2013 9:27:04 PM
Don't do a Lizzie Borden on your crepe myrtles. They and you will be much happier with the results.
2/19/2013 7:26:56 PM
I had a vision when we moved to this abandoned old farmhouse. I dreamed of flower beds abounding, greeting my family and friends as they drove up our lane. I imagined a cozy front porch surrounded by lush colors overflowing like wide open arms ready to whisk you into their beauty... I wanted a place where peace was felt in simple things that was a reflection of me.
2/17/2013 7:54:03 PM
Over the next several weeks I will share a short series on weather and climate specifically related to the backyard farm. This is part 1: and introduction to weather and climate for the backyard farmer
2/17/2013 3:57:28 PM
"If ever I loved thee, my garden 'tis now..." Yes, I am longing for the beauty and relaxation of my gardens in these cold Michigan winter months. The garden is my place of rest... it's where I go when I feel weary, when I need to wind down, when I long to escape the stresses of life... It is my Eden here on earth. Many people have strolled through my gardens in awe wondering when and how I manage to care for them all with my busy farm and market life. I always say, "This is not work! This is where I come to get away from the work!" But alas, that is not true for all.
2/10/2013 8:11:05 PM
Winter sowing and using mini hoop tunnels can help extend the garden season in cold climates.
2/8/2013 9:56:59 PM
Demonstration on how to build an indoor seed starter plant stand. Cost effective approach to starting seeds which can be re-used year after year for under $150.
2/7/2013 9:26:41 PM
For me and I believe many others, Spring holds a promise for newness of life! It's when I look out and dream of new flower beds, anticipate the coming springs first crops of asparagus and rhubarb...savoring the memory of their here today, gone tomorrow presence. I scan the yard and think of all the jobs that I will have to get done as soon as nicer weather affords me time in my personal Eden.
2/6/2013 2:40:47 PM
Double-digging is one way to create good soil
structure for healthy plant growth.
2/4/2013 11:12:15 AM
What is a 'real' farmer - maybe it depends on who you ask
2/4/2013 9:26:05 AM
Encouraging the next generation to take part in the work of your backyard farm is beneficial for everyone. This article outlines some ideas for getting starting creating a children's garden.
2/2/2013 3:40:04 PM
Sprouting seeds can be very rewarding - and the results are delicious! Try easy-to-sprout fenugreek to spice up your cooking!
1/28/2013 11:44:54 AM
Letters to the editor written by GRIT readers include modern homesteaders, Christmas tree recycling ideas, nut cracking tips, keeping chickens, an update from our friends in Chicago, and more.
1/26/2013 4:59:37 PM
I describe how I recently transplanted some fruit and pecan trees on my farm.
1/21/2013 7:04:11 AM
1/15/2013 7:35:02 PM
Now is the time to start planning for your summer garden. If you haven't purchase seeds for this year, here are a few tips to help you get started.
1/15/2013 11:34:24 AM
Shannon gets a greenhouse for Christmas and tries to start growing something in it.
1/13/2013 6:28:02 PM
Is January too early to work in the garden? No, if you're a dreamer.
1/2/2013 8:48:32 PM
If you plan to plant more pollinator-friendly plants in your garden in 2013, consider adding beautiful and aromatic bee balm to the list.
1/1/2013 7:57:40 AM
Are you itchy get to your hands in the dirt? Are you a die hard barbequer despite the weather? Well, this is the post for you. Check out the hows to on making your own Green Barbeque and Vermicomposting! Enjoy Friends!
12/30/2012 7:52:03 PM
The author tells about the garden that almost wasn't when the seeds companies ran out of seed! (And what to do to keep the same thing from happening to you!)
12/25/2012 8:13:55 AM
Plan your vegetable garden now.
12/24/2012 8:42:33 AM
Winter is the perfect time for theoretical farmers to join the rest of the world in contemplation and year-end reflection
12/18/2012 3:37:51 PM
The warm weather is keeping the winter garden alive and green. Those wanting a white Christmas though are probably not going to have one this year.
12/6/2012 6:49:14 PM
Blueberries are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Learn more about the growing requirements of blueberries and how to plant them.
