Gathering your own seeds is a great way to save money, and to have fresh, viable seeds to plant every year in your garden. Collecting tomato seeds is really easy to do, and it is a great way to make use of those tomatoes that are split or damaged that you would not want to eat. Here's how to do it.
It's finally time to start my seeds. This winter has been so long and cold, I was beginning to wonder if it would ever end. But the time has finally arrived to plant my seeds and begin preparing my garden beds. It is exciting!
Over the years of gardening, I have tried several methods of starting seedlings with varying success. I wasn't really impressed with any of them. Some were too expensive, some were too much trouble and some fell apart before I was able to replant. So last spring I had an idea while at a family restaurant. I tried it out because I wanted to see how it worked before writing about it. I think it worked like a charm and it was also cheap and easy! Can't get much better than that. Let me show you what I did.
My sweet banana peppers are very prolific this year. One garden bed has been coming in heavy for weeks and the other one, which I planted later is just starting to get little peppers on the plants. Needless to say, I will not be hurting for peppers this winter. What I may be needing more of is storage. We only have one chest freezer, so I decided to put up a bunch of peppers by dehydrating them. It's easy and drastically cuts down on the amount of storage space needed!
Since this was our first full summer on our homestead, I decided to raise as much of my garden as I could from seed. This included my new herb garden. I started them all out in small three inch pots and I over-planted by three because I had no idea how many seeds would sprout. As it turns out, it was a good idea for all of them but basil and sage. Those two little rascals are VERY prolific and as you see, I had to plant the overflow in pots
If you love sunflowers, but don't have the space to devote to growing these brightly colored giants, I have some great news for you! Sunflower hybrids can give you the beautiful sunflowers that you want, and only grow about 2 or 3 feet tall!
They are also really easy to grow, either from seeds or from transplants, and come in a big variety of colors, if you aren't crazy about the original yellow. Here's how!
Since I was moving in the middle of growing season, I didn't get to plant much this summer. For a dyed in the wool gardener, it was heartbreaking. It also means that we have nothing in the freezer to help feed us this winter. A sad situation, but since we now live on our homestead, it will be the last time this happens.
One of my favorite things to grow in the fall is lettuce. Since it grows quickly, I planted a crop in one of my raised garden beds, back in August after we moved here. It is so easy to grow and it really matured quickly and looks beautiful. We harvested our first leaves last week. Delicious!!
Did you know that you can grow some of your favorite herbs in water on your own kitchen window sill? No more need to use dried herbs when it is too cold outside to have a viable garden. The best part is that you don't have to mess with soil and watering because you can grow fresh herbs in water! It really is very easy, I started mine about a month ago because I got tired of having to buy fresh herbs and have them spoil, which wastes money, or using dried herbs. I just don't think that dried herbs have the same bright, vibrant flavor as fresh. That is why I decided to try growing my own in water.
I just made a salad for dinner from my own, homegrown lettuce. No, I don't live on a farm, or even on a great deal of land. In fact, while I do have a small backyard garden, I didn't grow this lettuce in the ground. I grew this tender, delicious lettuce in a pot on my backyard deck, as you can see by the picture above.
Are you seeing bugs on your plants? Indoor or outdoor, bugs on your flowers or vegetables can do a great deal of damage, stunting their growth or killing them. Bug killer spray is so easy to make from common household ingredients, anyone can do it. It also has no harmful chemicals or preservatives in it that could get inside your lovely organic plants or harm your kids or pets.
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