Grow Your Very Best Tomatoes

Believe it or not, tomato harvesting time isn’t far away. Before long, you’ll be enjoying plenty of juicy tomatoes in bountiful amounts if you follow some key growing tips. Here are a few of our favorite ways to make sure you get the most out of this year’s tomato crop. 1. Water is crucial. Your […]

The Simple, 7-Ingredient  Compost Tea That Will Revolutionize Your Garden

Written by: Trent Rhode  Earth, by its very nature, is in a partnership with microbes of all kinds. From the deepest seas, to the highest mountains, microbes such as bacteria, yeast and fungi are a key part of our planet’s ecosystems, performing vital functions like making nutrients bio-available to plants and animals, and helping our soils […]

15 Slow-Growing Seeds Smart Gardeners Start In March

Written by: Jacki Andre  Many areas are still experiencing frost in March, but most of us can start planting seeds. Whether or not you can go ahead and start seeds depends on a number of factors, including your hardiness zone, your last frost date, which seeds you aim to plant, and whether you intend to start your seeds […]

Odd-Ball, Delicious Vegetables You’ve Never Grown

Written by: Off The Grid Radio Radio 0  Print This Article  It’s gardening season throughout North America, which means it’s nearly time to plant the tried-and-true staples you’ve always enjoyed. Lettuce. Tomatoes. Potatoes. And Beans. This year, though, why not try something different? Why not grow something that is new, delicious, fun, and even quirky? This week’s guest on Off […]

6 Ways To Maximize Your Raised Bed Garden This Year

Written by: Angela Gates Sitting inside, pouring over gardening magazines, and dreaming about my spring garden, I envision acres of land covered in lush, green plants. Each row is teeming with fruits or vegetables, and my family is awed by the bounty of supplies that our garden provides. When I step outside and face the reality […]

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 […]

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