We Heart Pinterest Day 5: Gardening

Gardening, Pinterest
Since we LOVE Food Storage, and LOVE Pinterest (see post here), each day until February 14th, we'll be showing you some of our favorite Pinterest boards and neat things we have found and have pinned there! It's so great to see and share what others have done. Today we are highlighting our Gardening board. This board is a great place to find all kinds of creative ways to get growing your own vegetables! From growing in small spaces, to using your vegetables in cooking, to advanced gardening tips, there is something here for everyone. To see the whole board, click here. PIN 1: This is an awesome idea for having fresh green onions in your home at all times. PIN 2: Do you love square foot gardening? You'll love this…
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Julie’s Garden Update

Julie’s Garden Update

Gardening, Gardening, Julie's Progress
So Jodi gave her garden update on Monday, and today it's my turn. For those of you who have followed you know this year was my first year gardening. I still don't have a yard that I can garden in (it's small and shaded - always) so this year I borrowed some of my mom's garden area. There were some advantages to this. She is a master gardener so she could teach me stuff, she tended to it while I was out of town, and she felt bad for me if some of my stuff didn't come up right and gave me some of hers. The drawbacks of doing this was that I couldn't just go to my backyard to pick lettuce for dinner, or see the growth each day.…
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Gardening Updates as Fall Approaches

Gardening Updates as Fall Approaches

Gardening, Gardening, Self Reliance
School starts in a week around these parts. How is summer over already??? We figured it's been a while since we did our garden updates (although we've posted little updates on Facebook here and there) so here is a little summary of how things are going for us this year. This year has been an interesting year for my garden. I got a late start on some things but they are finally catching up and I'm excited to START harvesting soon. We've been having pretty mild falls here lately so I'm hoping to still get a few months of good tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, etc. Most of my spring plantings got eaten by my chickens so I've had to adjust a few things to avoid that problem in the future.…
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Spring Gardening Chores

Gardening, Jodi's Progress
It's springtime, yay! This blog is not a "gardening blog" but gardening does have a lot to do with self-reliance and it can be an inexpensive way to stockpile your own fruits and veggies that you can preserve. I asked on our Facebook page what people want to see on the blog about gardening this year and got a wide variety of responses. I'm not a gardening guru by any means, so I will be sharing what I'm doing in my garden (and hopefully Julie will share hers as she gets started this year too!). I will try to direct you to good resources along the way so you can see what I'm doing but also have the help you need for whatever your personal gardening goals and concerns are.…
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Garden Update and FAQ Part Two

Gardening, Jodi's Progress
A few weeks back we posted part one of a Square Foot Gardening FAQ put together by Emily Peery, author of the eBook "Gardening For Beginners". Today we are going to give you the second half of the questions asked by our Facebook Fan Page readers. But first here is a little update on Jodi's gardening adventures this year. The Good - Irrigation is IN, just need to add in the little drippers. The Bad - I already had some plants started that got a little jostled. The UGLY - In an attempt to harden off my seedlings, I killed them all :( Canning Questions What are some tips for planning your garden if canning is your end goal? First, do you have a pressure canner? Because if you don’t…
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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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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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