Each year at the start of planting season, I come to my senses and order only a few packets of things that I know will actually grow in my garden. This begins my annual process of starting a complete garden from little dry specks called seeds. Although seed catalogs can be pretty exciting and I want to grow everything I see, I need to be practical. Here are my personal priorities for buying and starting vegetable seedlings.
Planting for abundance without over-producing can be tricky. Here’s a brief overview on how to estimate yields and planting area for crops in your home vegetable garden based off of the unique needs of your household.
A list of my 2016 vegetable catalogs that carry heirloom varieties, along with the veggies I chose for this year.
A review of popular seed catalogs and recommendations for seeds to start a medium-sized homestead garden.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and pregnant Pennsylvania mama Michelle (Congrats, Michelle!) shares her plans for planting a baby food garden, including her entire seed order.
Homegrown.org blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel of Dog Island Farm shares tips for deciding which seeds to order — in other words, which vegetable varieties to grow.
Four questions I ask of new varieties, before ordering seeds.
The world of organic seed, delusional hope and insomniac online shopping collide.
The quiet low of January has broken, the promise of spring and its seedy optimism is evident in the pile of seed catalogs at my bedside.
Reading between the lines of the seed catalog variety descriptions is a science and an art. How not to get carried away by all the positive exclamations and miss some basic fact that would tell you this variety is not for your farm? This post provides tips.
Start your own mushroom garden using hardwood logs. It's so easy, a beginning homesteader can do it!
It wasn't many months ago the seed catalog for this year showed up, but at that point I had just, just, managed to finish off the garden season, slightly traumatized from all the work. To receive a catalog then seemed mostly like an ill-conceived joke, a way to rub it in; don't think you can relax too much.
Sorting through seed catalogs is one of the most entertaining tasks we have here at MOTHER EARTH NEWS. These garden seed catalogs come in handy when searching for just the right variety of heirloom veggies to grow, and they're fun to look at too!
Protecting the fig tree for the winter felt like putting it to bed for a long sleep. Chopping wood with the Chopper 1 is a thing of joy and beauty and that's no joke. Do it yourself corn bin helped our neighbor keep the racoons out.
Try BOGS gardening clogs, a super-comfortable pair of gardening shoes that will stand up to tough wear.
Salvaging logs is always a challenge-- but finding buried treasure in it always makes it worthwhile. This salvage job came after the land had been cleared by the owner, and the best lumber pick over buy a logger.
Top bar hive modifications, turkey traps, and gourmet potatoes are just a few of the topics covered in the past week of blogging we've been up to. Homesteading healthcare and a new virtual book club round off the week with several reader comments.
Here is a description of some of the pruning tools and techniques for pruning trees for future sawlogs.
How to work with a sawyer when cutting your lumber
Highlights from the catalog of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, by the editor in chief of Mother Earth News.
A "how to" for building a hoop-style greenhouse using PVC pipe and plastic sheeting.
Receiving seed catalogs and dreaming of warmer weather and growing a garden.
Adzes and broad axes have been used for centuries in log cabin building. Learn a bit about what these tools do and how to use them.
Settling on a flooring option for the tipi was pretty simple after coming across an awesome company that was right under my nose the whole time.
Practical use of a wood mill on the homestead. The benefit of cutting your own lumber.
A few things for a tipi dweller to consider in finding the (kind of) perfect property to call home (for a bit).
The virtues and wisdom of having some projects done by professionals -vs- rather than attempting them yourself. While many can and do their own installation, occasionally it is better to have professionals do the job.
New wood stove, another unexpected advantage of downsizing, and Murphy's Law.
Wild flowers in bloom in high country meadows. Wild iris in profusion.
Carpenter ants: an alternative to chemical treatment. Living within the environment and not attempting to destroy or change it.
Wild strawberries are a tasty treat.
Tree stumps, reminders of special moments and birds contribution to life.
Being prepared for canine emergencies.
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
Pack Rats, cute, tricky and destructive
Sometimes you have your plans changed for you, so don't put off tomorrow what can be done today.
Gardening challenges at high elevation.
Homesteading with wild animals and how to cope with their antics.
If you have questions on how we accomplished our dream - ask us maybe our experience will help you. We welcome questions on how life is in the high mountains of S. Colorado. Please visit our personal blog for more information on us.
Recipes for satisfying gluten-free breakfasts.
Restoring a heritage log cabin is not something to embark on on a whim, but it can be one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do.
Reuse old seed catalogs and recycle lumber scraps while creating one of a kind designer home decor.
Using horses rather than tractors may turn out to be the greenest way to farm.
Yes, it's possible to harvest trees from your own property to build a timber-frame structure. But here are a few things to consider before you decide to go ahead.
Sauté mushrooms in some butter for a quick and tasty treat.
Growing mushrooms can be easy if you get expert advice and stay on top of your mushroom log's needs.
Try doing something different this winter by growing mushrooms. It's entertaining, and it provides you with an edible treat!
We have developed two customized search engines that make it easier to locate companies that offer specific varieties of seeds and plants, as well as organic garden products and tools.