As Winter works its way through, the thought of starting seeds is on our minds. Whether you start seeds inside under grow lights or in a greenhouse with natural light, it's time to think about the seed-starting soil mix you will use. Having a light soil mix is essential. You want to avoid a heavy… Continue reading Make Your Own Seed Starting Mix
On our homestead, we are herb-friendly. In a legal state, that sounds like pro-cannabis, but what I mean is we grow many herb plants. Both medicinal and culinary, nearly all herbs are pollinator-friendly as well. Grow zone 8b allows us to grow both annual (yearly) and perennial (comes back yearly) easily. There aren't many varieties… Continue reading My Favorite Herbs For Grow Zone 8b
Here's a great produce question: Have you ever cut into a bell pepper, only to find a baby bell pepper inside, often covered in seeds? Or weird stalagmite growths inside that look like they might someday be a pepper? This is called Internal Proliferation, and is naturally occurring. The little pepper inside the bell pepper is… Continue reading Why Do Bell Peppers Have Babies Inside?
One of the best parts of gardening is how it shifts over the years. I've done basic gardening, I've run an urban farm, built a homestead garden out of raw land, and I have grown a lot of plants. For both us and to sell, trade, and to give away. I used to grow hundreds… Continue reading A Seedling Became A Tree
Talking about Fall on June 10th seems almost mean. But if you don't get to it now, you won't be prepared for an extended growing season. Start planning, as the go time for a fall season is the end of July for those in grow zones 7-8 to have seeds sowed and plants going in… Continue reading Prepping Your Fall Garden In July