Do It Yourself
5/23/2013 7:39:58 PM
I urge you to start taking action today to prepare for the possibility of an upcoming drought. Remember there are many possible ways to prepare.
5/15/2013 11:44:57 AM
The history of Victory Gardening, and why it’s important to grow your own food in modern times.
5/12/2013 1:31:53 PM
This post is about a yearly men's camp out, building a garden fence from pallets, keeping turkeys from scratching seeds out of the ground, Rugosa Rose bushes, and Bear Creek Festival.
5/8/2013 12:36:05 PM
Don’t throw away those lawn clippings! Learn how your grass clippings can transform into fertilizer, chicken feed or compost.
3/29/2013 10:54:31 AM
Using a variety of techniques, including a good garden plan, mulch, landscape fabric, hoeing and more, natural weed control is possible.
3/28/2013 2:33:19 PM
Homesteading and growing vegetables took determination to cultivate and protect; prickly pear sauce used to fight scurvy.
3/27/2013 3:59:57 PM
Organic farming is possible even with a small piece of land.
3/21/2013 5:04:03 PM
Make your own bio-degradable planter pots out of newpapers.
3/15/2013 11:14:55 PM
This post is about how a artisticly challenged gardener paints graffiti on fence panels and almost kills cabbage and broccoli seedlings.
3/10/2013 9:27:43 AM
This post is about working on garden fence panels made from pallets; the first outing for the seedlings destined for planting in the garden; and the typical March Nebraska weather.
3/1/2013 3:48:05 PM
Making homemade butter and keeping bully hens away.
2/27/2013 11:03:07 AM
Learn how to plant a tree and add its benefits to your garden with a simple, step-by-step planting guide.
2/27/2013 8:53:48 AM
A verdant lawn adds something special to your garden. Learn top lawn care tips, including how to manage it through the autumn.
2/25/2013 8:17:36 AM
Needing a place to house my little chicks while they get big enough for the outdoors, I turned to a free option- building it myself out of free pallets! Check out modernroots.org for more homestead projects!
2/22/2013 4:02:20 PM
Learn how we shape and replace the wooden handle on an antique hatchet.
2/7/2013 9:35:36 AM
Plans for self-food reliance include animals and gardens. There will be a lot to accomplish this spring including pig fencing, building a chicken coop, purchasing the animals, developing new gardens, and building a bee colony. This will be hard work but the future payoff will be exciting and healthy for me and my family.
1/29/2013 11:05:19 AM
On small farms, draft animals and farming with oxen might be practical and satisfying alternatives to the conventional tractor.
1/11/2013 1:31:02 PM
Biggers' Farm makes the vast majority of the beer consumed on the farm. Matt and Samantha have been making beer together for 8 years.
12/20/2012 12:03:17 PM
The author describes their method of melting and purifying snow for their personal use.
12/18/2012 9:41:15 AM
Drying squash can be rewarding. Learn how to do it using the sun or a dehydrator and incorporate it into soups, stews and more.
12/14/2012 10:38:17 AM
A ventilation box on the beehive helps keep moisture & condensation out of the hive.
12/12/2012 12:38:16 PM
Do you enjoy giving gifts? Do you love the garden? Do you have a special friend you want to do something special for? Do you love to cook? Well here are some wonderful ideas... so read on friends!
12/7/2012 9:37:17 PM
This post shows the Charlie Brown Christmas tree and brings out the excitement of building garden fences with free wood pallets.
12/4/2012 2:22:14 PM
Getting started in raised bed gardening is easy and offers a great many benefits to the gardener.
12/4/2012 11:25:24 AM
Crop rotation, or the practice of moving plant families around in your vegetable garden, can help you control harmful microorganisms and boost your yields.
11/30/2012 12:56:17 PM
Hank reports on Anthony Boutard's new book, Beautiful Corn
11/29/2012 2:07:40 PM
Man takes organic fertilizer, better known as cow manure, from feedlot and adds it to grass seed for his new lawn.
11/29/2012 12:27:42 PM
The best fertilizer comes from a combination of organic material, including livestock manure.
11/26/2012 11:51:32 AM
As the days get chillier, you can still plan for your next year’s production by building new raised beds.
11/13/2012 11:05:12 AM
Get prepared for snow with seasonal gardening tips for your garden equipment and lawn.
11/7/2012 10:52:45 AM
In this post, I detail the different and varied composting efforts on our homestead.
10/22/2012 1:32:34 PM
Expand your backyard growing space by trying vertical gardening this season.
