Companion Planting

Did you know plants have best friends and enemies?  Your garden beds might as well be a catty high school cafeteria and you don’t want the potatoes sitting down at the tomato’s table.  Ok maybe it’s not quite that bad (maybe I just have too many teenagers running around my house!).  But plants do have …

Growing & Harvesting Onions

Onions are a really easy crop to grow even for beginners and when you grow your own onions a huge amount of variety is opened to you over what you can find on your grocer’s shelves.  Not only will you find a larger variety, homegrown onions have a much more vibrant flavor, kicking up the …

Online Gardening School

The internet is such an awesome resource – blogs, videos, professional resources, all at your finger tips to learn about any subject you want.  I was recently introduced to an invaluable resource for gardeners, both new and seasoned.  Rick Stone, the writer behind the popular gardening blog, OurStoneyAcres.com, has an awesome Online Gardening School!  Rick is …

Being a Good Neighborhood Farmer

Farming is an incredibly challenging career.  Managing hundreds of acres of crops or hundreds of animals, keeping it all running smoothly, battling the elements, unexpected early frosts, drought, disease….it is certainly not something to undertake casually. Backyard farming in the suburbs might not have challenges on the scale of commercial farming, but it comes with …

Composting for Beginners

Composting goes hand in hand with homesteading, but for someone just starting out, it can be overwhelming.  Soil ph, balancing, rotating, remembering what you can  and can not compost – it’s a lot of information.  But if you have a garden – veggies or flowers or even just a lawn – composting is a free …