Ways to Feed Your Soil – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#12)

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This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured post will give you some great ways to feed your soil! Feeding your soil is SO important for healthy plants and nutritious food, so don’t forget this important step in your gardening efforts!

Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants

handful of healthy soil

Good healthy soil is super important for healthy plants, no matter what type of garden you have. But if you want your home grown food to have the most nutrition possible, it is a super important step! If your plants are stressed, missing nutrients and just plain struggling, then they are not going to be the healthiest food for you to eat.

In fact, I believe feeding the soil, is much more important than feeding the plants! Below, I will briefly share my own quick and simple personal tips on ways to build healthy soil. Please see our featured post below, to find out much more information on this topic!


healthy soil that has been mulched
This row was mulched with straw. As the straw breaks down, it is composted in place! Simply remove the straw before planting, and you can see how healthy the soil is!

My first tip, is to MULCH! Not only does mulching cut down on weeding and watering, but as it breaks down, it turns into compost! So in the end, that mulch is not only making your day to day gardening jobs easier, but it is also feeding the soil! Check out my article The Secret to Easy Gardening, NO WEEDING with Mulch!


food scraps for compost
save your food scraps for easy composting

Compost is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways to feed the soil. So many people over think compost. Just think of it as natures way of organic material decomposing. No matter how you do the composting, it benefits plants like nothing else. Check out my article Easy Simple No Work Composting.


spent chicken coop bedding makes excellent food for the soil
I like to use the spent wood shavings from our chicken coop, or the used wood pellets from our brooder box as the “brown” in  our compost. The manure is an added bonus and is fantastic for feeding the soil!

Manure is also a sure way to feed your soil, and it is one of the main reasons we keep chickens and goats on our homestead. That spent bedding that gets mucked out? A most excellent food source for the plants! If you don’t have animals, consider getting a couple of hens or rabbits or a pair of goats, just for this reason alone!

Our Featured Post this Week is:

Improve Your Garden Soil: In Four Easy Steps

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Improve Your Garden Soil: In Four Easy Steps by Original Homesteading

Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop!

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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 Hosts Are:

Lisa from The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

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How to Repel Mosquitoes and Treat Bites Naturally by Lisa at The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

AnnMarie from 15 Acre Homestead

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Minimizing Homestead Stress with These Quick Tips from Annie at 15 Acre Homestead

Shelle from Rockin W Homestead

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5 Ways to Conserve Water in your Garden by Shelle at Rockin W Homestead

And myself! I’m Tamara and I blog here at The Reid Homestead

How to Store Onions from the Garden. Find out which varieties to grow that do best in long term storage. ~The Reid Homestead #storingonions #onionstorage #onionvarieties #foodpreservation #homesteadgardening #selfsufficient #selfsustaining #growyourownfood #onions #growingonions



How to Store Onions from the Garden Through Winter from Tamara at The Reid Homestead

Are You Ready to Start Preserving Your Harvest this Summer?

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Your Farm Fresh Tuesdays Blog Hop Hosts are all participating in a summer-long blogger roundup event, Preserving the Harvest! This round up, includes different ways of preserving 23 of the most popular fruits and vegetables!

Each blog post participating, lists all the other posts near the bottom of their post! Each post, focuses on one fruit or vegetable, and all the ways to preserve it!

I am sharing all about Preserving Green Beans! Some of my other food preservation posts include: freezing berries, roasting and freezing winter squash & pumpkin, and freezing tomatoes.

Check the list at the bottom of my post to see all the other fruits and vegetables and how to preserve them! You can find a ton of great recipes and preservation methods from our blogging friends in this round up!

Share Your Farm Fresh Posts This Week!

  • Homesteading, homemaking, sustainable and green ideas, DIY, healthy living, and self-reliance posts are all welcome. Share up to 4 family friendly posts.
  • You may share older posts with ‘in season’ information, but please don’t share the same posts each week!
  • If you share your posts in this party, you are giving permission for others to link to your posts….that’s a good thing because it helps get more eyes on your posts.
  • Check each host’s hop post to see if you were featured this week.
  • Be sure to link back to this blog hop so that we can feature you next week.
  • Visit some of the other posts and leave a comment…let them know you found them here!
  • Feel free to apply to our Farm Fresh Bloggers Roundup Page!
  • Please do not link to other blog hops, linky parties, or to giveaways in this homesteading hop. However, you may leave a comment below telling us about your blog hop or giveaway!
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