Category Archives: Gardening

How to Keep the Hot Sun from Harming Your Plants

How to Keep the Hot Sun from Harming Your Plants The first thing that comes to mind is the bolting of those delicious lettuces that grow in the early season. Once the sun of summer starts hitting those delicate lettuces they are either wilted in the heat or they rush to seed. Of course there …

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Build A $300 Underground Greenhouse “Walipini” That Grows Food Year Round

Build A $300 Underground Greenhouse “Walipini” That Grows Food Year Round There is something about a good building project at a low price that gets the blood pumping! These greenhouses are incredible because they work off principals that are unchanging. So much so that greenhouses just like these would have been used in colonial American. …

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Too Much Rain in the Garden – Managing Wet Dirt and Waterlogged Plants

Too Much Rain in the Garden – Managing Wet Dirt and Waterlogged Plants Sometimes spring can do some damage on your garden. Before I moved to raised beds I used to stand at the back door and look outside with a frown as small pools would begin to form. Even with collection of raised beds …

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Starting Seeds or Buying Transplants: Which is Better for Your Garden?

Starting Seeds or Buying Transplants: Which is Better for Your Garden? Are you aware that gardening is exploding in this nation. There are 1/3 of people making $35000 or less who are gardening and eating out of their home gardens. Its not just a trend for those making little money but the idea that 1/3 …

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20+ Impressive DIY Water Feature And Garden Pond Ideas

20+ Impressive DIY Water Feature And Garden Pond Ideas Check out these 20+ Impressive DIY Water Feature And Garden Pond Ideas to make your garden awesome this year 🙂 I already have plans to make 2 of them. I personally am having a really hard time prepping my garden this year and this led me to …

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Watering The Garden – How To Avoid The 3 Most Common Mistakes!

Watering The Garden – How To Avoid The 3 Most Common Mistakes! How long did it take you to realize you didn’t just wake up and water your garden everyday? For me it was just an everyday thing unless it was raining. There was very little thought to the amount of water and what plants …

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This is Why the Community Rules for Preppers

This is Why the Community Rules for Preppers There is only once chance for preppers to reach their full potential. It has nothing to do with a network of spider holes or a deep buried bunker. For preppers to take advantage of what they were truly put on this earth for they must consider the …

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How To Protect Cucumber Plants From Beetles And Powdery Mildew

How To Protect Cucumber Plants From Beetles And Powdery Mildew It should come as no surprise that when we plant food other creatures want to eat that food, too. These could be furry creatures or miniscule ones. Just the other day I spotted a little bunny roaming my garden and my immediate reaction was to …

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The Ultimate Guide to Natural Pest Control in the Garden

The Ultimate Guide to Natural Pest Control in the Garden When you read a title like this sometimes you think you are going to get a concoction to spray on all of your plants and all of your bugs to keep them away. The truth is you should have an understanding of what types of …

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Mid June Garden Planting Guide

Check out this Mid June Garden Planting Guide. It’s mid June and you haven’t planted your garden yet.  It happens to all of us some years.  Or maybe you have had some crop failures, seeds planted weeks ago that never germinated.  The bugs or snails may have eaten a few plants to the ground and …

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How to Save Seeds For Optimal Vitality

How to Save Seeds For Optimal Vitality One of my biggest goals in self reliance is to have a garden in full bloom that was created from the seeds of the previous season. I feel like getting efficient with this process  is such a huge part of finding true food independence. I don’t want to …

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Storing Vegetables: 10 Garden Vegetables That Store Well

Storing Vegetables: 10 Garden Vegetables That Store Well When you think about storing vegetables you may not think about storing them fresh. Are you aware that you can store things like carrots all through the winter in the fresh form? Its a great opportunity. Many people will dice them, boil them and freeze them. This …

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7 Things Rabbits Absolutely Hate (So Put These In Your Garden!)

