How to Disinfect Seedling Supplies and Plant Pots

Before you begin planting your seed, it is very important to disinfect seedling supplies and plant pots! When the holidays are over, I get that itch to begin gardening again. Browsing through seed catalogs on those slow winter days also stirs those gardening desires. After I place my seed orders, I set aside time to disinfect my seed starting supplies and later before transplanting, I will also disinfect all my planting pots. Related Articles You May Be Interested In: Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment The Best Way to Store Your Seeds How to Make Money Selling Seedlings Scroll down to see more related articles on starting seeds or seedling care, at the bottom of this post! Our favorite Homesteading & Gardening things in our Amazon Store! Why You Should Wash and Disinfect Seedling Supplies and Plant Pots It is super important to wash and sterilize your seed starting pots and supplies, so that your young tender seedlings don’t pick up any viruses or pathogens from them. If they do, that will weaken or kill your seedlings. After all the hard work that goes into starting your seeds, you don’t want all your efforts to go to waist because you used dirty supplies. Of course, buying new seed starting pots each year, would be the easiest way to avoid this step, but this is not an option when money is tight. Don’t forget to also wash and disinfect any planting trays or tools that you use for seed starting as well. Why You Must Wash the Pots Prior to Disinfecting Before you can disinfect all your planting trays and seedling pots and 6 packs, you must first remove any and all dirt or potting soil residue from them. This is important, because any…

Grow More Food with Fall and Winter Crops – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#36)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring an article about how to grow more food with cool season crops. To live a fully self sufficient lifestyle, you must grow more food with fall and winter crops! Year Round Vegetable Gardening for More Food If you are a homesteader, and you want to live a self sufficient lifestyle, than you must consider how to grow more food with fall and winter crops. When most folks think about having a vegetable garden, it is just a one season garden. They prepare for the garden in spring, plant it when temperatures warm up typically by June 1st, and then it is over and done with when the chilly temps of fall set in. If you are trying to live a more self sustainable lifestyle, as many homesteaders strive to do, don’t fall into this trap! Everyone can grow food in those cooler seasons as well as the summer, and if you do so, you will have more fresh food for your family. This is an excellent book on year round vegetable gardening The Year Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabour. The Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman is another must have book for gardening for food in the winter. Cold Season Crops vs Warm Season Crops Many beginner gardeners, are not aware that some crops prefer to be grown or started in the cooler seasons, and don’t fare as well when planted in the summer heat. Often times, the summer heat will cause these crops to bolt, or go to seed. On the other hand, some crops prefer growing in the warm season, and don’t fare well if the temperature goes below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, such as tomatoes and peppers. Cold Season…

Best Gardening Shoes for Women

Are you looking for the best pair of gardening shoes? In this article, I will share my favorite gardening shoes with you. Different gardening shoes are required for different situations, so be sure to check them all out!  Favorite Gardening Shoes The best gardening shoes for women, may be different for different individuals. Maybe you have feet problems and need extra support. Maybe you live in a wet climate and need shoes that keep your feet dry. Maybe you live in a hot climate and need good ventilation in your shoes so that your feet don’t sweat. Or perhaps you just want to clean you gardening shoes really easily! Today I will cover all of the gardening shoes that I have used over the years and then some. Some of these shoes fall into multiple categories, so be sure to read all the way through to find your favorite shoe for your gardening or homesteading needs. Related Article You May Be Interested In: A Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Homesteading Moms Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners Amazon Prime Day Deals for Homesteaders and Gardeners Our favorite Homesteading & Gardening things in our Amazon Store! Common Characteristics Needed for Most Garden Shoes For most people, garden shoes really should have some of the same characteristics. they should be comfortable they should be easily cleanable they should be easy to slip on and off they should look good they should be supportive they should protect your feet they should be waterproof they should have a good grip they should be of high quality to last a long while Considerations for Choosing the Best Shoe for You In choosing the best gardening shoe for yourself, consider your own gardening efforts. Are you a casual gardener with a small kitchen…

