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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3 Great Recipes for Your Final Garden Harvest

Fruit and Vegetable Recipes, Gardening, Recipes
Did you recently pull up the last of your vegetable garden? Do you have bags of tomatoes and peppers all over your kitchen? What do you do with a "problem" like this? Here in Utah the first frost is around the corner, so I've been grabbing everything off of my plants as quickly as possible. The pepper plants have been pulled up after getting lots of great green and red peppers, and jalapenos too. My tomatoes still have some greenies on the vine so I'm holding out hope that I can squeak a few more good ones out. Needless to say I have an abundance of produce hanging around my kitchen. Spaghetti Salad Ingredients: 16 oz package of spaghetti 1 large green pepper, seeded and chopped 3-4 medium tomatoes, chopped…
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Blasts from the Past: Learning the Lost Arts of Self Reliance

Dehydrating, Events, Fruits and Vegetables, Gardening, Jodi's Progress, Sprouting
If you have been following along with our Extreme Food Storage Makeover you will have already been introduced to my mom, Grandma Lori. I remember growing up we used to eat homemade strawberry jam and bottled peaches and my mom would make alfalfa sprouts on the kitchen counter. As I got older my mom kind of stopped doing those things and when I got married I was so busy I didn't give it a second thought. When we started our blog people started to ask us about some of the "food storage swear words" like gardening, canning, dehydrating, and sprouting and we realized we knew nothing about them. I asked my mom why she never taught me how to can and she said "When you can buy canned tomatoes at…
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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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How To Build a Vinyl Square Foot Garden Box

How To Build a Vinyl Square Foot Garden Box

Gardening, How-To Series, Videos
Whenever I post pictures of my gardens on our Facebook Fan Page people always ask where I got them or how I made them. Well the answer is ... I have an amazing husband :) He has been sweet enough to make a tutorial for you to show how to make a simple 4x4 vinyl garden box. Feel free to watch the video at the bottom of the page, but I have also tried to summarize his instructions if you don't want to watch the whole thing. How To Build a Vinyl Square Foot Garden Box Materials Needed: 4"x4" vinyl post jackets (found in either 72" or 100" lengths) - You can also use 5"x5" vinyl posts but they have holes pre-drilled in incorrect places) Vinyl fence slats (found in…
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Square Foot Gardening FAQ

Fruits and Vegetables, Gardening
When we posted our Square Foot Gardening 101 post a few weeks ago it got people all excited about starting up their gardens this year ... and it also led to a slew of gardening questions coming from our readers on our Facebook Fan Page. We decided to have our cousin Emily, the author of the My Square Foot Garden ebooks, answer a few of these questions from our readers since she is a pro at helping beginning gardeners get started. Hello FSME readers! I’m exited to have the chance to answer some of your gardening questions! Just a little background on me—I’m a mom of two boys, and this is my fourth year of gardening. I’m not an expert, but I am determined to learn all I can and…
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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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