Benefits of Marigolds for Chickens

It’s finally spring! We have been busy out in our yard and gardens Do you like to garden? We have our go-to petunias already in their pots, our flower beds planted with all sorts of beautiful blooms and our food garden prepped and ready to be planted

The girls have been scratching around and getting the

How to Prevent Weeds in the Garden

Weeds in the garden are the bane of my existence As I write this, I’m thinking about all of the weeds I need to go eliminate and it’s a little over whelming Preventing weeds from growing in the first place is a great goal, and there are a few things you can do to prevent weeds from growing in the first place Here are my top three weed prevention methods!

I highly recommend transitioning to a no-till garden Tilling actually encourages weeds grow by moving them around in the soil And over

How to Use Eggshells For Your Garden

I had the pleasure of growing up in a family that understood the rich benefits of growing our own food We didn’t have any farm animals, but we did have an awesome garden every summer

There is absolutely nothing like those first green beans or that first BLT of the season! YUM! So, as I grew up and got married, I knew it was something I’d want to teach our kids as well

Planting Produce in Pots

Gardening is a great way to get outside and grow some of your own food  Gardening can also feel difficult, especially if you have bad soil, frequent droughts or problems with pests and weeds every year  Or, you might think that gardening isn’t something you have space for  What if there was a way to make sure that you always had room to grow vegetables?  What if this method was also easier to manage, no matter what issues you have had with past gardens?

 

Benefits of Planting in Pots

Container gardening is an excellent way

My Favorite Herbs to Plant in the Garden

Planting herbs in the garden is one of my favorite things  Herbs are incredibly useful, pretty and make a perfect addition to any garden  They’re great for adding flavor to your food, creating comforting teas, or natural medicine  Most herbs are also great companion plants for vegetables and can help improve the flavor of your vegetables or keep pests off of your plants  Herbs that are good for you are also good for your chickens Keep reading to see what my favorite herbs are to plant in the garden

 

Rosemary

Rosemary is a hardy perennial

How to Know When Seedlings Are Ready to Go Into the Ground

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, we get anxious to start gardening When to plant our seedlings is an excellent question, and one that depends on a few factors: type of plant, last frost date (or weather), size of seedlings, and proper hardening-off of seedlings

 

One important thing to consider before planting is to understand what type of plant you want to grow Some plants are cold hardy and will tolerate colder weather Potatoes, lettuce, onions, kale, broccoli, radishes, will all take a bit of cold and are usually planted first, before the last frost date

Planting a Garden for Your Chickens

Yes, you heard that right! Plant a garden FOR your chickens!

Myself and many others have fought the good fight to keep chickens OUT of our summer gardens since the beginning of time Crafty and able to squeeze through most affordable types of livestock fencing, chickens can destroy a garden It’s not their fault, they are opportunistic free rangers, eating whatever they can find

Here are a few tips to distract your flock this year, saving your garden!

Plan for Extras in Your Garden

As the old saying goes, “Sow four beans as you

Garden Prep Before Planting

Let’s get ready to garden! Are you excited to grow your own vegetables this year? Growing a garden is a budget friendly way to get healthy food on the table, an opportunity to teach your kids where food comes from, and a way to reduce use of fossil fuels needed to transport far away food to us Here are a few things to do to prep your garden for the flurry of planting!

 

Clean the garden –

Remove any sticks, rocks, other debris that may have fallen on your garden throughout the winter Make sure you get rid of plants that

My Top 5 Plants to Grow in the Garden

Part of the way I keep warm in the winter is to dream about gardening There’s not a lot of gardening we can do outside right now in frozen Iowa, but we can make garden plans and get ready for spring and summer Warm weather will be here before we know it Then we can stop griping about the cold and start griping about the bugs, the heat, and the humidity There’s always something, right?!

 

I grow a large, varied garden filled with flowers, herbs, fruit, and vegetables I like to experiment in my garden, so you’ll always find something

VIDEO: Seeds for Preservation and Perseverance with Amyrose Foll

Food sovereignty is the right to choose what food to eat, where it comes from, and how it is grown In the past five centuries, native foodways were used as control, a weapon to wage war on our population, and more recently as a blight on our health By taking control of our seed, in some cases bringing varieties back from the brink of extinction, and growing our own fresh fruits and vegetables, we are not only preserving our cultural heritage and revitalizing our foodways, but becoming a testament to the resilience of