We have already started nearly 500 tomato, pepper, and eggplant plants. We are crazy! Growing food is an obsession addiction at our farm. We start our seeds in 128 cell seed starting trays (similar to these). But what if you don’t want to start 50 or 100 tomatoes? What if you only need 6 or […]
Lettuce is one of those foods I will actually start craving. Especially in the hot summer sun, I can’t imagine eating a heavy dinner. A soup and salad, or grilled chicken over salad is absolute perfection. Lettuce is also one of those low maintenance plants I love. As early as your soil allows, simply direct […]
Have seeds left over from last year? Or maybe many years before that? Seeds lose their viability depending on the quality, and the method of storage. There’s an easy way to test to see if they’re still good. Check out more on how to test old seeds.
Growing your own vegetables is very rewarding, nothing tastes as amazing as a bowl of totally home grown vegetables. This three part free beginners series to Starting a Vegetable Garden, will get you set up ready to follow along with our Weekly Gardening Series. As always, if you have any questions along the way, please […]
My attempt at cow manure potting, which composts into the ground within about 12 weeks. We don’t want to waste a thing here at Ike & Eli’s!
Starting seeds inside is essential for the homestead. Purchasing seedling packs or individual plants from the nursery is just not cost effective when the homesteader’s goal is to feed a family. In addition to saving money on the homestead, by starting seeds indoors you also extend your growing season. On our homestead, we keep it […]