Tag Archives: Gardening

  • What Should I Do?
    Garden Tour

    Touring a “Back to Eden” Garden

    Learning about an alternative gardening method
    by leslie pitts

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 4:48 AM

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    After taking the "red pill" and heading down the path of resiliency, growing your own food and becoming a gardener is a step many of us take and fall in love with. Some of us come from gardening and/or farming backgrounds and have years of experience with our hands in the soil.  Some say its a labor of love. We experiment, learn, and grow. It is always challenging and rewarding. Here I share a recent discovery of a gardening technique that has given me a better understanding of natural growing and hopefully better results with less effort. I would like to introduce the Back to Eden gardening method. 

    It’s hard to argue with the facts, and the fact is that the Back to Eden method of gardening is producing excellent results.  Paul Gautschi’s film, Back to Eden, provides all the information needed to get started, and viewers will find it peppered with quotes and anecdotes from the Bible, which are delightful enough even to the unreligious.  Between the Internet and word of mouth, Back to Eden farms are popping up all over the place.

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  • What Should I Do?
    Sliced tomato for saving seed

    How to Harvest and Save Tomato Seeds

    Simple steps for getting seeds for the future
    by threemealsfarm

    Thursday, September 20, 2012, 2:50 AM

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    With the waning of the blistering summer heat comes the end of the life cycle for many of the summer crops planted in the garden and produce available at the farmers market. This means it is time for harvesting seeds for the next growing season and saving the promise of delicious produce for years to come.

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  • Daily Prep
    USDA Organic Roots Archive

    Organic Roots Digital Collection

    Electronic collection of historic documents published before
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 8:39 PM

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    A fascinating and valuable resource to learn from and explore.  A look at our farming and agricultural heritage and a way to learn from past generations of resiliency builders. 

    From the USDA Organic Roots Website:

    About the Collection:
    Good information is a critical part of successful and sustainable agricultural production. The National Agricultural Library (NAL) possesses thousands of publications printed before synthetic fertilizer and pesticides became commercially available (around 1942) when farmers used methods that we would now call organic. Many of these publications contain state-of-the-art information and data that is still valuable to today’s organic and sustainable farmers. Digitization of these publications allows us to make this information available to those who do not possess the time or geographic proximity to search the library’s collection. In addition, digitization of this information ensures it will be preserved and available for generations. This project is being done in a series of phases covering a variety of topics including crop production, livestock production, and seed breeding, production and preservation.

    Organic Roots Website  |  Search Site

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  • Daily Prep
    www.motherearthnews.com

    International Homesteading Education Month, September 2012

    Start a local event to share knowledge and learn from others
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Friday, June 29, 2012, 3:52 PM

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    A coordinated effort through Mother Earth News and Grit to connect people in the month of September to share knowledge and get communities to build more resiliency through homesteading efforts and practices. Register an event.  Register as a speaker.

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/homestead-education/homesteading-education-month.aspx

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  • Blog

    Making Potting Mix

    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Monday, April 16, 2012, 5:17 PM

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    With spring upon us and the warming of the earth, many readers are getting the urge and itch to get outside and start planting a garden. Whether your garden is large enough to feed a community or just big enough to supplement your everyday fresh greens addiction, at some point you will need a supply of potting soil. From container herb gardens to the square-foot garden method, potting soil will need to be on hand. High-quality potting soil is an essential component to a successful garden season because it provides the foundational medium in which your plants will start and continue to grow in. In this article I discuss the process and recipe that I have used for many years for making great potting soil.  I hope to provide you with ideas on how to make the best mix for your garden and ways to save money in the future. 

    The Recipe

    The following is an excellent general seed starting mix and transplant mix.  For plants that might require a lighter mix, use a 2-1-1 ratio of the following ingredients.

    Mix the following ingredients together in a sealable bag or container to maintain moisture if potting mix is to be stored for any length of time.

    • 3 parts Peat Moss
    • 1 part Compost (can be a combo of compost and worm castings if you have a worm bin available)
    • 1 part Perlite

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