Seed-Starting Mistakes Even Smart People Make

For the beginning gardener, seed-starting can seem so easy. Place a few seeds in a pot of dirt, water them, and watch them grow. Right? If only it were that easy. As every gardener eventually discovers, seed-starting can be one of the most difficult parts of gardening. Seed-starting is the subject of this week’s episode of Off The Grid Radio, […]

What You Need For Starting Seeds: The Basics

Hello vegetable producers…it’s seed starting time! February to early March is the time to start thinking about getting your greenhouse ready to start your onions, peppers, herbs, and tomato seeds. These particular plants can take up to 10 -14 weeks until they are ready to transplant to your garden, raised beds, or containers.  If you […]

Hassle-Free Winter Composting For Any Region

Winter composting shouldn’t be a hassle. There are many easy ways to create and maintain usable compost year-round, and winter composting actually has several advantages. It produces fertilizer for spring planting, so there is no rush to the garden center to pick up compost. Outdoor bins can handle more compost than indoor bins or containers. […]

3 Tips To Growing Your Best Garden Yet

“What is a garden for?  It is for delight, for the purest of all human pleasures, the greatest refreshment of the spirits of men.  So say the old writers, and we cannot amend their words, which will stand as long as there are Gardens on earth, and people to love them.” –  Gertrude Jekyll Before […]

The Secret To Winter Gardening

If you’re the type of food gardener that wants to enjoy a 4-season harvest, you need learn about cold frames, ASAP. That is, if you’re not already using them. Cold frames aren’t complicated, mystical or difficult to use. They are nothing more than a basic raised bed with an old door, window or other piece […]

The Top 3 Mistakes Rookie Gardeners Make

Gardening often seems easy enough. Just plant a seed, water it, and watch it grow … right? In reality, it’s not quite that easy. Factors like bad weather, bugs, disease, lack of rain, and space constraints sometimes hamper our gardening efforts. However, with a little bit of know-how you can easily spot potential problems and […]

No-Fail Half-Sour Dill Pickles

Our Boston Pickling cucumbers are producing like crazy right now!  Since we have so many, I decided to try a recipe out of one  my books called The Pickled Pantry. Here’s the recipe: 4 cups water 2 tbsp pickling or fine sea salt 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar 8 cups whole pickling cucumbers 1 dill […]

Roasting Your Garden Beets

My brother and sister-in-law, Nick and Jericho, recently left on a trip out West to visit Jericho’s family.  One of their requests before they left is that I check on their garden when they are gone and pick whatever is ready. So a few days after they were out of dodge, my Grandma, Ivy and […]

What’s up with the funky shaped cucumber?

We are all used to the perfectly shaped cucumbers that line the produce shelves at the grocery store.  There’s never a funky, misshaped cucumber that makes it out to the public eye.  So we grow our own cucumbers at home, expecting to see perfectly shaped, non-blemished cucumbers. But what happens?  We go to harvest our […]

Harvesting Your Garlic Scapes

As mentioned earlier, last fall we planted all of our varieties of garlic that we carry. These varieties include German Extra Hardy, Chet’s Italian Red, Chesnok Red, Persian Star and Music. The process was rather easy, though a little time consuming. We tilled up the field, mounded up the rows, planted the garlic bulbs and […]

The Real “Most Wonderful Time of the Year…”

by Krystal Krogman To the South, a snowfall is a phenomenon. A beautiful rarity… once the initial Armageddon panic of a quarter-inch of snow dies down and they’re safely at home. And to an extent, I’d have to agree. Undisturbed snow is a beautiful thing… However, I’m not sure it warrants a song about it […]

Canning Food 101: Water Bath Canning Basics

In our household, canning saves a great deal of money. We grow most of our own produce in our little front-yard garden and then we “put up” as much of it as possible, which is pretty much everything we don’t eat fresh right out of the garden. To can enough produce to last us all […]

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