• Planting Zones

    What You Need to Do: Zone 5 Planting Schedule

    Planting Zone 5 If you’re a homesteader or gardener living in USDA Planting Zone 5, then your zone is known for its cold winters and moderate summers – key planning information when it comes to planting! To help make sure your garden thrives this season (and every season) we’ve created this guide just for you. We’ll walk through the characteristics of USDA Planting Zone 5, as well as provide month-by-month advice on what to plant, how to prepare soil beds and seedlings, and outline strategies for gardening success. So read on to learn more about this unique climate zone and…

  • Beginner Gardening - Organic Gardening

    Tomato Plant Spacing: How Far Apart to Plant Tomatoes

    Growing tomatoes is one of the most rewarding activities for homesteaders and gardeners, with their bright colors and delicious flavor adding an extra dose of creativity to any summer menu. When planting your tomato plants, it’s crucial to the health of the plants to have the correct spacing in between each one. By planting them too close together, you can run into a whole host of issues, like not getting enough sunlight or air circulation – leading to stunted growth and disease!  Don’t worry: learning how far apart to plant tomatoes is easier than you think! In this blog post…

  • Beekeeping for Beginners

    Beehive Paint:  What’s the Best Paint for Bee Hives and How to Paint Them

    Choosing the right type of paint for your beehive(s) is crucial. The paint needs to withstand extreme temperatures, moisture and other environmental conditions, while also being safe for the bees. It is important to note that paints all have different properties so it’s a good idea to examine if they’re compatible with beehives. In this blog post we’ll explore the best paint options available, how to prepare your hive before painting, and detailed steps on how to paint your beehive. This post is all about beehive paint. The Different Types of Paints for Beehives Let’s start by discussing the different…

  • Beginner Gardening

    A Beginner’s Guide to Zone 10 Planting Schedule

    This is a guide for beginners who want to grow their own food according to the zone 10 planting schedule. Learn about what plants will thrive, the best planting schedule, and how to maintain your garden throughout the year!   ***Note: Please continue to check back on this post periodically as there will be future updates coming.   An Overall Recap: Knowing Your Planting Zone is Essential Planting zones are an essential tool for any plant lover, as they allow gardeners to decide which plant varieties can successfully survive and thrive in their climate. They help you determine when your…

  • Organic Gardening

    How to Grow Basil from Supermarket Plant

    Growing from seed can be challenging. When I started growing a garden, we always bought our seedlings from local garden centers. We shopped around since each garden center may offer different types of plants. For example, big box stores like Home Depot, sell the most known plants. Little mom and pop garden centers may have varieties that aren’t widely sold. It’s a great way to learn about different varieties and try different types of plants that aren’t commonly sold. But did you know that you can grow basil from a supermarket plant? It’s another way to start out with a…

  • Organic Gardening

    7 Facts About Soil pH for Tomatoes and How to Raise and Lower It

    As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post contains affiliate links, which means I make a small commission at no extra cost to you. See my full disclosure here. I am in no way sponsored by any of the companies/products listed below and therefore have no bearing on the products I choose to review or recommend. Tomatoes are one of my favorite crops to grow and the one I’ve grown the longest. They’re an easy crop to start out with and a garden favorite to many. Soil pH is important not only for tomato plants to thrive,…