Archive for the ‘Preparedness & Green Living’ Category

How to Avoid the Need for Insecticides

Consider: Insecticides kill bugs. Good bugs as well as bad bugs. Organic insecticides kill bugs. Good bugs and bad bugs. Insecticides should be avoided, and by all means when used, used properly. Here’s the thing. Some gardeners make the assumption that if an insecticide is organic, it is okay to use with abandon. It isn’t […]

July 19, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Preparedness & Green Living, Techniques & Issues  2 Comments

5 Great Reasons to Grow a Pixie Grape

Okay, so we know this Pixie Grape is still a wee plant, but we wanted to share info about it in case you want to get your hands on one as well. So use your imagination, and picture this: 1. This variety grows best in a container, even small ones. So, even if your garden […]

May 4, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Fruit, How to Grow, Preparedness & Green Living, Techniques & Issues, You Can Grow That!  No Comments

The Parsnips Experiment Conclusion

Part 1 Part 2 Here’s the recap: In the spring of 2013 we planted parsnip seeds in our Zone 5/6 garden. That fall, we harvested some of the roots and left others to overwinter. In the spring of 2014 we harvested some of those roots, and left a few to go to seed. Since we […]

April 12, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: How to Grow, Preparedness & Green Living, Root Veggies, The Experiments  No Comments

9 Ways to Teach Children About Food

Recently I was at the local grocery buying some fresh produce. Let me tell you, it was hard; but I needed to have fresh for a reason and everything at home is preserved right now. There was a young man checking me out, and he really wasn’t looking at what anything was, just at the […]

March 28, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Kids & Gardening, Preparedness & Green Living  No Comments

4 Easy Ways to Help the Bees

By now most people know that the bee population is declining and we need to act swiftly to stop and hopefully reverse it. But you might think there is little you can do personally to help. That’s not true, you really can make a difference. Here’s how: 1. Give them a home. Build a Mason […]

January 18, 2015  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Garden Projects, Keeping up with the Joneses, Preparedness & Green Living  One Comment

1 Thing You Can Do to Make Earth Day Even Better

What an interesting concept, Earth Day. And a wonderful opportunity to make a change. Being that you are here reading, you are most likely already a gardener. Good for you! If you are growing without the use of any pesticides, even better. Bugs don’t know the difference between organic and non, and pesticides don’t discriminate […]

April 22, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Preparedness & Green Living  No Comments

Save Money on Gardening – Even at the Last Minute

Sometimes patience pays, well, maybe it’s actually procrastination. Call it what you will, there are cases where putting off ordering your seeds, plants, and other gardening supplies can actually save you money. Some examples: Johnny’s Select Seeds is currently offering a free shipping discount. Ours came as a post card in the mail yesterday, but […]

April 15, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Preparedness & Green Living  No Comments

Curry – You Can Grow That!

It was about 3 years ago that I brought home a curry plant from the local nursery. My husband giggled “You can’t grow curry.” he said, “Curry is a combination of herbs and spices.” Of course it turned out he was right; after all, food is his field. Apparently what I had purchased was a […]

April 4, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Herbs, How to Grow, Preparedness & Green Living, You Can Grow That!  6 Comments

5 Wonderful Grains for Your Home Garden

Did you ever stop to wonder just how self-sufficient your garden could make you? Sure you can grow great veggies, even a good protein source through dry beans. But what about grains? Although technically these are not all grains, we are listing them because they are used that way: 1. Corn Most often thought of […]

March 4, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Drying-Roasting, How to Store, Preparedness & Green Living  3 Comments

7 Suggestions for Our Warmer Climate Friends During the Polar Vortex

So maybe the temperatures you are suffering through are the ones we would be happy to see, that’s not the point. We’re pretty much all having a nasty winter; but as North-easterners, there are a few things we’ve learned that might help you: 1. Expect it to happen again. This winter isn’t over, and the […]

January 31, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Preparedness & Green Living  No Comments