Farming & Gardening

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10 Easy Soil Tests

What’s the secret to raising healthy, carefree vegetables and flowers? Great soil. How can you tell if your soil has what plants need? A soil test. When you send a soil sample to a lab, you get a detailed analysis of soil nutrients and you find out about deficiencies. That’s valuable information. Now you can … Continue reading

Create a Survival Garden Without Irrigation or Fertilization

hugelkultur: the ultimate raised garden beds grow a typical garden without irrigation or fertilization has been demonstrated to work in deserts as well as backyards use up rotting wood, twigs, branches and even whole trees that would otherwise go to the dump or be burned it is pretty much nothing more than buried wood can … Continue reading

How to Grow and Harvest Wheat by Hand

Although grain is still grown and harvested by hand in many parts of the world, in the United States this skill is practically lost. Having done just a bit of this myself, the thing that impresses me the most is how long it takes to do this by hand. Compare this to modern agricultural methods … Continue reading

How to Make Your Own Pallet Garden

This is a great way to create a vegetable, herb or flower garden in a small amount of space. Find a Pallet The first thing you need to do is–obviously–find a pallet. I’ve had good luck finding them in dumpsters behind supermarkets. No need to be squeamish. It doesn’t smell. At least, it doesn’t smell … Continue reading

Home Canning Guide: Learn How to Can Your Own Food

Mother Earth News Why Do We Can? We looked to our readers to find out why home canning is experiencing a  modern revival. Their answer: Canning produces flavorful, high-quality food that  saves money, builds self-reliance and creates lifelong memories. Check out some  of their responses and get inspired to start stocking your pantry with  home-canned … Continue reading

From Natural Born Killer To The Jolly Green Giant

Hello Everyone! It is Spring and it is the perfect time to get that garden started. If you’ve never grown anything before, or you are a beginner, you’ll find this article inspiring as I’ll tell you how I went from being a natural born killer, to growing the giant beanstalk, and the secret to a … Continue reading

Organizing Your Seed Collection

This video will show you how to keep your seeds safe, methods for organizing, how much you need to save, and seed companies I regularly use for growing my own groceries and backyard food production. http://www.growyourowngroceries.com for wisdom and joy of food sovereignty. Marjory Wildcraft grows her own food and you can too.

How to Set Up a Simple, Homemade Vermicomposting Bin

To Begin – You need five (5) basic ingredients to start vermicomposting: Container Bedding Water Worms Non-fatty kitchen scraps Containers Worm boxes can be purchased or made. The boxes need to be shallow because the worms feed in the top layers of the bedding. A box that is too deep is not as efficient and … Continue reading

Building a Root Cellar

We’re starting to think about how to safely preserve the summer harvest to sustain us in the long winter months – or in a food shortage. It takes about two days of power outage for everything in your spare freezer to go bad. Root cellars, a normal feature of old homesteads, keep root vegetables and … Continue reading

This Humane Trap Can Guard Your Vegetable Patch!

Build this safe, simple trap to keep uninvited critters out of your garden. By Bob Lawrence Years ago — when my grandfather used to trap possums, coons and rabbits and then serve ’em up as country dinners — he always caught the varmints in a simple box trap made from little more than a few boards and maybe a … Continue reading

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