Seed Starting 101: Planting Peas

Spring Gardening Begins with Peas Happy Spring! Soon it will be the first day of spring…..have you got your peas planted yet? Planting peas is usually my first act of getting the garden going for the year. It is the first thing that gets planted outside in the garden in the new year, along with fava beans. Also known as broad beans. Fava beans are simple, just stick them in the ground, down about an 1″ or 2″, and you are good to go. Peas are a little more tricky, so in this article I will share my tips for planting peas successfully. Be sure to see our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Not a Fan of Peas? If you or your family are not a fan of peas, have you ever tried them fresh from the garden? Eating raw peas fresh from the garden is like eating candy. They are so sweet and crisp and yummy! Nothing like store bought canned peas which in my opinion are just gross. Freezing peas from the garden are almost as good as fresh. See my article on freezing beans, I use the exact same method for freezing peas. After shelling them of course! Than blanch and follow the same exact procedure. Although you can preserve peas by canning them, I find them unappealing preserved that way. So give them another try and grow them yourself and you will see. Types of Peas There are three different types of peas, shelling peas, snap peas and snow peas. Shelling peas are the ones you shell, and harvest the round green peas from inside the shell. I prefer the Green Arrow variety, because it produces a lot of peas per shell and they are super sweet and…

How to Use Eggshells in the Garden (to benefit your plants!)

This article will share with you why and how to use eggshells in the garden to improve your soil and benefit your plants! Have you ever wondered how to use eggshells in the garden? Most homesteaders have chickens and a vegetable garden, and most homesteaders like to utilize everything they have on hand. So in this article I will explain a couple of different ways of how I use eggshells in the garden. During the fall and winter, I start saving eggshells in preparation for using them when I plant my tomato seedlings and pepper seedlings. In order to use them, there are a couple of things I do to them first. Other articles you might find interesting: Simple Easy No Work DIY Composting The Secret to Easy Gardening, NO WEEDING! How to Keep Your Seed Stash Organized Our favorite Homesteading and Garden Tools in my Amazon Shop! Baking Eggshells to Prep them for Use in the Garden Baking the eggshells helps to dry them out fully, especially the membrane inside the egg. Drying out the membrane, allows you to crush up the eggs more easily. I place the eggs on a cookie sheet, and put them in the oven on low, around 250-275 degrees, for about an hour. After they have been in for an hour or so, pull them out and let them cool. Crushing Eggshells for Use in the Garden You can throw the eggshells in a blender at this point and it will grind them into a fine dust super quickly. I prefer to just mash the eggshells with a large wide spoon. It is actually quite satisfying to do this. Something about the sound, I don’t know! I just really enjoy it. Once you’ve gotten them broken down into smaller…

Seed Starting 101: Planting Pepper Seed

Are you planting pepper seed this year? I am behind, but better late than never! It’s not too late, if you haven’t planted yours yet! I don’t really like hot peppers, so I don’t do a lot of them. But if you like hot peppers, they can be planted as early as December. Usually February is when I get my sweet peppers planted, and I was busy last weekend planting pepper seed, so I got it done just in time! You may be interested in these related posts: Seed Starting 101: Planting Tomato Seed Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment Seed Starting 101: Winter SowingOur favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! My Favorite Pepper Varieties: Hot Peppers Usually I only do a few hot peppers, and the milder one’s at that, like Anaheim Chili’s and Jalapenos. These are what I will be growing this year: Jalapenos: Spicy little peppers perfect for a little heat in your salsa or any dishes you like a little heat. We also like to make Cowboy Candy with them, which is a pickled jalapeno in a sweet sauce. So good! Anaheim Chili’s: These are mildly hot, I don’t even think they are hot if picked when green, but let them turn red on the vine, and they are much hotter! I like these in all types of Mexican dishes. Black Hungarian: I grew some of these for a customer who bought starts from me last year, and they are a new favorite! These are also mildly hot and are black in color. Mini Sweet Peppers Bangles Mix: These are great little peppers perfect for the lunch box or for snacking and come in red, orange…

Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing (a simple step by step guide!)

