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How to Support Tomatoes: Stakes vs. Cages

How to Support Tomatoes: Stakes vs. Cages

We learned early on that supporting tomatoes is very necessary for all but a few varieties.  Without some form of support, your plant will sprawl out over the ground and likely catch diseases that will keep you from harvesting much fruit.  We also learned early […]

How to Plant a Tomato Seedling

How to Plant a Tomato Seedling

When planting a tomato seedling, there are a few things you can do to help ensure a that your tomato acclimates well to its new home. After all, you didn’t grow that baby from seed just to see it die when it hits your garden! […]

How to Make Yogurt in an Instant Pot

How to Make Yogurt in an Instant Pot

Homemade yogurt is delicious, nutritious, and a great step toward self-reliance. It also saves a lot on packaging waste! Did you know that you can use your Instant Pot to make an awesome batch of yogurt? We love this method because it is reliable, easy, […]

How to use the Sheet Mulch Method to Create a Garden Bed

How to use the Sheet Mulch Method to Create a Garden Bed

Sheet mulching is a permaculture practice for creating a garden bed that feeds your plants with nutrients and doesn’t require digging.  Instead, to sheet mulch you layer materials over the top of your soil to build a bed, beginning and ending with weed-discouraging ground cover. […]

How to Prepare Seedlings for Transplanting

How to Prepare Seedlings for Transplanting

Seedlings grown in indoors need a little bit of TLC before they are ready to be transplanted to their new garden home.  If you simply take a seedling from under a grow light and plant it in your garden, you may be very disappointed at […]

How to Grind your own Flour at Home

How to Grind your own Flour at Home

Making your own flour at home is a great option to save money, be more self-reliant, and add variety to your baked goods. Freshly ground flour adds unique textures and flavors to bread. You can also vary the texture of your ground flour to add […]

How to Clean & Cook Fiddleheads

How to Clean & Cook Fiddleheads

Fiddlehead ferns are a sure sign of spring in my adopted Vermont home. Ambitious foragers head out into the woods to find the perfect spot to harvest fiddleheads, then they sell them to local grocery stores and farm stands. Those those of us coming out […]

How to Build a Bean Teepee

How to Build a Bean Teepee

Bean teepees are a vertical gardening option for growing pole means. These bean towers are an awesome addition to your garden for many reasons.  First, they are a great example of vertical gardening – going up with your garden can help save space and allow you […]

How to Build a Covered Raised Bed

How to Build a Covered Raised Bed

There are a number of benefits to building a covered raised bed in your garden. It serves as a physical barrier to keep pests away (from rabbits to leek moths). It can extend your season by offering a shade cover. And it can keep your […]

How to Re-Use Old Potting Soil

How to Re-Use Old Potting Soil

Can you re-use old potting soil from empty planters? The short answer is yes. However, you’ll need to follow a few tips to ensure your new plants are happy and healthy. If you’re anything like us, things tend to get tossed in the shed at […]