How to Build A Low Tunnel

How to Build A Low Tunnel

I have a very special guest post today by Cameron! He is the builder around here and because he can explain this way better than I can, he is going to give you all the details on how to build a low tunnel. I also made my first ever YouTube video to explain the process if you prefer to just watch rather than read (please keep that in mind as your watching haha!).

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The Weekly Digs #27

The Weekly Digs #27

Christmas came twice this week. Once was the first watermelon of the season! The kids ran after me when they saw the watermelon in my hands and the excitement in the air was palpable. I was surrounded until I made the first cut into the melon and man was it a beauty. I’ve never picked one so perfectly ripe. The kids patiently waited as I photographed the watermelon and it was gone in a flash when I gave them the green light. See below haha!

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Top 15 Cold-Tolerant Vegetables for Fall & Winter Gardening

Top 15 Cold-Tolerant Vegetables for Fall & Winter Gardening

Cold Hardy vegetables can be killed anywhere from 30ºF all the way down to -5ºF and possibly lower. It covers such a wide range of temperature that they are usually put into two different groups, semi cold hardy which can take light frosts and cold hardy which can survive to 20ºF and below. 

First let's talk about the crops that can take several light frosts. Light frosts would be in the 28-32ºF range. Crops that can handle light frosts include lettuce, swiss chard, arugula, radishes, beets, chinese cabbage, collards, cauliflower, celery, turnips, and green onions.

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How to Plan for a Fall Garden

How to Plan for a Fall Garden

Planting a fall garden seems easy enough. And yet there are always a few details and kinks to work out when it comes to planning for any garden.

A fall garden is ready to harvest in fall which means you are planting and sowing seeds in the summer. Do you want to know the secret to success? Psst… the secret is do not miss the planting window.

In years past, I’ve been so busy with harvesting and preserving my summer crops that I miss the window for certain fall crops. This year, I’m already doing better (though not perfect haha!). I made a fall planning chart to help me to plant on time. I’m sharing my fall planner below as well as some tips in hopes that it helps you too!

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Greek Salad

Greek Salad

The first time I had greek salad was only a few years ago. It took me a while to accept the flavor of kalamata olives but when I tried this salad, I fell in love with the combination of flavors.

I’ve tried several versions in the years following and I knew that I wanted to come up with my own recipe that would work for what was growing in the garden. One that would showcase all the fresh vegetables with out being overpowered by dressing or cheese.

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Crop Rotation Problem Solving for Tomatoes and other Nightshades

Crop Rotation Problem Solving for Tomatoes and other Nightshades

I talked all about the basics of crop rotation in the home garden in THIS article. I wanted to go beyond the basics and address an issue that often comes up with crop rotation. The problem is growing a lot of one crop family, resulting in an uneven rotation of crops. In most cases this is the nightshade family (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, etc.)

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The Weekly Digs #23

The Weekly Digs #23

I feel like I blinked and summer is half over! How does it even happen so fast?! Perhaps with how busy I am picking, preserving, and gardening it makes it seem like time is going faster.

Seriously, with so much to do in so little time, it can get overwhelming. I know some of you can relate to the lack of sleep from late nights canning and preserving. It is worth it in the end and it’s such a good feeling to be able to open a jar full of summer bounty in the middle of winter.

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51 Delicious Zucchini and Summer Squash Recipes

51 Delicious Zucchini and Summer Squash Recipes

Zucchini and summer squash are a gift that just keeps on giving. It’s common to feel overwhelmed by this summer crop when you harvest several a day. That’s a lot of squash and  usually more than you know what to do with! I’ve put together a list of recipes so you can eat your summer squash and zucchini day after day and not feel sick of it. After all, if you put in all the work why not reap the benefits?

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