9/27/2012 1:09:14 PM
Save money and make your own vermicompost.
9/26/2012 1:48:17 PM
Hank tells how to get a lawn started from seed.
9/24/2012 8:05:56 AM
Did you know that you can make your own apple cider vinegar with just some apple peels and cores, sugar, water...and a bit of patience? I didn't know either until I started doing a bit of research.
9/18/2012 11:40:52 AM
Gardening education--planning and building a garden, planting, fertilizing, caring for plants, coping with plant diseases, harvesting.
9/4/2012 6:19:27 AM
Root Simple shares an excerpt from Carl Jung's autobiography.
6/21/2012 10:31:20 AM
Is There a move toward Organic Hydroponics? Have you noticed that more and more technology is being created for organic hydroponics? We are going to share the why and the how with a hint of the what is coming in this field.
5/16/2012 8:07:46 PM
In this second part of my discussion on garden fence boxes, we’ll look at how I built the boxes for my garden.
4/26/2012 4:15:52 PM
A major expansion of my garden has caused me to re-think my fencing solution. Come along as I explore the options and design a solution.
4/16/2012 1:27:47 PM
The last of the kitchen remodel.
4/5/2012 11:25:59 AM
In this installment I’m going to share with you the technique I’ve been perfecting for leveling garden boxes on a sloping plot.
4/4/2012 5:58:03 PM
Mrs. D really uses up her grapefruit by making a natural cleaner out of the peels, then composting them.
2/20/2012 12:01:51 PM
A peak at our newly constructed hoop greenhouse.
2/9/2012 3:36:19 PM
Sugar beets are, and have been, an important cash crop on the family farm for decades. A Michigan woman talks about the process of cultivating sugar beets.
2/9/2012 3:01:31 PM
Iowa woman talks about her role in producing home grown meat and vegetables for her family farm
2/9/2012 2:55:13 PM
Kansas woman recalls how a big garden provided food, fun, and fodder on her family farm
2/9/2012 11:39:12 AM
Iowa woman remembers how learning to plant more than they needed led to a bumper crop, and the solution to money problems on their family farm
2/3/2012 11:58:55 AM
Ready in no time at all, you can make your own canning jar oil lamp...and I'm guessing you already have almost everything you'll need!
1/4/2012 10:47:37 AM
A tongue-in-cheek look at farm life from the armchair of a theoretical farmer.
12/21/2011 8:26:27 PM
Marie asked me to write up a short post to describe her pleasure as being able to enjoy garden fresh vegetables – in December!
12/18/2011 9:02:42 AM
This is another post about the Terra Nova Gardens property that is now mine. This post will explain the plans for next year and two more years.
11/29/2011 12:00:29 PM
New old-style walk-behind seeders will save on labor and seed.
11/28/2011 11:01:24 PM
This post tells about the progress for purchasing and the discoveries on the new property (Terra Nova Gardens). Comments from the grandson are humorously truthful.
11/23/2011 5:09:36 PM
Building mini-greenhouses to go over raised be garden boxes is a simple, cost effective way of keeping your garden going through the winter.
11/7/2011 9:07:39 PM
My dad's final days, fishing with Bradley, garden activity, my daughter's car accident, Terra Nova Garden plans, and rain water collection expansions.
10/6/2011 10:45:59 AM
We make some Apple Cider Apple Butter, spice and sugar free Apple Sauce, Fruity Chicken Salad, and Baked Beans with apples! Then we finish it all up by making a delicious Apple Stack Cake.
10/1/2011 2:20:24 PM
I won't let the fear of not being great steal the joy of the creative process, the growth that comes from learning and the contentment that comes from being proficient.
9/7/2011 7:27:33 PM
This post is all about the battle with old plumbing and the passion for gardening.
8/22/2011 11:23:26 AM
In this informative tutorial, Becky teaches how to lacto-ferment salsa and make whey and sour cream.
8/10/2011 3:17:22 PM
Ten soil indicators that could signal that your plants are in trouble.
8/10/2011 3:00:37 PM
Using newspaper as mulch for the vegetable garden is a much cheaper version of buying wood chips or hay from a big-box store.
8/10/2011 2:35:29 PM
Urban farms in Maine are growing big crops.
8/10/2011 12:04:17 PM
With some little-known facts about earthworms, gain a greater understanding of one of the unsung heroes of the vegetable garden.
8/9/2011 4:47:38 PM
Here are some useful tips to use when testing garden soil in order to gauge your growing medium and make adjustments accordingly.
8/9/2011 10:06:43 AM
Hank likes to enlist his heritage pigs to help with tilling a garden.
