Gardening

Garden Basics: Weeding 101

Weeding. I know, it seems mundane, but it's a skill that could mean the difference between a bumper crop and a failed crop in your survival garden. This is really one of those skills you learn best by doing. I can tell you everything I know, but you'll likely have a different set of weed… Read More

What If You Had To Grow Your Food Indoors?

So there I was, toiling away in garden #3, getting my tomato and pepper transplants tucked in, and my mind wandered a bit. It takes a LOT of ground to produce enough food to meet even modest food goals. I am usually thinking about the prices of vegetables versus the space they take in the… Read More

Tools for Food Production

So we all know where half the fruits and vegetables in the US are grown right? California. Currently experiencing some massive drought problems. You are growing some food this year right? I think you'll be better off if you have some closer and cheaper options for your weekly salads at least, and if some of… Read More

Gardening 101: Selecting varieties

One of the harder lessons to learn as a food grower is how to fit what you want, in the space and time you have. Let's explore a few of those variables today and discuss some of the reasons to choose a particular variety over another. I know I've mentioned this one before, Know your… Read More

Easier Gardening

Everybody loves food straight out of a garden. Especially when prices at the grocery store keep going up for quality that keeps going down. Everybody also loves it when the work to keep that garden producing doesn't take over every free afternoon. So let's talk, how do I keep my gardening as easy as possible… Read More

Start Your Food Garden, 101

You've got your piece of dirt picked out. Perhaps it's still covered in sod, or weeds? Spring is definitely sprung though, and if you're still dithering over what needs to happen and when, let's sort that out right here, so you can get things going! Start with the dirt! If there's sod, till it under… Read More

The Ups and Downs of Urban Farming

Urban farming is what I call my food growing style, hopefully me living in Iowa doesn't automatically exclude me from that title.  If the proper authorities are reading this post, you let me know. I grow food in my front lawn, I grow food in spare corners of church lots, I grow food in parks… Read More

Dirt Simple Seeds

I got a comment last week asking for some simple seed saving tips. Now, let me preface this with a warning, seed saving is one of those things that starts out really easy and then sucks you in as you try to master all of the subtleties.  So, I'm going to limit this post to… Read More

Transplanting Tips

If you're like me, you have some need to start garden plants indoors. Anything that needs a long growing season has to have a head start in order to have any chance of being productive in the short zone 4 summer here. Knowing how to start transplants, and keep them alive is a great skill… Read More

Gear Review: SOG F08-N Entrenching Tool

  "Well, THAT'S gotta be too good to be true." I thought. I was searching Amazon for a good Entrenching Tool, a small collapsible shovel, for my BOB/truck. I was really looking for a Glock E-Tool, but as I was scrolling through the results, this baby popped up for a mere $9 plus shipping. It… Read More

Know When to Plant Your Seeds

So you've got your survival cache of seeds. But there are 365 days in the year, are you sure you know which days are good for the seeds you have? There are some basic things you need to know about the seeds you want to plant. How cold tolerant are they? Those of you lucky… Read More

Avoiding Death By Garden – Take 2

Another point has come to my attention about the dangers you could face when growing your own food. Contaminated soil. It's more common than you might think, especially in urban areas. Heavy metals or chemicals or salination, there are some really difficult things that just sit in the ground and wait to surprise the unwitting… Read More

Organic Pest Control

A new gardener emailed asking about organic methods of slug control. He said he'd been seeing some success with the beer trap, but needed more. I thought I'd bring the rest of the readers in and we can all chat about our pest control methods. First, the Beer Trap he mentioned. This is a super… Read More