We started our spring crops off by planting onions and peas! I also planted a rosemary bush I picked up from the nursery and I talk about how we use companion planting to help with cabbage moths.
I read lots of “common beginner mistakes” blog post and articles when I started growing food, but that didn’t stop me from making them! Hopefully, this post will help you avoid the mistakes I made and avoid some of the pitfalls we encountered in our first two years. 1. Overwatering Overwatering is one of the most common mistakes new gardeners make and I’ve certainly been guilty of it myself. The roots need to be able […]
Update: One idea to combat some of the issue related to heat would be to insulate the bed with wood chips up to near the top of the cinder block. I’d think this would help with many of the issues related to overheating. I’ve spent some time researching whether or not it would be a good idea to use cinder blocks to build a longer-lasting raised bed and wanted to share the best information I […]
I passionately despise alarm clocks. The jolt from waking up to the sound of an alarm used to begin my day with an anxiety that normally took a morning run to wear off. Back then I didn’t have a choice. I worked in an office that required me to be there by a certain time and that meant waking up while it was still dark. It wasn’t until I started working with flexible hours that I […]
One of the most common questions I receive is “What should I grow first?”. Here’s what I tell people our strategy was in response: Start with something you like and buy a lot of – We started with kale, spinach, lettuce. These items cost us $10 a week at the grocery store whenever we tried to eat healthy and I loved the idea of having unlimited salad greens in my backyard. I had a feeling it […]
Last year we bought our broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, and peppers from the nursery. This year we wanted to try growing it from seed instead. We built this 4 rack seed starting system that allows us to start up to 1,152 seeds at a time for less than $100! We also show how we made our DIY seed starting mix!
Three of the hinged hoop house covers are finished! We built these so we can have lettuce, kale and spinach all winter long. More details about how I built them will be coming soon. Check out the video below to see them in action! ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]
You can grow greens like lettuce, kale, and spinach all winter in Oklahoma if you build a simple hoop house out of PVC and plastic sheeting. I’ve spent many hours researching the best way to build a PVC hoop house so that greens can be easily harvested over the winter. This is the best design I’ve seen by far. This video calls for 2 layers of protection, but we should only need one here in […]
The difference in taste and nutrition provided from herbs grown at home far exceed what you find in the store. Once you start using freshly grown or self-preserved herbs, you’ll never want to go back.We just harvested one of our oregano plants and made dry seasoning from it. We cut the plant down to the base, let the cuttings soak in room temperature water, and then washed it thoroughly to make sure there weren’t any […]
Update: here’s a video detailing it all! These are our main rainwater collection tanks that can capture up to 550 gallons from just 1″ of rain. I used 2 275 gallon IBC tanks purchased on Craigslist for $75 each. I connected them to the gutter with standard PVC pipe. The first 3 tubes on the left are a “first flush” system that filter out the first 20-30 gallons of water. I plan to build a […]