tips for beginning gardeners, vegetable gardening, homesteading

The feel of dirt between your toes, the taste of a fresh garden tomato, the sound of busy buzzing bees…. sounds heavenly, right? Gardening is a time honored endeavor to grow your own food and gain some self sufficiency.  Generations ago, it was a necessity.  Now?  It’s a way to get back to the land and reconnect with life. But, what if you didn’t grow up in a family of gardeners?  Where do you start with growing your garden? After 15 years of gardening on my own, I’ve got 5 tips to help you startREAD MORE

why your tomatoes need eggshells

Did you know you can use eggshells in your garden to help you grown beautiful tomatoes and peppers? Yup, it’s true and I’m going to tell you how and why you should be saving those eggshells!! Why Your Tomatoes Need Eggshells This post may contain affiliate links.  For more information go here. So, have you ever had gorgeous looking tomato plants and you started getting lovely little green tomatoes and then they start turning red and your oh-so-excited??  You can just taste that homegrown tomato, right??  One day you decide that today is THE DAYREAD MORE

mulched garden

My garden isn’t looking very pretty right now, but I think it has a certain orderliness about it.  Don’t you? I try my hardest to do a thorough mulching job on it before winter really hits so that it can sit and compost until it’s time to plant in April and May.  There are two reasons for this: It makes your soil much richer.  Basically, you’re fertilizing it without adding fertilizer.  Nature does all the work 🙂 (Kind of….I mean, you do have to go through the motions and work of adding the mulch,lol) TheREAD MORE

weed free garden

Are weeds getting the best of you and your garden?  Ever wondered if there was a way to get rid of them?  Is it truly possible to have a weed free garden? Yes, it is. But it will take some prep work. Let me start you off with a story of my gardening history and then I’ll let you in on the secret 😉 My mom always had a garden.  And we kids always had to help her.  Which we hated, I mean, loved.  Every year we had to clean out the chicken house, dumpREAD MORE