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What Are Cover Crops For Gardens?

Using cover crops for gardens to promote soil health, is a time-honored part of homestead gardening. Choosing the right cover crop for the life of your soil may seem complicated, but once you’ve read through the information here – you’ll have a better idea of what’s right for your garden. Learn about the many benefits of planting cover crops, which types of cover crops may be best for your homestead, and a few pro tips too!

How to Grow Lettuce

Lettuce is an easy to grow, cool weather loving, annual crop that should be included in every spring and fall garden. Learning how to grow lettuce is pretty straightforward, and these tips will have you harvesting an abundant supply of greens within one month, and full heads of lettuce within two. Lettuce is one of my favorite crops to grow because it tastes so much better, and has a higher nutrient content than store-bought alternatives. A packet of seeds can produce plenty of lettuce for your fresh salad needs, and if you harvest from the outer leaves of leafy varieties …

How to Grow Carrots from Seed to Harvest

Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables to plant in the garden. They’re fairly low maintenance, once you get them growing. They’re versatile (even the greens are edible), and they store really well, making them a fantastic addition to any self sufficient garden. Homegrown carrots are delicious. Like most other vegetables grown at home, you have a much larger variety available to you than any you’ll find at the grocery store. Before we started growing our own, I had no idea there were purple, red, white, yellow, and all sorts of shades of orange available in carrots. Each with its …

How to Fix Leggy Seedlings

You started your seeds indoors, you thought you did everything right, and then you look at your tall, leggy seedlings with dismay.   What went wrong? It can be so discouraging to look at those tiny, spindly things… all stem and very few leaves. But, it happens to even the best of gardeners and the good news is, you can fix leggy seedlings most of the time.   What are leggy seedlings?

Planting by the Signs

Astrology and lunar cycles have long been studied by humans. In fact, agricultural astrology (or planting by the signs as it is commonly referred), is one of the oldest forms of astrology. Ancient peoples often planted by the phases of the moon and which zodiac sign the moon was currently in. This practice surprisingly dates back to ancient peoples that lived along the Euphrates river. Agricultural astrology (or the study of how the stars affect agriculture), is the oldest form of astrology. What is planting by the signs? While at first glance it can look kind of confusing for how …