8/4/2011 12:02:12 AM
I accidentally ran into one of GRIT magazine's advertisers who manufactured a shovel digging aid. During my week off, it got heavy use in the garden. I also got to enjoy a lot of music at the W.C. Handy Festival.
6/3/2011 3:25:05 PM
Take a look at our guide to canning food, and preserve your summer bounty to enjoy in the months to come.
5/15/2011 10:19:53 PM
This post describes the disappointment of not going to Alabama, the progress of the experimental lawn method, the repair of the rain barrel, and the progress on planting the raised garden beds.
5/2/2011 3:46:52 PM
In this Square Foot Gardening episode, I take a look at creating the grid and deciding what to plant and in what quantity.
4/23/2011 11:20:12 PM
The continuing saga of the gravity-feed automatic watering system with one integrated rain barrel for raised bed gardening. Plus the drip-irrigated, container-covered front patio trellis I'm working on.
4/19/2011 11:20:15 AM
Edible wild fruits offer an unexpected bounty.
4/18/2011 2:12:58 PM
Our list of worst invasive plants and garden weeds will have you covered for the summer gardening season.
4/18/2011 12:49:18 PM
Alison and Alan have finished farm school, moved home, and started a business.
4/18/2011 11:23:56 AM
By living off the land, one couple's hard work pays off to help make life rewarding.
4/18/2011 9:34:55 AM
Giving trees as gifts is one way to celebrate special occasions, and receive a lifetime of warm feelings.
4/13/2011 9:51:09 AM
Bring on the sweet heat and find the chile pepper that's perfect for you.
4/12/2011 10:23:44 AM
Try this Wild Plum Jam recipe the next time you have breakfast toast.
4/12/2011 10:10:11 AM
Forage for wild fruits to make this delicious and easy Huckleberry and Honey Scones recipe.
4/12/2011 9:16:32 AM
From growing broccoli to developing a business plan, the farm school helped us hatch a plan.
4/11/2011 2:53:06 PM
Tips and tricks to make finding your niche at local farmers' markets easy.
4/11/2011 1:25:09 PM
An Idaho organization, Gardeners for Regional Organic Wellbeing, aims to connect neighborhoods with a community garden.
4/11/2011 12:45:59 PM
You have plenty to consider if you're in the market for a chipper-shredder.
4/10/2011 11:38:17 PM
One of my pet peeves is the improper trimming of crepe myrtles. Judging by what the hooligans have been getting into, it's going to be a long summer.
3/27/2011 10:15:32 PM
Run these summer use water lines and put hydrants where you need them.
3/20/2011 10:57:35 AM
Shannon celebrates the first day of spring with a quick photo tour of the garden-to-be.
3/9/2011 3:55:10 PM
Kriste Misiak won the grand prize of the GRIT-MOTHER EARTH NEWS Ultimate Garden Giveaway. The prize couldn't have went to a more fitting family.
3/2/2011 7:38:54 AM
Shannon discovers an old favorite heirloom tomato in a seed catalog, and thinks back on the last time she grew it.
2/27/2011 11:43:27 PM
How good sanitation and a little prep work can help keep new seedlings free from potential bacteria and disease.
2/10/2011 4:09:48 PM
Hank reflects on his pioneer forefathers and the Coen brothers' True Grit movie.
2/9/2011 4:27:59 PM
Believe it or not, there are some plants that grow in shade quite well.
2/9/2011 3:36:02 PM
Family's experience trying to live as locavores and eat local every meal holds promise for those searching for a locavore's approach to food.
2/8/2011 4:44:23 PM
Learn how to start a vegetable garden from scratch and get your garden growing.
2/8/2011 9:15:21 AM
International organization provides Peace Corps jobs for agriculture volunteers with small-farm experience.
12/14/2010 4:45:33 PM
Cindy makes homemade gifts and decorations with evergreens.
12/6/2010 10:44:35 AM
A few trips into the wilderness will net edible wild plants, great flavors for your family's larder.
12/2/2010 4:07:39 PM
Garden for health by using a productive 30-minute routine to keep you and your vegetable patch fit.
12/2/2010 1:21:43 PM
Laying flock provides magnificent mulch with chicken manure fertilizer for the best garden ever grown by its Georgia Master Gardener owner.
12/1/2010 5:35:43 PM
Anyone can start a compost pile. You can create beautiful, rich soil right in your own backyard with little effort.
10/7/2010 2:28:12 PM
With the arrival of cold weather, it's the perfect time of year to improve your vegetable garden soil.