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Weeds: What They Tell Us and Why You Should Care!

Weeds: What They Tell Us and Why You Should Care!

For many a homesteader or gardener weeds can be a major topic of conversation.  They should be, but maybe not for the reasons you think!  I’m not talking about eradication or even control of noxious or unwanted plant life.  What I’m referring to is listening to what the weeds are telling us…. now that is a conversation that can really go places!  No I don’t mean the looney bin (the weeds aren’t actually talking to you, even though you may…

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Homestead Heros, Plants of Promise: Seaberry

Homestead Heros, Plants of Promise: Seaberry

Seaberry Seaberry or seabuckthorn is another of the lesser known (in the United States) plants that every homestead in a temperate climate should have growing.  Often times seaberry is referred to as the citrus of the north.  Owing to it high vitamin C content (up to 15x greater than that of oranges) and other healthful benefits seaberry has gained fame as a super fruit!  Unique in the world of berries seabuckthorn has been shown to be a good source of…

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Happenings September 2015

Happenings September 2015

Well now it’s been a while since I posted much, so I thought a quick update would be in order!  The intern, I mean my brother has left.  We worked on quite a few projects for the three weeks he was here, but I sure would have liked to have him around longer!  We made some pretty good progress on the new cattle handling facilities we decided we needed here if we were going to be doing much work with…

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Homestead Heros, Plants of Promise: Currants

Homestead Heros, Plants of Promise: Currants

Currants & Gooseberries Ribes species (currants and gooseberries) are one of the forgotten gems in the homesteader’s arsenal of plant species.  Currants are an extremely hardy (to -30F.), highly productive, and long lived perennial berry.  They are tolerant of most soils, and produce well from full to partial shade.   Currants prefer well drained soil, as water logged roots severely hamper growth and vigor.  Like many berries ribes have a relatively shallow root system so they can be prone to drying…

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Seed Saving on the Homestead

Seed Saving on the Homestead

Homestead Seed Saving The knowledge and ability to save your own seeds from one season to the next is one of those homesteader skills that may not seem important at first.  When you think about the frugality, and self sufficiency aspects of homesteading then it really starts to make sense.  That little packet of seed from the garden shop will only last you so long, and if you are contemplating growing your own food on a large scale those little…

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Hardy Garden Vegetables for Your Winter Harvest

Hardy Garden Vegetables for Your Winter Harvest

Overwintering Garden Crops for a Year Long Harvest In the spirit of my previous post on starting your fall garden NOW, I put together this convenient infographic listing crops by hardiness, organized by the temperatures that they can withstand. This is by no means an exhaustive listing, but I think it is a pretty good starting place to help give you ideas of what you can plant and reasonably expect to be able to harvest through even the most difficult…

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Ginger and Turmeric

Ginger and Turmeric

I have been wanting to grow ginger for a very long time now.  Anyone in my family knows I love ginger.  I love it for it’s spicy, warming kick it adds to all sorts of foods.  We use it anywhere from tea, kimchi, stir-fry and of course, ginger ale.  A long time ago a woman told me it was very easy to grow.  That was back when we lived in California.  Now that we live in Idaho I thought it…

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Top 5 Things to Plant Now for Fall/Winter Harvest

Top 5 Things to Plant Now for Fall/Winter Harvest

I know that in the heat of the summer a lot of people have other things on their minds than the cold,wet, and dreary days of fall/winter.  Now is the time to be thinking of those days though!  This is the time to start your Fall/Winter garden.  In most places of the country there is still plenty of time left to get those seeds in the ground to have a bountiful Fall garden.  Here are my top five plants that…

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Homestead Heros, Plants of Promise: Borage

Homestead Heros, Plants of Promise: Borage

Borage This often overlooked, and somewhat forgotten herb should be near the top of the list for every homestead garden!  With alternate names like Bee Bread, and Bee Bush the reason should be obvious… pollinators absolutely go crazy for it!  Borage gets another of its common names, Starflower, from its brilliant blue, five petaled, small but prolific flowers.  I have a video here showing several different types of pollinators all over the borage in my greenhouse (there’s even a hummingbird…

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Greenhouse Video Tour July 2015

Greenhouse Video Tour July 2015

I tried to get a full tour of the garden and greenhouse, but the phone overheated so it kind of trailed off as I was going into the greenhouse.  Enter part 2, the greenhouse tour.  This thing’s been working out pretty well for us so far in three seasons.  I can finally grow my own tomatoes!  A 90 day growing season and cool nights don’t really lend themselves to good tomato production, but with this thing I’ve finally done it!…

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