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We are doing some things to prepare our zone 6 garden here in the midwest. The soil is workable and we are starting some seeds.

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I have to admit I am a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ gardener. I’m not one to test the ph of the soil, and research various organic gardening methods.  The words ‘hydroponics’ and ‘raised beds’ mean nothing to me. Till the ground, add some seeds, pick the weeds, make sure there is water and sunshine…that’s about the extent of my gardening strategy.

I’m sure there are much better ways to do things, but this formula has produced a pretty great harvest for the past several years. The only times my garden performed poorly was the years I just simply neglected it. (As in last year when I was pregnant and deathly afraid of toxoplasmosis ridden cat poop. More on that saga here-

As a general rule, greens and root vegetables can go in the ground earlier than tomatoes, peppers, basil and flowers. Some plants can handle a little frost, and some will shrivel and die with the mention of it. This info is usually on the back of seed packets.

Preparing the soil
This year we had a whole box full of seeds, some that were leftover from last year and some that people gave us.

I divided the seeds into three categories:
1. Seeds to start indoors in March.
2. Ones that can go straight into the ground in early spring
3. Those that do better going straight in the ground later in the season.

Start Seeds Indoors in March
The seeds in this category are ones that need a longer growing season, but lots of warm weather and sunshine. They can’t go in the ground in March, but they need to get started that early for a timely harvest. For us, these are tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, basil, sunflowers, zinnias and cosmos.

This year we just repurposed some egg cartons for seed starting. I used an organic seed starting mix.

The key to getting seeds to sprout is lots of moisture and sunshine. If the seeds aren’t watered a couple times a day they won’t sprout. I like to use a spray bottle for this, so they don’t get oversaturated.

A south facing window is best for light. We picked up a little greenhouse for seed starting this year. This way the seeds stay warm and get plenty of good outdoor sunshine. We will probably have to bring the seedlings indoors on super cold March nights.

By time it is time for the seedlings to go in the ground, the paper cartons should pull apart easily from being watered so often. I plan to put the directly in the ground, so I don’t have to disturb the roots.

Plant When the Soil is Workable
I consulted the back of my seed packets to find out which ones can be planted as soon as the soil is workable. In the midwest, that is right now!

Greens, like spinach, kale, lettuce and arugula, prefer cooler weather. Right now is a perfect time to get those going.

Also, root veggies, like carrots, beets and radishes prefer to grow in cooler temps.

Potatoes also like a cooler soil. In our area, the typical rule of thumb is to plant potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day…

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Check out this handy resource from Urban Farmer to get the planting schedule for your zone:

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7 Tips for growing a Beautiful Cut Flower Garden-
How to Make Homemade Fermented Pickles-
Homemade Sauerkraut (Great for all those fresh heads of cabbage!)-

I can’t wait to update you all in several months with a full grown garden tour. 

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The Permaculture Food Forest has made huge strides the last 5 years. Every investment has been worth it and using natural farming techniques learned from Masanobu Fukuoka, and Permaculture techniques learned from people like Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton have truly payed off. Also Back To Eden techniques, common organic gardening techniques, and other gardening styles have helped to blend and shape this garden into its own ecosystem.




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If your space is limited and you’re looking for ways to increase the amount you can grow, then vertical gardening could be the perfect solution for you.

With a little careful planning you can create your garden so plants that are happy to grow vertically still produce an abundant harvest whilst using a fraction of the ground space.

In this video we discuss the many different types of plants which can be grown vertically and demonstrate some simple structures you can easily build yourself to provide the support these plants will need.

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Shykh Seraj is the proponent of the concept of roof gardening back in the 80s on the television media. It has now become so popular that urban and semi-urban citizens of the country are now striving to make the best out of it.

By turning a rooftop into productive growing space we combat the issues of climate change while providing fresh food. Rooftop farms come in two main forms: open-air and greenhouse – each with its own unique advantages.

Roof farms benefit the community in many ways.

A roof farm can lower the temperature of roofs and the surrounding air…

CO2 & Air Quality…

By reducing a building’s energy usage roof farms can reduce carbon emissions. Furthermore, city-produced food can decrease the energy required for transporting food to eaters, and add carbon breathing plants to the city landscape.

Increase access to fresh, healthy food…

Roof farming increases urban density by making use of a previously unused space. By adding green space in an urban area, we can increase biodiversity and provide habitat for a diversity of insects and birds.

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It’s late October, but there’s still a lot to harvest from our zone 5 garden. Please join me for a walk around the garden as I gather today’s harvest.

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0:15 Flamingo Beans
2:20 Malabar Spinach
4:02 Paris Market Carrots
4:58 Tokyo Market Turnips
6:04 Straight 8 Cucumbers
7:06 Honey Drop Tomatoes
7:41 Trionfo Violetto and Kentucky Pole Beans
7:54 Blue Berries Tomatoes
8:03 Black Cherry Tomatoes
8:34 Sweet Million Tomatoes
8:44 Marvel of Venice Beans
9:19 Diamond Bell Pepper
9:24 Jimmy Nardello Pepper
9:29 Orange Sun Bell Pepper
9:36 Cayenne Pepper
9:44 Chocolate Bell Pepper
10:13 Japanese White Egg Eggplant
10:27 Black Beauty Eggplant
10:38 Sweet Potato Leaves
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I’m passionate about an approach to organic gardening that is frugal, easy, sustainable, and works with nature to achieve amazing results. My videos will help you grow more healthy organic fruits and vegetables, while working less and saving money. I don’t push gardening products. I don’t hype bogus “garden secrets”. I provide evidence based strategies to help you grow a lot of food on a little land without spending much or working harder than you have to!

To prevent transplant shock when planting in the garden or food forest, their are a few important tips to consider. Organic gardening with wood chips can make things a lot easier for you, but without these few tips the wood chips can be working against you rather then for you. The food forest is covered in a thick wood chip mulch, similar to the back to eden method, which allows me to plug annuals into the garden wherever there is enough light and space.




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Start your raised bed garden by converting your existing lawn area to a raised bed. We go thru all the steps from installing the beds, protecting it from critters and adding cardboard and raised bed mix. Whether you are a beginner looking to start a garden or just looking to convert your back yard to a raised bed garden, this video will help you achieve your goals.

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