Archive for the ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ Category

A Perennial Food Garden

There’s an old joke that the older you get, the farther away the ground gets. It’s funny, but it’s also basically true. Our largest part of the garden is by the road, which also seems to be getting farther away. The beds are raised, but only slightly. So we decided to make that part the […]


May 21, 2016 · gj · 2 Comments
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Easy Raised Beds

You can build a raised bed pert near anywhere. All you need is the right sun requirements for what you want to grow, and materials for the bed that will hold the soil. If the area you choose is on an incline, make sure you keep your bed level. Otherwise, after a rain you will […]

April 15, 2016 · gj · 7 Comments
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Veggie Conversation Starters – You Can Grow That!

Whether it’s in your garden or at the table, they are so many different varieties of everyday veggies that you are bound to get them talking; if only to say “You can grow that?” Let’s look at cauliflower as an example. So many kids, and adults as well, shy away from this healthy veggie. But […]

April 4, 2016 · gj · 2 Comments
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The Big Bug Hunt

Because I am obsessed with gardening, my husband says “possessed”, I often come across sites that not everyone will find. That was the case this morning when I opened an email from Mother Earth News. I will admit I don’t always open their emails, but this particular one was on planning  a garden and if […]

January 9, 2016 · gj · 2 Comments
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11 Edibles to Grow in a Survivalist Garden

You might look at your garden differently if your very existence depended on it. Of course you would consider balanced nutrition, but you also might look at storage ability and depending on where you live, even growing edibles in disguise. Here are a few foods to consider if you want to rely more on your […]

January 9, 2016 · gj · No Comments
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Toxic Waste

This guest post was printed with permission by the author Cheryl Pendleton Knepper, aka The Intrepid Gardener Years ago when we first moved to Arkansas, I really, really wanted to start a garden, but sadly the soil here is made of lots of clay (lots). That combined with no knowledge of growing in the extreme […]

January 3, 2016 · gj · No Comments
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The Never Ending Garden

Gardening doesn’t end just because the weather turns cold, it just changes. You needn’t suffer withdrawal, you only need to think outside the raised bed. 1. Grow food from scraps even indoors. Our take on it. 2. Set up a seed starting system, even a small one. Here’s a link to keeping it on the […]

December 17, 2015 · gj · One Comment
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6 Ways to Make Your Life Better in 2016

We’re down to the final two weeks of the year and although this is a little off-topic, I wanted to post it in hopes that it might make the next year better for you. 1. Make a To-Day list. Keeping a daily list of what you want to accomplish is one of the common habits […]

December 13, 2015 · gj · 2 Comments
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El Nino and the Record Breaking Winter

Here in the northern part of the U. S. we have been experiencing some of the warmest winter weather in history. Today, as an example, the high temperature of 59F is 24 degrees warmer than the historical average of 35F. Not that I’m complaining mind you. Soon the days will be getting longer again. Add […]

December 12, 2015 · gj · 2 Comments
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About Culling Chickens

If you have ever heard anyone use the term cull, as in culling a flock of chickens, or cull a chick, it means basically to separate the desirable from the undesirable. In the chicken industry this can mean removing the male chicks. Often they are killed, but some small chick producing companies like MyPetChicken try […]

October 30, 2015 · gj · 6 Comments
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