Square Foot Gardening 101

Fruits and Vegetables, Gardening
One of the BEST and CHEAPEST ways to store fruits and vegetables is to garden and/or preserve them yourself. If this feels overwhelming to you, don't worry, we understand! Check out Jodi's Gardening Failures post from last fall for example ;) However, if this is something you really WANT to learn more about, we are going to help you achieve success this year. If you are a brand new beginner, here is a fantastic intro to Square Foot Gardening that we filmed with our cousin Emily from http://MySquareFootGarden.NET. We love love love the Square Foot Garden method developed by Mel Bartholemew.  2014 Garden Update! If you've been following our Facebook page you will have seen that Jodi is getting ready to put in some raised garden beds at her new…
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Day 9: Food Storage Christmas (fruits and veggies)

Christmas Gifts, Dehydrating, Fruits and Vegetables, Gardening
While not critical for sustaining life, fruits and vegetables are a welcome addition to any food storage program for the health benefits, variety, and to help you save money on your day to day grocery shopping. Include the Day 9 Tags to complete today's gift ideas: Options that are Free or Under $1 Gardening Seeds Gardening is a great way to become more self reliant. Try giving a few packs of gardening seeds to help motivate people to get going on gardening. If you know the person doesn't have a lot of space, pick herbs, or things you can grow on kitchen counters. An Option that is $5-$30 Canning Supplies A fun way to start using foods you garden, or buy in season for great prices is by canning them.…
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Food Storage Lessons Learned From Gardening

Fruits and Vegetables, Gardening, Jodi's Progress, Videos
Today I want to share with you a story (or confession) about my garden this year. As you may recall from my "It's Garden Time" post and my "Jiffy Pots" post, I had high hopes for my garden this year. Well watch the video below to find out what REALLY happened! So you can use me as an example, just because I wasn't able to do what I had hoped I could do, I was still able to have somewhat of a success with my garden, and I will have more than NOTHING. You just can't give up. If everything feels overwhelming take BabySteps and do it at your own pace. As long as you are progressing you are achieving success! I won't have lots of tomatoes and cucumbers to…
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Food Storage Garden – Make Your Own Pots for FREE

Fruits and Vegetables, Gardening, Jodi's Progress
As you may remember from my “It’s Garden Time” post a few weeks ago, I am a big fan of gardening and especially in how it relates to food storage. Now that our Food Storage Made Easy (eBook) Binders are completed and available, I’ve actually had a bit of time to focus on gardening again. This weekend I took a bunch of my seedlings that I started in Jiffy Pellets and transplanted them into small pots to allow them space to grow some more. I even found a way to make my OWN pots out of newspapers so it was all FREE except for buying the potting soil. I just had to share this new method with you because I was so excited about it. How to Make Your Own…
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It’s GARDEN time!

Fruits and Vegetables, Gardening
The snow is melted, my tulips are poking their heads above ground, and my garden boxes are calling my name begging for some plants to fill them up! So I'm finally going to get started on everything for this season and I am sooooo excited. Here is a list of what I'm doing in my garden this week: Installing my irrigation system (ok my husband is doing this part, he must really love me). Last fall we installed sprinklers in our whole yard but just left one pipe open for my gardens. So we need to install a drip system that will run all through my vegetable gardens. Hitting Home Depot on Saturday! Refilling my garden beds with compost. If we can get our truck working I will buy a…
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