Before you go and grab a can of insecticide to kill those pesky yellow jackets have you considered the fact that they eat aphids, flies, caterpillars and grasshoppers? In many ways they are beneficial. Their omnivorous nature lends itself well to eating the soft bodied structure of the dreaded aphid for example. They also help to sanitize outdoor animal processing stations, eat rotting fruit and they help take care of carrion in general. Yellow jackets are amazing beneficial insects if you can stand them!
Have you ever thought of growing your own clothes? Now is your opportunity. Plant flax, the right kind of course, in your garden now and learn to harvest it and process it later in the season. Flax fiber becomes linen once it is spun. Once you have the linen thread/yarn you can knit with it or weave it into cloth. Learn the details of what variety of seeds to use and how to plant them.
Tips for choosing soil for raised garden beds; decreasing the amount of soil you need to buy or dig up; and keeping soil healthy.
For the cost of plexiglass and an aquarium pump, we created an eco-friendly, aquaponics system out of a rain barrel that will provide our family with fish and greens for months to come, all from the comfort of our laundry room.
Miner’s lettuce is easy to grow, tastes great and is adapted to our region of Northern California.
Even if you live where the winters are cold, you can grow fresh citrus of your own with miniature fruit trees.
Starting seedlings indoors and then transplanting them outside gives you a jump-start on your growing seasons. It can be a tricky process though and plants can die. Here's how to do it correctly.