Growing along my front porch, a Virginia creeper rises up from the ground 10 feet below. It twists around 6×6-inch porch support, and once reaching the railing, branches are trained left and right to provide the south-facing porch deck some protective shade during the summer.
Containers can be tricky. They’re invaluable for those who don’t have garden space or whose soil is extremely poor. Even if you have space, there are areas where the soil is so poor or laden with heavy metals from historic mining or industrial use that you wouldn’t want to eat anything grown in it. Containers are the way to go in either situation.
Natural environments evolve effortlessly, so why oh why do we have problem areas in our gardens? Everywhere else on earth, these areas are simply places for something different to colonize. By identifying different microclimates in our gardens, we can turn these challenging areas into assets. Even better, we can increase the range of plants that will grow in our yards.
Vegetable gardening is a tremendously rewarding endeavor for multitudes of people. Not only is it very therapeutic, but much satisfaction is derived from planting, cultivating, harvesting, and ultimately consuming vegetables grown with personal labor of love.
Despite an above-average snowfall during the past winter, the spring was very dry. By the middle of May, New England was already having temperatures in the high 80s, and we were in drought by the start of June.
You don’t have to live in the country to reap a bounty of vegetables. Growing things in your backyard isn’t that hard, and anyone can have a productive vegetable garden if they follow a few rules. Growing your own vegetable garden is both a relaxing and rewarding experience.
For thousands of years, man has treated sickness and pain by using the healing properties of certain plants. These healing plants were the only available resource that helped mankind survive when battling ill health, and without them, we wouldn’t be here today.
In the United States, some native fruits didn’t make the cut, and you can’t find them on grocery shelves, although these are just as good, or even better than the regular items you can buy in the fruit section. The native fruits presented in this article should be found on every homestead because they do not require special care, they can provide abundant produce, and they are part of our legacy, one that shouldn’t be forgotten.
Some of the best lessons for survival come from people who have lived close to the edge of existence for many years. The first pioneers are a good example. Many of these pioneers arrived in the country penniless. Few, however, arrived seedless.
It’s time you join the intensive gardening revolution. This revolution is in your backyard. Gardening is undergoing a radical change, a food production revolution no survivalist can afford to ignore. This “new” method goes by the general name of intensive gardening or the foot gardening method.
Almost all of the survivors who have made it through a collapsed economy ordeal in the inner city have mastered two basic skills. These two skills are foraging (to the maximum extent permitted by law and beyond) and inner city gardening.
There are plenty of good reasons for gardeners to try composting, but above all, it provides a natural alternative to enrich the soil without using chemical-based fertilizers and damaging the environment. Making compost doesn’t need to be hard work and it costs you almost nothing. Here are my suggestions and things I’ve learned after years of composting.
There are a multitude of important skills one may need to bring to the table when SHTF. While many are “top-list” and cliché, I fear that a few important abilities have been discarded or perhaps subconsciously abandoned. There were others, however, that disappeared for more shady reasons. Such as today’s topic: The knowledge of medicinal plants in the home garden.