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Raised Bed Gardening, part 2

April 2, 2012


raised bed gardening

Probably the best known system of raised bed gardening is Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening method.  About 30 years ago, he began to question why “traditional” gardening is done in particular ways, especially ones that he felt were unnecessarily time, space, or labor intensive.  He met with a fair amount of resistance when he would ask “Why do […]

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Raised Bed Gardening, part 1

March 26, 2012


raising your own food for self sufficiency

Every year since we’ve owned our farm, we’ve delightedly tilled up the soil and lovingly poked seeds into the ground, envisioning the beautiful garden to come.  We’ve put up fencing and marked the rows.  We’ve cultivated the aisles.  We’ve hoed and hoed and hoed between the seedlings.  We’ve fertilized and picked off bugs and trellised […]

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Top 5 Tips To Gardening With Wildlife

March 16, 2012

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helpful wildlife in the garden

The following article has been contributed by Kelly, a gardener and blogger. It has been published with permission of the author. It does not necessarily represent the views of Anyone can be a wildlife gardener whether he/she is an experienced gardener or just love to grow some plants in a few tubs in the […]

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Order Seeds Now

January 3, 2012


Order your seeds today

As the long cold days of winter set in, if you are like me, you are perusing seed catalogs and looking longingly at the beautiful fruits and vegetables contained within the pages.  Grocery store tomatoes are hard, mealy, tasteless things and the fruits have been imported from somewhere south of the border if not from […]

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Why Turkeys are Probably Not the Way to Go

November 1, 2011


turkeys in your prepping

As I mentioned in some previous pieces, we have raised turkeys for about 5 years.  We’ve enjoyed them to some extent, but we have decided they are not a species we would recommend for preparedness. A Little History Turkeys are considered to be indigenous to North America.  They were found in wild flocks by explorers  hundreds […]

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Product Review: Tattler Canning Lids

October 12, 2011


tattler reusable canning lids

I have been canning for a number of years now.  I enjoy doing it and it does my heart good to see wholesome homemade food lining our cupboards.  I’ve tried to pick up more cases of canning jars every year hoping to fill every one with healthful produce from our garden.  From a preparedness standpoint, […]

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Useful Things to Do with Eggshells

October 3, 2011


How to use eggshells

Hopefully, your backyard flock of poultry is paying dividends now with daily gifts of healthy protein.  If you are fortunate, you are now spoiled by the delicious difference between anemic store-bought battery hen eggs and golden-yolked, nutrient-dense free range chicken eggs. But what to do with all those eggshells? One of the things that preparedness […]

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The Fall Garden

August 29, 2011


As the summer heat hits its zenith and your tomatoes and cucumbers are staggering to the finish line, you are probably thinking that gardening season is about over.  You’ll hope to get another picking of beans and some pumpkins yet, but they will be the last hurrah, right? Not so fast. Fall is a great […]

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