Category: Gardening

  • Homestead Diary: The Heritage Apple Project

    Homestead Diary: The Heritage Apple Project

    Over the last few years I have been building a generous collection of foraged apple seeds. I have a tradition of sprouting these seeds as early as New Year’s as a totally gratuitous mid-winter gardening activity. The first couple of years I only collected a handful of varieties, but over this last summer my little…

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  • Where to Get My Favorite Free Seed Catalogs

    Where to Get My Favorite Free Seed Catalogs

    In the colder months when the wind blows snow flurries over our lifeless garden and the fire burns cozy in the living room, one of the most anticipated events in my house is the mid-winter arrival of the annual seed catalogs. There are few things more comforting than relaxing on the couch with a colorful…

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  • How I Organize my Garden Seeds

    How I Organize my Garden Seeds

    Welcome (or welcome back) to the cabin! Iā€™m sitting down with a cup of tea and my seed purchases for the 2023 season to chat with you about what Iā€™m most excited to grow this year as well as how I organize my seed stash.

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  • Lavender: The Complete Growing Guide

    Lavender: The Complete Growing Guide

    Lavender is a hardy perennial herb renowned for its aromatic blooms and soothing medicinal qualities. Popular with pollinators and astoundingly deer-proof, this classical, compact shrub is a fabulous choice for low-maintenance landscaping or beautifying a kitchen garden. Dating back to the Old World and being native to the Mediterranean, lavender is drought-tolerant, easy to grow…

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  • Four Different Seed Starting Methods

    Four Different Seed Starting Methods

    If you’ve found me via the rabbit hole of seed starting, welcome! A cursory internet search will turn up an overwhelming amount of advice, and I’m glad you’re here to check out mine. Through all my research and personal experience I’ve come up with the four most popular methods of seed starting and I want…

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  • 10 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Began Seed Starting

    10 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Began Seed Starting

    Let me preface this post by stating that I am in no way an expert gardener. It takes many years of research and experience to gain such an illustrious title, and although this will be my fourth year gardening at the homestead I still have so much to discover. Nonetheless I have learned enough in…

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  • How Many Plants For Your Family? Vegetable Planting Chart

    How Many Plants For Your Family? Vegetable Planting Chart

    feed your family through the summer? What about for your home canning needs? Depending on what type of fruit and veg your loved ones eat the most, it can be more than you think. I’ve compiled this handy chart to help you plan your seed starting or plant shopping, and below you’ll find tips on…

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  • How To Shop For Nursery Seedlings

    How To Shop For Nursery Seedlings

    veggie starts may look herculean compared to humble home-grown seedlings, looks can be absolutely deceiving. Read on for my best tips on how to shop for nursery-grown plant starts.

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  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Saving Your Own Garden Seeds

    3 Reasons Why You Should Be Saving Your Own Garden Seeds

    Did you know that with proper selection and care you can grow your own seed stock right in your home garden? Planting heirloom fruits, vegetables, and herbs can provide you with an unlimited supply of garden seeds for generations to come. Read on for my top reasons why you should start saving seeds this season.…

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  • How to Shop for Garden Seeds Like a Pro

    How to Shop for Garden Seeds Like a Pro

    Hybrid, heirloom, non-GMO? Oh my! What do all these things mean for a gardener when shopping for seeds? I’ll tell all in this lengthy post and I’ll also share some of my favorite vendors (and coupon codes!) with y’all. If you’re ready to dive into my best practices for seed shopping, grab a hot drink…

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  • The Top 5 Reasons to Start Your Garden From Seed This Year

    The Top 5 Reasons to Start Your Garden From Seed This Year

    Whether you’re growing herbs, vegetables or flowers, the benefits of starting plants from seed are many! It may seem like a daunting task especially for beginner gardeners who haven’t grown into their green thumb yet. What you probably haven’t considered is that growing from seed can be easier than buying department store plants! Read on…

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  • The Growing Zone Paradigm

    The Growing Zone Paradigm

    Contrary to popular belief your growing zone means almost nothing to your vegetable garden in North America. What?? Bear with me and by the end of this post I’m sure you’ll agree. Just a few years ago when I really delved into gardening – spending hours poring over five-star growing guides and watching breakout channels…

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  • Grow your Own: A Gardener’s Year

    Grow your Own: A Gardener’s Year

    In my quest to find a comprehensive gardening calendar that fits any growing season (and sadly coming up short) I’ve compiled this collection of resources to fit any gardener in any region and any climate. Just a few supplies are needed to put together your ultimate gardening guide and can be found for very cheap,…

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