Obviously the easiest way to keep critters out of your garden is to put up a good fence. The higher and tighter the better, while burying the bottom will go a long way toward keeping critters from digging beneath. What if you don't have the time or materials to get a fence up, however? Read on for some tips that will help keep your vegetables flowing to your family, instead of … [Read more...] about Naturally Animal-Proofing Your Garden
Six September Gardening Tips
As the days grow shorter and the temperatures get either downright pleasant, or just a little less unbearable depending on what part of the country you're in, you're likely wondering what steps you can take in your garden. Its an odd time of year, as the harvest of ripe produce lines coincides with the approach of dormancy for many plants. That doesn't mean there's nothing to … [Read more...] about Six September Gardening Tips
Exiling Deer from your Garden
Whether you want to keep the deer from eating all your garden vegetables and flowers or whether you’re interested in ways to help wildlife during a hot, dry summer, here are a few things you should know. Any limited availability of food and water can lead to a reduced number of newborn fawns and fewer fawns that survive their first year. Such harsh conditions can also reduce … [Read more...] about Exiling Deer from your Garden
A Brief History of the Victory Garden
As homesteaders, self-sufficiency seems almost folded into our DNA. While the lifestyle has many appeals, one thing in particular that binds us is a deep appreciation for the land, and a desire for a connection to the food that nourishes us. These sorts of virtues have fallen in and out of mainstream appeal over the years, sometimes on a whim, and other times on account of … [Read more...] about A Brief History of the Victory Garden
Purslane: Worthwhile or Weed?
Purslane. I guarantee you've seen it, and if, like me, you grew up below the Mason-Dixon, you may even have heard of it by the slightly unappetizing moniker: Hogweed. Found growing wild across most of the United States, purslane is most definitely a weed, but the question is, is it a useful one? As you've probably guessed, given that we're devoting an article to it, it is … [Read more...] about Purslane: Worthwhile or Weed?