This quick and dirty cheat sheet for growing potatoes has everything you need to know for a record breaking crop. Soil pH, amount of water, hours of sunlight, spacing…even how to save “seeds” for next year’s crop.
If plant your garlic in the Fall, like I do, sometime around June, your plants will start to send up scapes. Garlic scapes are long, cylindrical shoots that develop from the center of your plant and eventually create what looks like a gnome’s hat on the end. These scapes should be cut back, so the […]
One of the best ways to preserve and then eat scapes is to pickle them. Pickled garlic scapes are a “refrigerator pickle” which means there’s no traditional canning or processing. You simply add a vinegar mixture to the jar with the scapes and keep in a corner in your fridge for a few weeks.
Lavender is a fantastic beginning herbalist’s plant to grow and use on the homestead. Growing lavender is incredibly easy. It requires little maintenance and is very tolerant to drought or over-watering. It attracts beneficial insects to your garden, and repels mosquitoes and other pests. When selecting your lavender, it is important to be aware of […]
Are you a homesteader? Homesteaders are a different breed of person. We look at the world around us through different lenses. We build things with our bare hands, we grow our own groceries, we get excited over poop. I’ve collected a list of seven things I think make homesteaders unique.
Aphids are tiny pest insects that most gardeners have had to address at one time or another. There are over 4,000 different aphid species and their color can range from green to white to black. In addition to the damage they create by eating the sap from healthy plants, they excrete a sticky substance called […]