Category: Gardening
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Although we have access to a large piece of land for growing things and other farm life activies, I stil enjoy trying to grow things in different spaces. For example we have done the diy stock tank garden and the diy wine barrel garden already. I found these diy wine box garden beds intriguing and […]

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Most people probably think that Stevia is just a brand name, for sweetner. Well, it is actually a plant, classified as a herb. Just like other herbs we have grown such as coriander and french tarragon. So today, we will take a look at how to grow stevia. Did you know that some Stevia plants […]

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If you follow my blog, you may have noticed I haven’t made too many flower gardening posts. That is mainly because I spend so much time growing food and taking care of the livestock, that I never really have time to try out things like this really cute diy container water garden, I saw on […]

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Ideally when you live on a homestead you want to shy away from buying seeds annually. So I prefer to save most of my seeds and then plant them the following season. Today I thoought I would share how to save tomato seeds, for planting in your garden. Saving your own seeds is perfect if […]

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They are some very commonly used household ingredients that not many people grow in their gardens. Flour is one, that we use every day for baking in the kitchen. Up until recently, I had never even Googled how to grow wheat in your home garden. To my surprise, it is something that is not too […]

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All the fun when gardening stops the minute pests and diseases start to attack your plants. We have made various natural concoctions in the past such as the homemade natural garden ant killer. These work well and are gentle on the environment. But how do you get rid of aphids in your garden naturally? Well, […]

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Most people would just rinse their fruits and vegetables under water. That is ok, if you know where they are coming from and that all natural pesticides were sprayed on them. However, in my opinion it inaturals better safe than sorry, that is why I just use this homemade fruit and veggie wash instead. It […]

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Green beans are probably one of the only plants that can be found in almost every garden. We have grown grand pa’s pole beans in our garden in the past, very successfully I should say. I have since discovered that this was just one of the many types available. Hence I have decided to write […]

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If you love to spend time in your garden, sometimes when the fall comes you just can’t stop gardening. That is why in the past I have either moved plants to our diy wood pallet green house or grown some┬ávegetables in our cold frame. I have recently discovered that I can actually plant some fruit […]

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For those of us who have been gardening for years, we know and understand the importance of saving some seeds from your garden. I remember writing a post on this blog on how to save your tomato heirloom seeds. Last week I learn how to make your very own diy seed vault. What is a […]

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Today was one of those days when I woke up feeling like doing the almost impossible. We have discussed growing grapes in containers already in the past. However, I decided I would give growing grapes from seeds another shot today. The first attempt was a dismal failure. lol Ok, if you do not already know […]

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If you are keeping chickens on your homestead, I hope you know how important it is to keep your chicken coop clean. I already use the diy chicken coop deodorizer to eliminate the bad odors that often find their way out of there. Recently, I have also started using this homemade chicken coop sanitizer. This […]

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Gardening can be lots of fun, especially when everything goes smoothly. There are a few things that an affect your garden like a drought, pests and diseases. We have looked at how to get rid of slugs with beer and how to fight tomato blight using pennies in a previous post, today I want to […]

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Our garden has always been in an open area out in the back. However, our dogs have started making it their playground, so I was looking for a way to keep them out. I found someone who had a similar problem online and they built this diy all natural garden stick fence. It is a […]

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I woke up this morning in a ‘fruity’ mood, I just felt like adding more fruit trees to our ever expanding orchard. We have already grown lychee tree from seed and most recently we successfully managed to grow apricot trees from seed, so the next thing on our list was how to grow nectarines from […]

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My good friend Sally visited me the other day and was surprised that I had not implemented this in my coops. Especially after she saw my diy chicken poop hammock, she was confused why I would go so ‘fancy’ and had never thought of using the deep litter method for chickens. This method can be […]

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We have previously talked a lot about different composting methods and tools. Do you remember the diy 3 bin compost, diy $5 compost bin or the diy compost tumbler. They all work and have their various advantages as well as disadvantages. Let us add another method into the mix, I am talking about trench composting. […]

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Just when you thought those pennies you have been collecting in that jar on top of your fridge were useless, you run into this post. You have probably been doing everything else right with your tomatoes, including prunning them. Now you can fight the dreaded tomato blight using pennies. Due to many centuries of use, […]

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I don’t know if it is good or bad luck but I came into a whole batch of serrano peppers just the other day. I will not go into the details, but I have since decided that since I was able to can pickled jalapenos last year, I should be able to succed in canning […]

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Are you ready to grow some black gold? Yes, apparently that is what some people call the peppercorn plant, since it is very popular, extremely expensive and in very high demand. We have grown other spices in the past such as turmeric, so today we will look at growing black pepper too. Unfortunately it is […]

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