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How To Build A Self-Sufficient Life: Steps for Going Off the Grid

How To Build A Self-Sufficient Life: Steps for Going Off the Grid

Welcome to the journey of a lifetime, one where you’ll transform your home into a fortress of independence and sustainability. Imagine a life where you’re the master of your domain, not just metaphorically, but literally – growing your own food, harnessing natural energy, and becoming a wizard of waste management. It’s a path that will challenge you, surprise you, and reward you in ways you never imagined to be possible. This blog post is your roadmap to building a self-sustaining life at home, a guide filled with practical tips, a touch of humor (because nobody wants to read bland and boring guides), and the occasional reality check. Whether you’re looking to lessen your reliance on public services or just craving a more meaningful connection with your daily life, you’re in the right place.… Read Full Post
4 Edible Plants You Can Grow At Home

4 Edible Plants You Can Grow At Home

Homeowners don’t require big yards to grow nutritious and edible plants, which is good news if you live in an apartment or a smaller home. Apart from beautifying your home, these plants can provide you with fresh food on hand, saving you money on grocery shopping. No matter your expertise, you can grow these simple edible plants to make your garden complete. Onions Image credit  Onions belong to the Allium class; these plants grow bulb-type roots. You can eat both the bulb and green onion leaves. Consider visiting local garden shops to buy the tiny dried onions or sets. Plant them in nutrient-rich soil, water them, and watch them bloom into big onions. The best time to harvest onions is when their tops start turning brown, so feel free to consider this.… Read Full Post

All The Bother Your Trees Can Bring In The Latter Half Of The Year

Fall is well and truly here and it’s not going to be too long before winter comes after it, as well. For some of us, the color of the leaves are starting to change, and the trees are a lot busier this time of year. As much as it can be lovely to watch them in their time of change, they can also bring a lot more work with them, as well. Here, we’re going to look at the issues that can come with your trees, and your different options to ensure that you give them and the garden the care they need. Credit – CC0 License Dealing with those leaves The first and most obvious change is that your trees are going to be losing their leaves and, left to sit, this can create quite the mess in the garden, indeed, not to mention harboring all manner of pests.… Read Full Post
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, Why Won’t Your Vegetable Garden Grow?

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, Why Won’t Your Vegetable Garden Grow?

Health and sustainability benefits alone have meant that more of us than ever are currently in the market for growing our own veg. As well as potentially saving you a small fortune in rising vegetable costs, this life choice can see you serving tastier food, and significantly reducing your carbon footprint in the process. All of that said, edible gardening isn’t a walk in the park. Before it’s well established, an edible garden does require a fair amount of work to get going. Not to mention that many of us spend as much as $200+ to establish and oversee a large-scale growing operation. This is time well spent and money that you can very quickly make back if your growth goes according to plan.… Read Full Post
What Gardening Can Teach Your Kids

What Gardening Can Teach Your Kids

As a parent, it’s your responsibility to raise your children with a strong set of morals and values. You want them to be able to grow up and be successful, happy adults.  One way you can instill important life values in your children is through gardening together. Teaching your kids how to garden can expose them to essential life skills that they may have otherwise just taken for granted. Let’s look at some of the benefits of gardening to children. 1) Scarcity In today’s world, kids are used to having everything they could ever want. Food is plentiful, water is easy to come by, and there is an abundance of toys and material goods to go around. But as soon as they step into the garden, they quickly realize that not everything is always going to be handed to them.… Read Full Post
Planting Garlic

Planting Garlic

Planting garlic is something we took on for the first time last year and when you see how our garlic bed has grown it will tell you how much we enjoyed it! It is easily five times the size as it was last year and this was me showing some restraint. So, how do you plant garlic? Its super easy and a great project to do with kids (because you can’t screw it up!). Where to plant garlic Garlic is best planted in a very sunny location. Because it is so carefree, you can tuck it in just about anywhere and don’t have to worry about access to water. Last year I chose this tiny space between our asparagus and raspberries.… Read Full Post
Planning an Edible Garden? 3 Things to Consider

Planning an Edible Garden? 3 Things to Consider

Usually, there’s a great joy to gardening, and for most people who engage in it as a leisure activity, that is the driving force. But have you considered planning for an edible garden and not the usual ornamental types? In the last few years, food gardening has made a huge comeback and explains why 1 in 3 households in America are involved in it. Not only does it beautify your landscape, but it also gives you and your household a tasty harvest.  Now the big question is, do you know how to kick-start ‘edible gardening’? This article will give you an idea of what to do. 1. Find the right location Image Credit  Settling on the right spot for an edible garden must be a prime concern for you.… Read Full Post
What You Should Know About Bumblebees

What You Should Know About Bumblebees

What comes to mind whenever you hear of the term Bumblebee?  Please don’t let it be the recent Cybertron and Optimus movie… Well, bumblebees are large fuzzy insects with short, and stubby wings. They are more active than honeybees but do not produce as much honey. Interestingly, plants would not grow without bumblebees as they are vital in the pollination process. Bumblebees’ wings spin at about 230 beats per second. The beating, coupled with their large bodies, vibrates flowers causing them to release pollen grains. There are so many things you should know about bumblebees. Habitation Among the places you’ll find bumblebees include the midwest states and in most parts of New England. Their migration patterns are however dictated by the queen.… Read Full Post
Where to Save, and Spend, in Your Urban Edible Garden

Where to Save, and Spend, in Your Urban Edible Garden

To grow an urban, edible garden is genuinely an art. Unfortunately, just like art, it can end up costing you quite a bit of money. The good news is that by knowing where to splurge and where to save, you will have enough in your budget to get the best results and the most delicious fruit and vegetables. Read on for some advice.  Save on pots  Plant pots can be surprisingly expensive, especially when you have to buy a lot of them. Fortunately, there are some ways to save on the urban, edible garden cost.  The first is to make your own. Don’t worry, I’m not talking about whipping up those concrete things you’ve seen on Pintrest. Instead, all you need is some scrap newspaper and a special tool.… Read Full Post
3 Sure Fire Ways To Make Your Garden More Sustainable

3 Sure Fire Ways To Make Your Garden More Sustainable

If you are an avid gardener, the chances are that you are also a bit of an eco-warrior. However, it can be challenging to create a bountiful garden full of flora and fauna without some pesticide usage to manage pests or without utilizing plenty of water during long hot summers. If you are keen to make your garden more eco-friendly, you need to look at recycling materials, reusing items, and reducing your wastage. Take a look at these 3 sure fire ways to make your garden more sustainable. Go Organic Organic food has seen a surge in popularity recently, as people are more keen than ever to know what exactly goes into the food and meals. Going organic can be challenging if you are used to using manmade fertilizer to encourage rapid growth for your tomatoes, butternut squash, and brassicas.… Read Full Post

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