How to Store Onions from the Garden through the Winter

How to Store Onions from the Garden Do you have goals to eat your own home grown onions through the winter? Than you are in the right place and I’ll tell you how to do just that. I will share with you my tips on how to store onions from the garden through the winter. A lot of it has to do with how you store them, but also a key component, is which variety of onions you grow. Please check out our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Growing What you Eat As a homesteader and gardener, my goal was to grow as much food as I can for my family to eat. The goal was to eliminate buying as much produce as possible from the store in an effort to be as self-sustaining as possible. So onions? YES! We eat a lot of onions. So through trial and error, I have figured out how to best grow them, store them and eat them, all through the winter. Please check out my articles on How to Plant Onion Seed and also How to Plant Onion Seedlings for more detailed direction on those specific topics. The rest of this article, will talk about which onion varieties to choose, and how to store them in order to keep eating your home grown onions through the winter. Long Day vs Intermediate Day vs Short Day Onions This is the first thing you must consider. If you live in the Northern States, you need to grow a Long Day Onion. These require 14-16 hours of sunlight per day in order for the bulb to start forming. In the Northern States, they have longer daylight in the summer, so this makes sense. If you live in the…

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How to Keep Your Seed Stash Organized

Today I am sharing with you how to keep your seed stash organized. If 2019 is your year to get organized, declutter, move toward a minimalist lifestyle, you need this if you are a gardener. 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. I’d love to have you follow me on Instagram here if you aren’t already! If you need to shop for a loved one who is a gardener, check out my Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners! Or heck, check our all are Homesteading and Gardening Favorites in our Amazon Shop! Also check out my Essential Seed Starting Equipment article, part of my Seed Starting 101 Series. It’s almost time to get those seeds planted! Don’t wait too long and find out your missing a crucial piece of equipment! 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 have more seeds coming in…

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My 2018 Winter Sowing Results are In!!

Today I am going to share my 2018 Winter Sowing Results! I was pretty hot here in the high 70’s yesterday, so I decided it was the day to open all my milk jug greenhouses that I had winter sown back in February and March. It felt like Christmas opening up all the mini greenhouses! Yay!! Did you Winter Sow this year? If so, please share with us what you grew and how it worked out for you! I have had success every year with this process. Please read my Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing article if you would like to join in the fun next winter! Check out all of our Homesteading and Gardening favorites in our Amazon Shop! Winter Sowing Flowers :Snap Dragons and Zinnias Snapdragons on the left, and Zinnias on the right. I grew three varieties of Snap Dragon: Black Prince, Tall Deluxe Mix and Apple Blossoms. I grew five varieties of Zinnia: State Fair, Benary’s Giant Purple, Red Scarlet, Lilliput Mix and California Giant. This year I want to add more flowers to my vegetable garden to give it more of a potager’s garden feel. Can’t wait to see these all in bloom! Winter Sowing Flowers: Marigolds I always grow some marigolds for the vegetable garden, and now collect my own seed from them every year to plant next years flowers from. I grow three varieties every year and they are Star Fire Signet, Court Jester and Giant Mix. These are wonderful for the vegetable garden because they keep pests away. They also happily reseed there on their own, so I will probably find some volunteer’s as well. Winter Sowing Flowers: Phlox   Phlox is one of my very favorite flowers. I love all the…

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Seed Starting 101: Planting Tomato Seed

Choosing Varieties to Plant Are you planting tomato seed this year? I will teach you how I grow many varieties of tomatoes from seed in this article. Have you decided which tomato varieties you will be growing this year? There are so many varieties, I think that is the hardest part of planting tomato seed! Just trying to decide! When you are deciding, think about how you will use them. I like to make a lot of tomato sauce to can up and keep in the pantry and I also like to freeze a bunch of tomatoes. See my article Benefits of Freezing Your Tomato Harvest. I also love to eat them fresh. And I love to try new varieties as well as stick with the old that have worked well for me or taste the best. Below I have listed out which cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes and roma or paste tomatoes I will be growing this year.  Breaking them down into these three categories makes it a wee bit less intimidating! Be sure to check out all of our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Cherry Tomatoes Past favorites that I have grown before and will grow again this year: Sungold: This is my favorite, and I think that goes for many people. A small orange cherry that is super sweet. Like candy! Yellow Pear: This is another favorite that I grow every year, not only for the color (I like lots of different colors, I would never plant all red tomatoes!), but it is also super sweet and it is fun to have a different shape as well. Blush: I grew this for the first time last year, and it was a quick favorite. The fruits are oblong in shape, almost like a mini paste…

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Seed Starting 101: Planting Peas

Happy Spring! Today is 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 crisp. It takes a lot of time…

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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. If you like hot peppers, they really should have been planted by now for a larger yield. 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! Please check out all of our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Hot Peppers Usually I only do a few, 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, but I didn’t keep any for myself. I plan to keep a couple this year! 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 or chocolate color. Red Mini Bells: More sweet little snacking peppers, cause…

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