How to Keep Your Seed Stash Organized

Today I am sharing with you how to keep your seed stash organized. It took me many years to finally find this system that actually works! I forget who shared this idea, but I know I first saw it on Instagram. By the way, if you are a homesteader, and you are not on Instagram, you really should be! There is a huge homesteading community there, and I have learned so much from all those fine folks. If you are on there, please look me up, I’d love to have you follow me here . I post much more often on Instagram, and on Facebook here , just because it’s so much easier to do when I am on the go and don’t have time to write up a blog post, edit photos and then upload them and put it all together. ANYWAY. Back to getting the seed stash organized! See my other Homesteading and Gardening Holiday Gift Ideas! Photo Storage Boxes to Organize your Seed Stash How simple is this?!?!? And why did we all not think of this ourselves? Some genius out there realized how perfectly photo storage boxes work for seeds. It’s like they were made to store seeds! They fit just right, snap closed, you can see through them so you know what is in each. It’s perfect really. And simple! Genius. My bags and boxes and bins of seeds are finally all neat and tidy.   Different Ways to Sort Your Seed Collection Yes, I have 3 cases of photo boxes for these 3 different categories. With just a few spare boxes in each case. Depending on your seed stash, you may need more or less. If you are like me though, go big! You will always…

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The Easiest Way to Preserve Beans

Beans are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. There are two types of beans you can grow: fresh green beans and dry shelling beans. I find that the easy way to preserve green beans, is by freezing them. Freezing them, also maintains some of that crisp texture and fresh flavor, that gets lost when canning them. Dry Shelling Beans are even easier to preserve, just dry them! Fresh Green Beans vs Dry Shelling Beans Just to be clear, when I say green beans, I am talking about string beans vs dry beans. Varieties of string beans that I am talking about are Provider Green Beans, Yellow Wax Beans, Kentucky Pole beans and many others. These are also referred to as snap, green and wax beans. I am not referring to beans that you grow for dry shelling beans, such as Black Turtle Beans, Cannellini Lingot Beans or Dark Red Kidney Beans. Dry Shelling Beans, are grown for the seed inside the string bean, whereas string beans, are grown for the whole bean , where you eat the shell and the seed beans inside. Preserving Dry Shelling Beans These are the easiest beans of all to preserve. You let the beans dry out, either while still in the garden, or if you are expecting a frost, pick the whole plant and bring into a dry place like a garage. Once the plant has dried up, you just shell the beans, and collect the seed. The seed is the actual dry bean. Some examples you might be familiar with are kidney beans, white cannellini beans, pinto beans, black beans, etc. Once the seed beans are completely dry, you can store them in jars in a cool dark place for at least a year or two. Than soak before using, or pressure can…

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Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners

Are you shopping for a gardener this holiday season? Than you are in the right place! You will be sure to find something on this Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners! Amazon Deals to Gift or Use Yourself! If you have waited to the last minute to shop, might I suggest you try Amazon Prime to get your package in 2 days or less?  Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial Or, even better, gift an Amazon Prime Membership!  Give the Gift of Amazon Prime Shop thru Ebates, and Earn Cash Back on Your Holiday Shopping! If you haven’t joined Ebates yet, you should before you shop online. Especially if you do a LOT of online shopping! Simply join with my link below. Then, install the Ebates button. Every time you go to a shopping site that Ebates works with, you will get a pop up reminding you to click thru Ebates to your shopping site. It will remind you what percentage you can earn cash back on and also tell you if there are any online coupons for that site. How it works: Ebates earns a commission for sending you to the retail site, and Ebates shares their commission with you, and that is how you earn the cashback.This even on many purchases on Amazon! Amazon pays cash back in over 16 categories, including patio, garden & outdoor, shoes, clothes, jewelry, handbags and power and hand tools!! Easily earn cashback in the amount of 2%-5% in those categories. I have personally earned over $750 from Ebates over the years I have been using them. You can opt to have your cash back sent to you in a check, or deposited into your Paypal account. So join today and earn cash back for all those holiday purchase…

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7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Blue Jarrahdale Pumpkins

One of my most favorite foods to grow, are the beautiful Jarrahdale Pumpkins. Everyone who has a vegetable garden should grow them! If you don’t, you will see them at your neighbors house and wish you had some of your own! Really! It is almost seed buying time, so definitely put these on your list! OK, here we go, these are the reasons why you need to grow blue Jarrahdale Pumpkins! And be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for a great list of other fun pumpkins to grow! 7 Reasons Why You should Grow Blue Jarrahdale Pumpkins: 1.They are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! Just look at them! They are a gorgeous blue-green-greyish color. They contrast beautifully with the traditional orange, or also look great with white pumpkins, for a more modern farmhouse design! Stack them in alternating colors on your front porch, and you will be the envy of your neighborhood! 2.They are a great investment! If you are trying to get a lot of bang for your buck in the food department, you need to grow these. If cured correctly, (let sit in the sun for 7-10 days after harvesting, which allows the skin to harden) they can last up to 12 months in a cool dark place in your home like a closet or unheated room, even under a bed. On average, mine have weighed about 15 lbs each, some get much larger than that even! That is easy peasy long lasting, whole, real, healthy food that is inexpensive, so they are great for the budget. Especially if you grow them yourself! 3. They can make you some money! If you sell at a farmer’s market or have a farm stand at the end of your driveway, you…

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