11/28/2012 12:50:40 PM
Gardening organically requires long term fertilization and good soil conditioning. Learn the best way to prepare your gardens now for Spring planting.
11/26/2012 4:53:27 PM
Letters to the editor written by GRIT readers include a Michigan resident who wins a chicken coop from GRIT Magazine and GreenChickenCoop.com, master gardening ideas, how to raise chicks, the perfect pie crust from lard and more.
11/20/2012 3:30:59 PM
Because it’s the thought that counts, omni-channel workwear retailer Duluth Trading Company has put a lot of thinking into gifts that’ll be a hit with women this holiday season.
11/19/2012 3:13:50 PM
The first major frost finally killed all the remaiming annuals.
11/18/2012 1:52:54 PM
Spending time in the winter garden sounds much more appealing than fighting the crowds at the mall on Black Friday.
11/16/2012 10:19:17 AM
By looking at native vegetation we can sometimes identify what the possibilities are for our lawn or garden and how much modifying of the soil or watering may be required to achieve our goals.
11/9/2012 9:06:44 AM
Nab and cook batches of garden snails with this practical guide on how to make escargot, and make your garden pests taste like the French gourmet item served in overpriced restaurants.
11/6/2012 2:42:49 PM
Shannon assesses the affect of Southern Maryland's first frost on her garden.
11/5/2012 7:02:37 AM
The last rose of summer has fallen from the vine and the Shenandoah Valley is settling down for a winter siesta.
11/4/2012 7:31:02 PM
Colleen faces reality and ditches her desire to garden. Or does she?
11/1/2012 11:01:49 AM
Dirt or soil is at once simple and complex. To maximize what you have, add organic material as compost or plow under materials for quick decomposition.
10/31/2012 4:22:44 PM
Growing Gardens, in Portland, OR, provides low-income families and schools with the material and educational resources needed to grow their own food.
10/22/2012 2:21:54 PM
A recent work related trip to NC proved to be inspiring on a persoanl level.
10/22/2012 9:47:20 AM
A few cold nights killed the tomatoes but after clearing them out there were still some calendulas and cool weather vegetables in the beds.
10/19/2012 1:02:31 PM
Shannon discovers that her mystery cabbage from this past spring is indeed what it was supposed to be, a napa-style, closed head Chinese cabbage.
10/19/2012 9:50:31 AM
Lettuce growing well in fall temperatures.
10/18/2012 9:34:23 PM
Corn has been combined, now it's cotton picking time and soybean harvesting. The cooler temperatures are bringing out a re-bloom of my daylilies and iris. Are we seeing signs of a harsh winter this year?
10/9/2012 6:02:46 PM
Aspens are a beautiful and well-loved tree. As many homeowners can attest, they readily spread by roots. While it is tempting to keep all of the lovely sprouts, many must be cut as they do not transplant well and they may grow in inconvenient places.
10/6/2012 8:42:42 PM
Now is a good time to plant Louisiana iris. If you have a wet spot, this one is for you.
10/3/2012 8:40:24 PM
As the temperatures drop, we need to do those essential chores to be ready for winter temperatures. Along with the essential chores there are many chores that we can do as time permits to help things go better next spring.
10/3/2012 7:37:54 AM
Add leaf mulch to your garden to improve the soil and support wildlife.
10/1/2012 3:13:57 PM
Becky tells of her family's work to procure food for the winter months, beginning with their gardens.
9/30/2012 7:32:00 PM
Garden tips for October. Gardening tasks that you can do now that the growing season has slowed down.
9/30/2012 10:26:38 AM
This post is about the acquisition of bridge supports for a pond deck, finding and hauling garden mulch, starting a pond, and a zoo visit.
9/25/2012 8:33:54 AM
Get your lawn and garden priorities in order this fall.
9/19/2012 2:55:21 PM
An oversupply of pumpkins doesn't need to mean waste. Before Halloween, they are easier to give away. People without gardens are often glad to get free ones. If they won't all keep through the winter, use them for cattle feed!
9/13/2012 12:29:40 PM
Sometimes we find things in the garden that are not what we expected. Be sure to carefully identify any thing unusual before eating. It may be a tasty variation or something poison.