How to Dry Black Currants in a Dehydrator

How to Dry Black Currants in a Dehydrator

Drying black currants is a great way to preserve this tart summer berry. Dried black currants can be used in sweet baking projects like scones or cookies, or they can be added to savory dishes like stuffing or rice. Drying black currants at home is 

How to Water your Garden Effectively

How to Water your Garden Effectively

What’s the best way to water your garden? When your garden needs moisture, you can tell – the soil will look dry, your plants will look droopy and “thirsty,” and everything will be growing a bit slower. But how do you know if you have 

How to Make a Cucumber Beetle Trap

How to Make a Cucumber Beetle Trap

These cucumber beetle traps are inspired by directions provided by Susan Mulvihill in The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook. Read our review of that book here; we highly recommend it as a resource for all of your vegetable garden pest questions. Here, we share our experience 

How (and Why) to Prune Tomato Plants

How (and Why) to Prune Tomato Plants

As a gardener who loves to keep things simple, I used to wonder, “Do I really need to prune our tomato plants?” I mean, even a messy garden with weeds and overgrown plants still seems to produce. But the truth of the matter is that 

Book Review: The Complete Guide to No-Dig Gardening

Book Review: The Complete Guide to No-Dig Gardening

We were provided with a review copy of The Complete Guide to No-Dig Gardening by Cool Springs Press / Quarto Publishing Group. We appreciate them sharing a copy so we could share with our readers. The Homesteaders’ Book Club recently selected Charlie Nardozzi’s new book 

How to Grow Onions: Three Ways

How to Grow Onions: Three Ways

Growing onions in your vegetable garden can sometimes be tricky. But with a few hints and a bit of practice, you can learn how to grow onions and successfully harvest and store almost a year’s worth of these flavorful bulbs! Onions can be grown from 

How to Prune Basil for Bigger & Longer Harvests

How to Prune Basil for Bigger & Longer Harvests

Pruning basil plants can increase growth significantly, leading to big bountiful basil bushes and a longer harvesting season. Learn how to prune basil the right way with these easy steps, and you’ll be eating pesto all winter! Why is Pruning Basil Important? Like many plants, 

How to Plant a Fall Garden

How to Plant a Fall Garden

A well-planned fall vegetable garden can keep your season going well into the cooler months. Depending on your location and the tools you use, your garden could last right up through December! The key to a successful fall garden is good planning. You need to 

How to Harvest & Freeze Green Beans

How to Harvest & Freeze Green Beans

Freezing green beans is a great way to extend your harvest over the winter! This article discussed how to freeze any type of bean (green, yellow, purple) of the “string” variety. In our garden, green beans are often one of the first veggies to produce 

How to Harvest, Store, & Cure Garlic

How to Harvest, Store, & Cure Garlic

Follow these simple steps to harvest, cure, and store your garlic and you’ll be enjoying it right through next spring (when you can plant whatever’s left for spring garlic!). In my humble opinion, garlic is one of the best things we grow.  It is easy