7 Things Rabbits Absolutely Hate (So Put These In Your Garden!) Survival is all relative. The threats in survival are as well. If you are hurting for food and the only source is the garden, rabbits can be your biggest threat to survival. If you are canning for a long winter, rabbits can be your …

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How To Support Tomato Plants Easily – And Why It’s So Important!

How To Support Tomato Plants Easily – And Why It’s So Important! There is nothing better than tomatoes in the summer. If you want to convince someone of the importance of gardening you need only have them taste a hot July tomato against something that was sitting on the supermarket shelves. The taste and quality …

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Wild Edibles: Queen Anne’s Lace or Wild Carrot

Wild Edibles: Queen Anne’s Lace or Wild Carrot This weeks is a great addition to your inventory of wild edibles. Wild carrot is a great little root that can be found in fields and this article and video offers some great advice on finding it.  When you are learning about wild edibles you have to …

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How Does Your Garden Grow? Sunlight, Water, and Some Technology

How Does Your Garden Grow? Sunlight, Water, and Some Technology At first sight I was a little disturbed by this articles intent. I was thinking about another level of automation in our lives and this time striking at one of the great pillars of our self reliance. Our ability to grow food for ourselves is …

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7 Reasons Why You Should Have a Medicinal Garden

7 Reasons Why You Should Have a Medicinal Garden There are more people growing their own food now than in recent years. This is great news for American health in general. The exposure to fresh vegetables and fruits often creates more desire to eat fresh vegetables and fruits. The natural next step for a gardener and …

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What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Homesteading

What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Homesteading How many people are stuck in a cubicle for 40 hours a week? When I am on the road I look at all the cars and wonder how many people are stuck in a life they hate and wishing they were on about 20 acres off …

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Savings: 5 Ways to Get Fruit Trees For Cheap!

Savings: 5 Ways to Get Fruit Trees For Cheap! Fruit trees are nearly mythical in some settings in America today. To happen across a tree that food grows on in an urban setting is absolutely amazing. We all have those stories of people who had an apple tree in their backyard. Its magic thing to those …

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Wild Edibles Wednesday: Broadleaf Plantain

 Wild Edibles Wednesday: Broadleaf Plantain Peek out your window right now. Look at the grass or undisturbed areas in your yard. You will see the broadleaf plantain. Its everywhere. Don’t confuse this wild edible for the banana looking plantain of South American cookery. This wild edible is actually much more effective a plant. This article …

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Why Your Home Survival Plan Needs A Camouflage Garden

Why Your Home Survival Plan Needs A Camouflage Garden That beautiful raised bed garden that produces tomatoes, peppers and zucchini for you is a great means of growing. In fact, in my experience it is the best method of growing. I find nothing works better than the good old raised bed. Still, your raised bed …

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56 Essential Items for A New Homesteader

56 Essential Items for A New Homesteader Starting a new homestead, especially as someone who has been living in the city the whole life, takes a huge amount of courage. It’s not easy, mentally and physically. But that’s not the only thing you need. Realistically, you’ll also need tools, equipment, and supplies to help you live …

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Easy Guide to Planting Cover Crops (to Improve Soil)

Easy Guide to Planting Cover Crops (to Improve Soil) One of the best things to happen to our country over the last 20 years is the explosion in home gardening and community gardening. I am so happy to see more and more people taking the reigns on food production. Whether they know it or not …

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Aquaponics- Growing Food with Fish

Aquaponics- Growing Food with Fish We often get much of our aquaponics information from first hand users that enjoy the benefits of this method of growing food and fish everyday. That is a great source. There is an incredible cohesive relationship between the fish and the plants in a well run system. Imagine producing fish …

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Apartment Homesteading for Preppers

Apartment Homesteading for Prepper lived in an apartment I was still an uninformed sheep. I never dealt with the overwhelming anxiety that goes along with limited space preparedness. Its a reality that so many Americans face. When you come to the shocking realization that the world is hanging at the end of a rope it …

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