What is Winter Sowing? Winter Sowing is using plastic milk jugs or other plastic containers, and using them as mini-greenhouses outside in the middle of winter, to sow your seeds. Winter sowing is an easy, simple, inexpensive way to sow seeds. I have been doing this now for the last 6 years or so, and it has worked so well for me, that I wanted to share this Winter Sowing tutorial in hopes that it works for you too. Because it is SOOOOO EASY!!!!! Sow those seeds, and then forget about them for a few month! Seriously. That is all. Related posts you may be interested in: 2018 Winter Sowing Results How to Grow Lavender from Seed using the Winter Sowing Method Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment post How to Make Money Growing Plants at Home Our Homesteading and Gardening favorites in our Amazon Shop! Winter Gardening Another reason I love winter sowing, is it allows me to get back into my gardening groove before the weather truly lets me. I don’t know about you, but after the holidays are over, I start getting the gardening itch. Winter sowing allows me to actually begin gardening in the winter, but without really dealing with the nastiness of winter. I plant the seeds indoors, and then just pop them outside and let nature to the rest. Frugal Seed Starting in Winter Winter Sowing is also a much more frugal way to start seeds. No need to buy all that seed starting equipment such as heat mats, grow lights, plant trays, etc. Just save your used milk jugs, and then the only thing you need to acquire is the potting soil to grow in, and the seeds! And duct tape. Winter Sowing Containers or Mini Greenhouses for Winter…

Seed Starting 101- How to Plant Onion Seed Indoors in Winter

Today I am excited to share with you how I start my onion seed indoors in January! I hope you will pick up some helpful tips and tricks, and learn how we grow enough onions to use for most of the year! If you want to grow enough onions to keep your family supplied for the year, consider growing good storage varieties of onions. Sweet onions sure taste good, but they don’t keep for very long. You may also be interested in: How to Store Onions from the Garden How to Plant Onion Seedlings. How to Harden Off Your SeedlingsOur favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Winter Gardening: Starting Onion Seed Indoors in January January is the month my fingers get itching to plant onion seed. Luckily there are a few things you can plant by seed as early as January here in the PNW, even earlier in milder parts. They are usually the first thing I plant in the dead of winter. Other things that may be started this month by seed are celery, artichoke, asparagus and hot peppers. Different Methods for Sowing Seeds I sow most of my seeds using two methods, Winter Sowing and also indoors using your standard seed starting Equipment. Please see these two article for more information on both methods: Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing in which I share how I use milk jugs outdoors as mini greenhouses to start seed. Seed Starting Equipment lists more details about equipment needed to start your seeds indoors. It also covers what type of soil I use for starting seeds. Choosing Which Onion Varieties to Plant I chose several varieties of onion seed to plant, with my primary focus being on onions that are excellent keeping onions or also called storage onions…

Seed Starting 101 Series: Essential Seed Starting Equipment

Today I am excited to share with you, all the tools and equipment that I use when starting seeds indoors. To grow seeds successfully indoors, these are the essential items you need to have on hand to do it well, and to grow strong healthy seedlings! Thank you for following along with me on my Seed Starting 101 series. Today we will be going over the essential seed starting equipment that is needed for you to successfully plant your seed indoors. Before we get going, a couple thoughts I want to share. Related Article you may also be interested in: Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing How to Harden Off Your Seedlings How to Keep Your Seed Stash Organized Our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools are available in our Amazon Shop! Things to Think About Before Starting Seeds Indoors: First, please remember as we go along, that I grow a LOT of stuff. My goal here on our homestead, is to grow most of the fruits and veggies that we eat. I also grow extra seed starts to sell, see how here: How to Make Money Selling Plants at Home. So please don’t be overwhelmed by my set up. You can start with one tray of seeds, or 5 or 10, or more. That is all up to you. IMPORTANT: Please also think about the space you have to dedicate to seed starting before you begin. It can easily take an entire room, or not. But you have to plan for where it is going to go. If you have cats, or inquisitive dogs, you may want to put your seed starting project in a room with a door so you can keep them out. It is horrible to have put in all the time and effort and then…