How to Grow Strawberries in a Container

How to Grow Strawberries in a Container

Who doesn't love fresh strawberries in the Spring?  Ever wish you could grow your own?  Container gardening to the rescue!  Let me show you how to grow strawberries in a container! Strawberries represent that Springtime has arrived! Not only are strawberries delicious, but they supply Vitamin C, manganese,  folate, potassium and high levels of antioxidants. And don't forget about how fabulous strawberries are in pies, cakes, jams, jellies, smoothies and just raw! So, let's get to growing some strawberries in a container!     Are There Different Kinds of Strawberries? Strawberries come in two varieties: June-bearing - As the name indicates, these berries bear fruit in June.   June-bearing...

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how to get rid of japanese beatles organically

THE Natural Way to Finally Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles.  They come every year to destroy all of my beautiful fruit trees and garden, especially the roses.  I hate them, I'll bet you do as well.  Let's talk about "THE Natural Way to Finally Get Rid of Japanese Beetles ". The Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica, made it's way to the United States around 1916.  Currently, Japanese beetles are established from Maine to Georgia and every other state east of the Mississippi River.  The beetles are now being seen in parts of Kansas and are thought to be moving westward. Did you know that a Japanese Beetle will fly up to...

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13 Fast Growing Vegetables for Summer

13 Fastest Growing Vegetables at Home for Summer

Summer is such a great time to enjoy all of your favorite vegetables! Short on time, though? Need something quick and easy to grow?  Check out "13 Fastest Growing Vegetables at Home for Summer"! As our food-grid shows itself to be more unstable than anyone really wants to come to terms with, it's wise to start growing some of your own food at home! Increase your food security with these 13 fast growing vegetables, you can start harvesting in no time! 1. Radishes Radishes are one of the fastest growing and most versatile vegetable to incorporate into any meal! Although I love...

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Make Your Own Potato Grow Bag

Make Your Own Potato Grow Bag

Springtime means gardening and what's a garden without potatoes?  If you love fresh potatoes from the garden but don't care for all the digging involved, I've got your answer...let's take a look at "Make Your Own Potato Grow Bag"! Potatoes are a staple at our house!  We absolutely love potatoes and all of the wonderful ways they can be prepared!  Potatoes are also very nutritious, containing vitamins B6, C, potassium and fiber! Maybe you've grown potatoes in the past but got frustrated with all the digging, especially at harvest time.  Introducing, the Potato Grow Bag! Growing potatoes in bags is so easy! ...

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10 Ways to Improve Your Food Security

10 Ways to Improve Food Security for Your Family

There is little doubt that most Americans need to improve their family's food security, but just how is that done?  Let's take a look at some practical ways you can make sure your family always has enough food! Here's "10 Ways to Improve Food Security for Your Family"! For the last two years here in the states, we have seen unprecedented shortfalls in our food supply. In 2019, known as the year of NoPlant19, we saw record rain fall/flooding in the "Bread basket" states, disallowing farmers to be able to plant in the Spring.  Seeds that needed to be in the...

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Frugal Canning: Does Home Canning Really Save Money?

Frugal Canning: Does Canning Food Really Save You Money?

Canning and preserving food are skills that have been around for ages. But does canning food really save you money? The answer is yes...and no. Confused? Let's dig into this with "Frugal Canning: Does Canning Food Really Save You Money?" Long before what we know as "grocery stores" existed (Piggly Wiggly opened the first grocery store in 1916!), families were responsible for their own food supply. Folks grew large gardens every year, not as a hobby, but as a matter of survival! Every member of the family helped to maintain the garden, to insure the best harvest possible. Livestock such as chickens,...

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how to grow an easy container garden

How to Start an Easy Vegetable Container Garden

How would you like to grow an amazing vegetable garden this year?  Without a yard?  Yep!  Without gardening experience?  Yep, yep!  Whether you live in an apartment, suburb or aren't able to dig in your backyard, I am going to teach you "How to Start an Easy Vegetable Container Garden"! So, exactly what does that look like?  How does one start a vegetable garden from scratch?  What if you can't keep a house plant alive? I've been there...seriously. But if you're willing to learn and do a little work, you can absolutely have a successful garden this year!  The experience you get...

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How to Tap Maple Trees and Make Syrup

How to Tap Maple Trees and Make Syrup

After many years of procrastinating, I finally accomplished my goal to make my own maple syrup!  The whole process isn't difficult, I regret waiting so long!  I'm excited to share my experience with you about "How to Tap Maple Trees and Make Syrup"! First off, you're going to need a good-sized Sugar Maple tree, no less than 10" in diameter.  In my opinion, Sugar Maple trees are the best choice for syrup.  However, there are 27 trees that can be tapped for syrup! My Sugar Maple tree isn't large enough to tap, so I was grateful when a good friend allowed...

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Keeping Bees for Beginners

Keeping Bees for Beginners

Beekeeping is one of the most challenging, yet fulfilling hobbies I've ever taken on!  Are you thinking about beekeeping this year?  As a beekeeper for years now, let's chat about "Keeping Bees for Beginners". I've got some sage counsel for you, so let's dig in. Most of my life, I've been dreadfully afraid of bees.  Maybe you can relate. Yet, after moving to our 10-acre homestead, I began to notice an overall lack of bees, butterflies and other insects on our property.  Honestly, it was pretty weird. As a kid, I remember seeing all sorts of butterflies and insects!  What happened to...

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