Now that we know how to build a grow rack, let’s see how to make inexpensive heat mats…from Christmas lights! How to Make a Heat Mat for Seed Starting This is a “readers’ favorite” post our how-to site. When you are learning to grow from seeds, often you might see reference to a heat mat for […]
One of the things many people do when they move to a more rural location is start a garden. While there is much to know about gardens, it is best to start small. Take the time to continue to research as you go, and expand your plot. Depending on your climate and topography, your garden can produce an abundance of produce. Many consider buying a greenhouse and setting up a hydroponic system as well. To enrich the soil, you may want to consider composting as well. Composting is easy to do and will make a big difference in your garden. Even if you don't intend to live off-the-grid completely, you will enjoy many benefits from gardening.
Gardens and Orchards
Whether you are interested in fruits, vegetables, herbs or a small or large orchard, you can make it work. You and your family will eat healthier, spend more time outdoors, and literally enjoy the fruits of your labor. You will continue to learn new things and skills through trial and error. Having a steady food supply helps in self-sustainability and also provides a sense of comfort for those interested in prepping.
Flowers and other plants are beautiful too. Along with food production, beautiful scenery is an important part of rural living as well.
Series of posts on fall and winter vegetable gardens. We included lots of info on planting, structures, and winter garden care. Many of you were inspired to keep your summer gardens going longer or to plant seeds just for fall and winter harvesting. Again this fall there has been a lot of interest in extended-season gardening. Rural […]
Fresh salads from the garden in December? Even in our four-season climate, where snow often covers the frozen soil all winter long? Yes—it’s true—we can have our lettuce and eat it too! We have never tried growing veggies all year round—but we are going to give it a go! During the next two months we’ll be featuring some […]
The problem of Building a Compost Pile We’ve had a compost problem…but we’ve found a compost solution. Our compost pile was started two years ago in a location that has now become the middle of a through-way in our garden area. Our two wonderful dogs, our chickens, and the local magpies can’t seem to resist the […]
Q: Where can you build a root cellar? Q: How do you build a root cellar? A: We don’t have a root cellar at our place yet–it’s on our to-do list for this summer. We have done some research though, and to answer your questions, we’ll share what we’ve learned. In some climates, root vegetables can […]
Q: How do you start putting in a garden if your soil poor and is really bad? A: Whether you have rocks, sand, or heavy clay…or dust or dirt without any substance to it…no matter how you describe it, if your soil is poor for gardening, you’ll have to be clever and work around it. […]