Tips for Saving Your Own Tomato Seeds

Saving your own tomato seed, is not only a more economical way to grow your favorite varieties, but it makes for stronger plants too! Today I will share tips for saving your own tomato seeds, so you can be more self sufficient!  Why Should You Save Your Own Tomato Seeds? Economical: It will obviously be cheaper for you to save your own tomato seeds, rather than having to buy them. This comes into play especially if you are growing a lot of tomatoes. Or if you are selling the tomatoes. Less upfront costs means more profit in your pocket. Self Sufficiency: Well, it’s just a darn good idea to be able to grow your own food to begin with. Knowing how to harvest the seed, will keep you in good supply of that type of vegetable, for generations to come without having to buy the seed. After all, this is how our grandparents and great grandparents had seed to plant year after year! Stronger Plants: As a plant grows, and becomes accustomed to it’s current unique micro climate, it will adapt. As it adapts, these traits will be handed down to future generations of the plant, by passing them down through the seed it creates. So by saving seed again and again, season after season, you will always have much stronger plants, than from buying seed from a location that is not in your microclimate. Those seeds, are probably ideal, for wherever they were produced, but not for your unique growing conditions. This is probably the very best reason for saving your own tomato seeds. This goes for all plants, not just tomatoes! Related Article You May Be Interested In: Seed Starting 101: Planting Tomato Seed How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings How and Why You Should…

Growing Tea on the Homestead – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#15)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured posts are all about tea and why you should be growing tea on the homestead! We are huge tea drinkers in our family, so I was excited to see these two articles in our blog hop last week, How and Why You Should Grow A Tea Garden and 19 Uses for Calendula Tea! Health Benefits of Drinking Tea Green tea is known to be super beneficial for you, in fact, it is one of the healthiest beverages you can drink! It can increase your stamina and memory and help with fat loss and is full of antioxidants which can help fight cancers. We have started drinking lots of homemade iced green tea this summer for these reasons. Our favorite brand for this are the Harney & Son’s Green Tea Flavors. They have many other awesome Iced Tea flavors as well that are not green tea, but we have been trying to get more green tea into our diet for the health benefits. Black tea has been proven beneficial to oral health, preventing strokes and is also full of antioxidants which are great for fighting cancers. My favorite black tea is Twinings English Breakfast tea with a teeny bit of Stevia and milk! Due to the healthy aspects of drinking tea, it is a wise idea to be growing tea on the homestead. Tips on Brewing Tea If your family drinks a lot of tea, I am going to suggest you get an electric tea kettle. They are so convenient and they make a great gift too for any tea drinkers you may know! We love ours, we have this Kitchen Aid Electric Tea Kettle and I highly recommend it.  They heat up the water in about 2…

Stock Tank Pool DIY – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#13)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured post will share with you how to build the most amazing DIY stock tank pool, with filter and a waterfall even! I Want a Stock Tank Pool! OK folks, I had dreamed about a stock tank pool before, but after seeing this featured post, I want one now in the worst way! You will too when you see this one! I don’t even own any stock tanks, but you can be sure I will be on the look out for one now! So without further ado, lets just see it already! Our Featured Post this Week is: How to Install a Stock Tank Pool with Waterfall How to Install a Stock Tank Pool with Waterfall by Clover House Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! Thank you for visiting our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! I have teamed up with some other awesome homesteading bloggers to host this awesome blog hop! Each Tuesday this blog hop opens for you to share your posts on gardening, herbalism, crafts, homesteading, food preservation. Feel free to share your in season gardening and homesteading posts with us and please feel free to share this blog hop where ever you like! There is a link down below for you to click on to share your posts! To Be Featured on the Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop: Please remember, for a chance to be featured next week, PLEASE LINK TO OUR BLOG HOP in your post! It has been difficult to find articles that had followed thru with this the last few weeks! Also, it helps to have your own featured image in your post, other than a pin! Especially in round up posts! Thank you! Your Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop…