Outdoors + Gardening

Homestead gardens are usually grown as either a self–sufficient lifestyle choice or a market garden where excess produce can be sold or bartered. Check out our gardening tips for your homesteading adventure.

3 Easy Ways to Extend Your Vegetable Growing Season

3 Easy Ways to Extend Your Vegetable Growing Season

Looking to extend your vegetable growing season? If you live in an area with distinct seasons, there are natural limitations to when you can grow vegetables outdoors. In the spring, you have to wait until the threat of frost has passed and soil temperatures reach acceptable levels. Then, before you know it, shorter days and cooler temps will return to signal the end of your outdoor growing season.  Of course, it’s difficult to fight Mother Nature - especially if you hope to win. However, if youlearn to work within the boundaries she sets, you can find successful ways to extend your vegetable growing season.  Here are Three Easy Ways to Extend Your Vegetable Growing Season While you can’t prevent late spring frosts or early blasts of winter, you can mitigate much of the damage caused by these natural events. You simply have to be prepared to provide adequate ...

Grow More by Setting Vegetable Gardening Goals

Grow More by Setting Vegetable Gardening Goals

Have you ever stopped to think about your vegetable gardening goals? If you’re like many gardeners, you may find your main motivation is simply to get outside and reconnect with nature by digging in the dirt. You may also enjoy gardening as a way to squeeze more physical activity into an otherwise hectic schedule. After 2020, many of us feel the need to make sure that our family’s food supply is more secure. Whatever your motivation, growing a vegetable garden is a very relaxing way to accomplish these goals. A sense of personal satisfaction and better overall health are admirable and worthwhile objectives on their own. However, if you dig a little deeper you may find you have a number of other goals for your vegetable garden. If you ...

4 Easy-to-Grow Culinary Herbs Ideal for Small Spaces

4 Easy-to-Grow Culinary Herbs Ideal for Small Spaces

Fresh culinary herbs are a great way to bring the flavors of your dishes to life. Unfortunately, they can be expensive to buy at the grocery store and they aren’t always in season. Although you can use their dried counterparts in your favorite recipes, they just don’t deliver the same flavor profile. Fortunately, you can enjoy fresh herb flavor all year long and you don’t need a ton of space to do it. If full-scale gardening isn’t your thing or if space is at a premium in your garden, you’ll want to get the most bang for your buck from your plant choices. Not only do you want to select herbs that are easy to grow, you’ll also want to select versatile options that pair well with a diverse ...

Deciding When To Plant Vegetables In Your Area

Deciding When To Plant Vegetables In Your Area

Figuring out when to plant vegetables in your area requires a little detective work. In addition to your geographic location, you’ll need to consider a few other variables, as well. For example, the type of vegetables you plan to grow and how you intend to plant them (seedlings, transplants or seeds) will factor into when you should get your crops in the ground, as well. When To Plant Vegetables In Your Area If you live in an area with distinct seasons, your vegetable growing season will fall loosely between your anticipated frost-free date in the spring and the first hard frost in the fall. Unless you have a crystal ball, it is next to impossible to predict these dates with absolute certainty. Fortunately, there are some valuable online resources you can ...