Urban Homesteading is Trending, But What Is It, Really?

Urban Homesteading is a buzzword lately. 

Looking into it a bit, I find that Wikipedia says: 

an urban homestead is a household that produces a significant part of the food, including produce and livestock, consumed by its residents. This is typically associated with residents’ desire to live in a more environmentally conscious manner. ("Urban Homesteading." Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 24 January 2021, ...

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Urban Homesteading - Gardening When You Live in the City

Homesteading is having a moment right now. 

I have a few ideas why it's trending. People want

  • More control over how they get their food
  • More control over what's in their food
  • Healthier food full of nutrients, not chemicals
  • To produce food in a sustainable way - reduce the environmental impact of large-scale farming
  • To connect with the natural world

Yes and yes! If you're reading this article, this is resonating with you,...

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Gift Ideas for Gardeners

It's a gift-giving time of year! I don't know about you, but I'm always on the lookout for unique, beautiful, practical, and clever items to give to loved ones.

If your gift recipient is a gardener, we can help.

Maybe you'll even find a few things to add to your own wish list!

If you see something you like though, order as soon as you can! This year with supply chain problems and shipping and mailing issues, your...

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Join a Community Garden Next Year

If you aren't a community garden gardener yet and you want to be, it's time to start doing some research. 

This is the time because many community gardens start leasing out their open plots at the beginning of the year. It's good to be ready ahead of time!

You need to:

  • Find the community gardens in your area. 
  • Check out their websites or contact the garden manager to find out the requirements for membership.
  • If you meet those...
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My Most Frustrating Crop of 2021

I admit, I don't know everything about growing vegetables. I do have experience and experience helps a lot, but there's always something to learn. 

This year, I was exasperated by onions! Onions are supposed to be easy to grow, but I just didn't get it. My crop failed, and I was frustrated. 

What's happening to my onions?
(Onion tops in the foreground)

My Incorrect Growing Method

I planted my onions in...

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Seeds for Next Year

People who garden in small plots usually find themselves with seeds left over at the end of the season. 

It's a good idea to have some extra seeds on hand when you're planting, just in case you need to replant. But once the planting window for a particular crop is over, you may find an extra half packet or more remaining.

So what do you do with those seeds? 

Last Year's Seeds

There's nothing wrong with keeping your extra...

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Seeds from Grocery Store Fruits and Vegetables

Can you grow seeds from the produce you get at the grocery store?

The short answer is yes.

If the answer were that simple, this would be the end of my blog post. Let's think about it for a minute. 

Yes, you can grow from your grocery store fruits and vegetables, but should you?

Oh, I hate to be a party pooper!


If you're expecting gardening success, growing a bountiful crop of fruits or vegetables with the free seeds from...

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Nine Lessons from a Rookie Canner

canning preserving tomato Oct 20, 2021

If you would have told me when I first started growing in the community garden that one day I'd be canning my abundant harvest, how I would have laughed!

Ugh, too much work! In modern times, there's no need. Canned vegetables are cheap, safe, and abundant at the grocery store. And they taste pretty good, too!

Yet, when you have an abundant harvest, you are faced with a decision what to with it all. Preserving it is one solution, and...

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Reflecting on the 2021 Growing Season

When your growing season is coming to a close, it's always a great exercise to reflect on how the season went, what you learned, and what you would change next year. 

It doesn't need to be a formal project - just take some time and think about the season from the beginning. Think about each crop. Jot down a few notes to yourself for next year.

Ask yourself questions like these:

  • How did this crop do for me this season?
    • Did I...
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Grocery Bag Stash


Here's a handy way to keep a stash of extra plastic grocery bags. You never know when you are going to need one at the garden. Or in any situation, really. Keep this neat, organized box of bags in your car and you'll be ready for anything. 

Reusing plastic grocery bags is one way to help reduce trash.

What you need:

  • Empty tissue box - the rectangular shape with a rectangular cut out on the top:
    8.75" x 4.75" x 3.5"
  • Plastic grocery...
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