5 Ways a Roo Gardening Apron Makes Gardening Easier

The Roo Gardening Apron is a sturdy, hands free, go anywhere garden accessory to make your gardening life a little easier. From planting to weeding to harvest, this apron may become your new best friend in the garden.

I’m sure most of us who garden have wished for an extra set of hands at one time or another, or ended up carrying a load of produce in your shirt or misplacing a hand tool.  The Roo Gardening apron is a sturdy, hands free, go anywhere garden accessory to make your gardening life a little easier.  From planting to weeding to harvest, this apron may become your new best friend in the garden.  Let’s take a look! [Read more…]

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Natural Weed Control – 5 Non-Toxic Methods You Need to Know

Natural Weed Control - 5 Non-Toxic Methods You Need to Know - from crabgrass to dandelions, keep weeds managed in your yard and garden without poisons.

Natural weed control has become a hot topic in recent years as more people are realizing that chemical weed poisons can harm more than weeds.  (See “15 Health Problems Linked to Monsanto’s Roundup“.)  I’m not a weed hater – many weeds are edible and/or medicinal, or have other uses such as natural dye or cordage.  They can also be used to diagnose soil health, as many weeds thrive in disturbed and damaged soils.  They are part of nature’s repair crew. 

That said, I do manage my weeds so they don’t go completely bugnuts and take over the walkways and garden areas.  With a little observation and patience and a few simple tools, you can kill weeds naturally without poisons.  (“Killing naturally” sounds like an oxymoron, but death and life are part of the natural cycle.)  There are ways to virtually eliminate quackgrass, crabgrass and other problem weeds, and enjoy a tidy yard and lush garden without hours and hours of pulling and tilling. [Read more…]

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Homestead Permaculture Project – Site Overview

The Common Sense Homestead Permaculture Project - Part 1 - Site Overview, Our Homestead Permaculture Goals, Determining Permaculture Zones.Our homestead permaculture project officially began this spring. I’ve been nibbling at the edges of the idea for some some now, primarily since reading  Restoration Agriculture:  Real World Permaculture for Farmers

I’ve always liked the idea of working with nature instead of battling against it, and Mark Shephard’s comment (in Restoration Agriculture) that we really need to “stop trying to grow things that don’t want to grow and killing things that do want to grow” really struck a cord with me.  When we were stuck in limbo not knowing if we were going to have to sell this place or not because August couldn’t get a job closer to home (more on that on the About page), it didn’t make sense to invest in long term plantings.  [Read more…]

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6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden

6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden and Yard - From Pest and Disease Control to Companion Plantings, garlic is a "must have" for any organic garden.

This post is for the garlic lovers – or those who aren’t sure if they like garlic but do like to use natural and organic practices in their gardens.  It turns out that this fragrant bulb is good for more than just cooking, and can be a real helpmate around the yard and garden.  So – without further ado – 5 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden and Yard. [Read more…]

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The 5 Easiest Vegetables to Store

The 5 Easiest Vegetables to Store - These crops are so simple to store they should be a staple in every garden or "stock up" item from the farmers market.

In this post I’ll discuss the easiest vegetables to store and how to store them.  These crops have all moved onto my “must plant” list because they  require little or no processing and last reliably in storage for months.  I also have a quick video of our awesome new root cellar makeover.  August and the boys did a great job adding a ton of storage to the root cellar under our front porch. [Read more…]

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