DIY Soil Test in a Mason Jar...

Growing your own food and gardening the day away can be fun and relaxing. It can also be frustrating and downright disappointing. One way to mitigate the possible frustration is to do your homework before you ever start planting. Trust me. I wish I had taken my own advice. A great (and pretty simple) step to doing your due diligence is to try your own soil test. All you need for this little test is a mason jar, some elbow grease, and a bit of time. Knowing what percentage of clay, sand, and silt in your soil can help you understand what you might need to add or modify to get your garden going. The brilliant Shelle Wells over at Preparedness Mama helps people find ways to be self-sufficient and get prepared....

Food Every Year: Perennial Fruits and Vegetables Jun07

Food Every Year: Perennial Fruits and Vegetables

Planting a new crop every year takes quite a bit of work and dedication. Thankfully, the world has given us fruits and vegetables that you can plant one year and enjoy for the next several. Perennial fruits and vegetables are a great way to build a sustainable garden without spending dozens of hours each planting season. You might instantly think “apple tree,” but there are many, many more options out there that produce food year in and year out. The site Village Green Network offers some pretty great articles on all things sustainable, and this is one of their gems. When you think perennial, start thinking guacamole made from avocados, crunchy asparagus,  and sweet and sour raspberry pie....

Dry Your Own Herbs May06

Dry Your Own Herbs

And no, not those kind of herbs (I’m looking at you, Colorado). If you have any space indoors or out, growing herbs like basil, mint, parsley and others is a no-brainer. We have some growing right outside our front door below the porch. Although they taste great fresh on eggs, pasta and the like, you can also easily dry them. Taste of Home actually has a great little tutorial on how to go about drying herbs. Their article  “How to Dry Herbs” is a great start for those who want to try out a few drying methods. Stop spending your hard earned money on herbs that barely have a taste to them at all. Begin cultivating a more self sustaining life....

Edible Container Gardens: 6 Tips Apr25

Edible Container Gardens: 6 Tips...

When you don’t have much space and the weather is violent, container gardens can be the perfect option for a bit of homegrown produce. When venturing into any gardening technique, a few tips from a seasoned professional is essential. Edible container gardens, when done right, can be a fun, convenient, and attractive way to grow vegetables, herbs, and even a few fruits. The Micro Gardener is the content-rich blog of Anne, gardener and small-space-genius. Want a way to grow without the space of a micro-farm? Container gardening might just be the answer....

Starting from Seeds (Courtesy Organic Gardening Magazine) Oct25

Starting from Seeds (Courtesy Organic Gardening Magazine)...

Starting plants from seeds is an essential step in cultivating life and becoming truly self-sustaining. Creating sustainable agriculture means understanding how to start from seed in order to create and cultivate crops that are adapted to a unique geographical location. Organic Gardening is one of the best sites for those interested in cultivating life and learning organic gardening skills....