Gardening

Harvesting Zuchetta

Zuchetta rampicante is a unique type of squash.  It can be harvested and used as a summer squash or as a winter squash.  I picked this squash in the picture when I took the picture.  I used it as a summer squash and sauteed most of it for my lunches. …

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Seed Saving: Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums are highly beneficial to your garden.  I plant them year after year and they always have grown well for me.  However, I have also had to buy seeds every year.  This is a shame because nasturtiums seeds are very easy to collect.  I hope to never need to buy …

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Seed Saving: Sunflowers

You could call it harvesting and eat all your sunflower seeds or you could call it saving seed and plant the seeds next year.  Either way it’s a pretty easy job to do.  Once the sunflowers are past their prime the back of the head will turn yellow and that …

Bugs

Hornworms are Eating My Tomatoes

Ever gone out to your garden to find the tomato you were hoping to eat with a large bite taken out of it?  I have lost about eight tomatoes so far this year to this pest.  The large bite is actually many little bites taken by a tomato horn worm. …

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My Flower Garden: Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums can be grown for many reasons.  You can grow them because they are pretty flowers that are easy to grow.  You can grow them to eat both the flowers and the leaves.  I grow them because they are beneficial to the bug population that I want to have in …

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My Flower Garden: Chammomile

Chamomile is a pretty little daisy like flower that is commonly known for herbal tea.  They are also very easy to grow in your garden.  You can get German, which is an annual, or Roman, which is a perennial.  Either kind should spread and form a nice ground cover that …

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Lasagna Garden vs Drought

It has been in the 90’s all week here without any rain.  I have also not watered my garden at all.  Here are the results: Everything is beautiful and green!!   Notice the leaves spread everywhere holding in all that water!! Thank you lasagna gardening!!         Share …

Family

Kids Gardening

My homestead is also the homestead of my two small children.  I think it is extremely important that they both learn gardening along with many other skills as young as possible.  I am having to learn all about permaculture and homesteading as I go which makes it harder to learn. …

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Seed Saving: Amish Snap Peas

The easiest kinds of plants to learn to save seeds for is peas and beans.  If you already save dried peas or beans, do exactly the same thing but save the beans or peas to be used as seeds.  If you are unfamiliar with this process, it is very easy. …

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Hugelkultur Mounds

The perfect way to fertilize a tree or bush is a hugelkultur mound.  This will provide food for years with only a little effort  in the beginning.  It retains water so you don’t need to provide supplemental, just rain water should do.  It gets nice and warm so that if you …