Tips for Growing Asparagus

Tips for Growing Asparagus

Asparagus is a perennial crop that is easy to grow and will continue to produce for up to 20 years! You can purchase year-old “crowns” from most nurseries. Asparagus plants can also be grown from seeds, but it can be rather difficult, so buying some “yearlings” is much easier. With very little maintenance, you can have a bed of asparagus producing in 2 to 3 years, then every year after that. It's an amazing crop! The best thing is, you can make your asparagus plot as small or as large as you want. Here are some tips on growing asparagus. Planting Asparagus Plant asparagus in the early spring when it is still cool out, but the soil can be worked. They prefer a bed with good drainage that is ... read more

31st Birthday Bash Giveaway!

31 Book Giveaway

It's my birthday and I'm ready to celebrate! What better way to do that than host a giveaway for my readers? Many of these books are written by friends of mine and I'm so tickled that they'll soon be on YOUR bookshelf (or your Kindle!). 31 books, to celebrate my 31st birthday. Giveaway ends July 31st! All books are digital unless otherwise noted. What you'll win: NOTE: I'm adding titles throughout the week and we WILL have 31 awesome books! You'll just have to be surprised by what's added as time goes on! Homesteading Books The Woodland Homestead by Brett MeLeod (HARD COPY!) Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard (HARD COPY!) Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) ... read more

Tips for Growing Green Beans

growing green beans

The great thing about green beans is, you don't have to have a green thumb to be able to grow them. They are easy to grow, fairly hardy, and just about fool-proof! Just give them plenty of room, water, and sunlight and you're off to a great start. Here are some tips for growing green beans. Pole Beans vs Bush Beans Before choosing a type of green bean to plant, you'll have to decide on whether you want pole beans or bush beans. This will depend on a few things; the amount of space you have available, how many beans you want to harvest, and what resources you have at your disposal. Pole beans produce a lot of beans in a small amount of space, but will need a pole, fence, or trellis to ... read more

Make Your Own Kitchen Mixes

homemade food mixes

Over the past few years, I've been switching many of my favorite kitchen ingredients to homemade kitchen mixes and more natural ingredients. Any time we can avoid processed foods, it's better for us. But, I also want it to be as simple, easy and convenient as possible. Mixing Your Own Spice Blends from Food Renegade We eat a lot of Mexican dishes so naturally, a homemade taco seasoning mix makes sense for us. You can mix it as needed or you can mix a large batch ahead of time to last through several meals. Homemade Coffee Creamers from Mom Prepares There are some really good coffee creamer recipes for every taste that we can make at home and skip the dairy case. Flavored or ... read more