41 Cheats To Garden For (Almost) Free

Whether you wish to cultivate gorgeous flowers or the freshest fruits and vegetables, tending a garden is also an amazing tonic for the mind, body, and soul. But breaking into the gardening game can carry with it some pretty high upfront costs. Although you’ll need to obtain a wealth of tools and supplies to get things up and running, the upside is that once you’re… [read more]

4 Critters That Eat Mosquitoes & How To Attract Them To Your Garden

Ah, summertime. The weather is warm, the flowers are blooming and the barbeques and summer gatherings are in full swing. One unwelcome guest, however, the mosquito has this way of really turning a good outdoor party on its head. Besides creating a landscape that is repulsive to mosquitoes by using plants, citronella candles, and other homemade recipes to deter this blood-sucking pest, there is one… [read more]

6 Reasons To Make Compost Tea & How To Do It

If you are a gardener you have probably heard of something called compost tea. What you most certainly do know is that your crop, your harvest, will only be as healthy as the soil in which it is grown. Without attention to the soil, your produce will lack vitality and even nutrients. This is where compost comes into play. Adding organic matter back into your… [read more]

25 Unique Ways To Make Passive Income From Your Homestead

Many people chose to adopt the homesteading lifestyle to get away from the rat race. However, it’s often necessary to make money from an off-farm job that eats through your free time and leaves you so busy that the ‘homestead’ becomes little more than the place you sleep. For this reason, making a property pay for itself is a top priority for many homesteaders. The… [read more]

How To Grow An Abundant Supply Of Kale

Kale, a member of the brassica family and a cool season veggie, is one of my favorite greens. Not just because it looks so great in the garden and is easy to grow, but also because it is delicious, versatile, hardy and loaded with great nutrition. I put kale in smoothies, salads, soups and stews and also enjoy baked kale chips for a healthy snack.… [read more]

21 Best Ways To Keep Mosquitoes Away From You, Your Home & Garden

Ah, summertime, time for backyard parties, swimming, fishing, camping, hiking and all the joys that warm weather, family, and friends bring. Unfortunately, with summer also comes the all too familiar battle of man against the mosquito. Depending on where you live mosquitoes can be anything from an occasional nuisance to a full-blown enemy you have declared war upon. The good news is, there are a… [read more]

How To Grow Asparagus: The Delicious Vegetable That Grows Back Every Year

Growing asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) requires patience but boy, is the payoff worth it. Although it takes up to three years to really get going, this perennial plant will produce a bountiful harvest year after year for up to 30 years. In addition, the plant itself is quite attractive with a long feather-like top that turns a warm golden hue in the fall and makes a… [read more]

How To Grow Buckets Full Of Bell Peppers + Health Benefits & Recipes

There is nothing more beautiful than a basket full of homegrown bell peppers. I have been growing bell peppers in my garden for the last twenty years and have never been disappointed. There are many reasons to love bell peppers besides their beauty. For starters, they are really easy to grow, they are loaded with nutritional value and they taste amazing raw and cooked. If… [read more]

10 Beautiful Ways To Use Rose Petals 

As the enduring symbol of romance, the classic rose is one of the stateliest flowers to grace gardens today. But, these beautiful blooms are useful for so much more than looking pretty. It’s time to stop tossing your fading flowers in the trash once they begin to wilt. There are many clever ways to use rose petals to improve your health and add beauty to… [read more]

How To Grow Luffa For An Endless Supply Of Sponges

Luffa (sometimes spelt loofah or loofa), otherwise known as a ridge gourd, is a popular fruit to grow in the garden, but often not for food, but for making sponges. Much of the marketing of luffas, shows the sponge in a seaside setting, surrounded by pretty shells and the like, leading many to believe they’re some kind of “Sponge Bob,” or the remains of an… [read more]