The harvest season leaves gardeners with a short window of time to preserve our bounty, prepare to winterize our gardens and get all our equipment in order for long term storage. With so much to do in so little time, its important to prioritize these tasks. These 30 projects and tasks will help you organize all your fall gardening chores to help you finish everything before the first snow fall!
The family food garden is the most important tool a homestead can have. Gardeners are rewarded with fresh produce that can be harvested all summer long. At the end of the growing season, the garden harvest can be transformed into pantry staples to get your family through the winter. Many varieties of fruits and vegetables can be stored in a root cellar for months. Almost anything can be pressure or water bath canned for long term storage.
Garden design, specifically for vegetables and medicinal herbs, is a main focus of this site. The methods I incorporate into my garden include:
- Companion planting
- Raised bed gardening
- Starting seeds indoors
- Seed saving
- Creating edible landscapes
- And many more!
How to Grow
This page contains posts with “how to grow” guides for different varieties of herbs and vegetables. It’s nice to learn from someone else’s mistakes when it comes to gardening, and I have made many. After years of growing my own food, I hope my experience and knowledge can help beginner gardeners.
12 Culinary Herbs for the Flower Garden
Growing herbs in your garden is a great way to add freshness and flavor to your cooking. Fresh herbs in your diet deliver many health benefits and can elevate recipes to new heights! Many gardeners choose to grow culinary herbs in their vegetable garden, however not all plants are well suited to this design. To save space in your herb garden and take advantage of beautiful blooms, these 12 culinary herbs are perfect additions to flower garden beds.
The Comprehensive Guide to Raised Bed Gardening
Raised Bed Gardening is a method that allows us to spend more time enjoying our gardens and less time maintaining them. This guide will give you the tools to design, build, grow and maintain raised beds like a pro.
30 Unique Heirloom Vegetables for your Food Garden
Do you find yourself getting bored with your garden produce? Are you sick of planting the same things in your garden year after year? These 30 unique heirloom vegetables are sure to mix up the normal routine in your food garden and kitchen. So dig in and have fun exploring these exciting cultivars!
Wildflower Cottage Garden Design
Designing a wildflower cottage garden can turn an otherwise wasted yard space into an oasis of blossoms. Wildflowers provide a safe haven for pollinators and wildlife while bringing joy to all who look upon them. With minimal effort, you can plant a wildflower patch this year to enjoy for generations to come.
Building a Climate Victory Garden to Regenerate Soil
Gardeners and farmers across the world are joining the Climate Victory Garden movement to regenerate their soil and their health. By using plants to sequester carbon from the atmosphere safely into the earth, we can reverse global warming and prevent violent weather disasters. Grow food in your backyard and join the fight for climate change.
The Bare Soil Dilemma
Do you eat food? Do live on planet Earth? Then this is for you! Find out how the way we grow our food is destroying soil and turning fertile land to dust. Join the soil revolution!
Learn to Pressure Can Veggies!
Pressure canning may seem intimidating at first but it actually takes less prep work than water bath canning. Did you know, pressure canning is the only safe way to can low-acidity foods such as vegetables, mushrooms, broth, soup/stew, and meat? So, take the leap and start preserving produce from your own garden this season!
20 Perennial Flowers that Bloom all Summer
The best way to achieve all summer color in your flower beds is to choose perennials with the longest possible bloom time. I have put together a list of the most eye catching flowers that bloom for 8-12 weeks. Since they are perennials, they will come back to life every year to fill your garden with low maintenance beauty.
How to Harvest, Dry and Cure Cilantro
Learn how to harvest cilantro from your garden, dehydrate or air dry it, then cure your herbs for long term storage! Proper handling can mean the difference between a flavor packed, long lasting spice and a tasteless, unpleasant dish.