Top 5 Baby Items for Gardening Mamas

Top 5 baby Products for Gardening Mamas :: Five Little Homesteaders

As many of you know, I had a baby (our fourth) not too long ago – 4 months to be exact.

I don’t have to tell most of you that babies are a lot of work, as is homesteading – even of the urban variety.  I’m embarrassed to admit how little I gardened during my pregnancy, but now that the baby is here, I’m ready to get back at it in a serious way.  So, when I was given the opportunity to test out the Levana Ayden Baby Video Monitor - http://mylevana.com/product/Ayden_3_5_Digital_Video_Baby_Monitor.eng-164.html , I jumped at the chance.  I was certain that a video monitor would help me get more done in the garden knowing that my baby is safe and I was right.  Read on to learn more about the Ayden Baby Monitor - http://mylevana.com/product/Ayden_3_5_Digital_Video_Baby_Monitor.eng-164.html , enter for a chance to win one of three monitors and learn what other items help me get my gardening done while also taking care of our new little one.

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Gardening for Pollinators in Dry Conditions

Gardening for Pollinators in Dry Conditions

Summer is coming.  I promise.

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In my mind, one of the most important things to consider when planning a garden is how to attract pollinators.  Pollinators are those wonderful little creatures that pollinate 75-95% of all flowering plants.  Pollinators include: bees, butterflies, birds, moths, flies, beetles, wasps and bats.

When you’re gardening under hot, dry conditions, it may seem difficult to promote pollinators and support the work they’re doing.  However, don’t forget about them!  It’s especially important to support them under these conditions.  Read on to learn my top four tips when gardening for pollinators under dry conditions.

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Preventing Soil Diseases

Preventing Soil Diseases :: Five Little Homesteaders

If you aren’t familiar with soil-borne diseases, then you can count yourself as lucky.

Many (most?) microorganisms that live in our soil are harmless and quite possibly beneficial.  However, there are also some that can cause significant damage to our plants and can even hang around in our soil for many, many years.  These include fungi and bacteria that cause root rot and wilt diseases.

The best way to deal with soilborne diseases is through preventing them on the front end, rather than trying to combat them in the middle of your growing season.  Here are the top four ways, that I know of, to prevent soil diseases.

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What does “Certified Organic” mean?

What does the Certified Organic label really mean? :: Five Little Homesteaders

photo via Tim Psych on flickr

Have you ever wondered what it really means when something is “certified organic”?  Yeah.  Me too.

I mean, it is one of those things that we all think we are pretty sure about, but have you ever researched it?  Yeah.  Me neither.

So, I took on the task of researching and here’s what I found out.

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Compost Temperature: Is your compost hot enough?

Compost Temperature: Does it really matter? :: Five Little Homesteaders

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Compost.  We really should all be composting.  It’s great for the environment.  It’s great for your garden and there are so many different ways to go about it.

If you’re lucky enough to have a yard, then a compost pile is a pretty simple and easy way to go.  My husband wrote a post over a year ago about our simple 3-bin composting system.  He talks, in his post, about the importance of heat in a healthy composting system, but never get into the importance of actual, specific temperature.

Is your compost pile hot enough?  What is your compost temperature?  Do you know?  Do you care?  Should you care?

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Top 5 Crops for Increasing Food Self Sufficiency

Increasing Food Self-Sufficiency :: Five Little Homesteaders

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When setting up plans for your homestead, it is always nice to know how to get the most bang for your buck.  That is, which fruits, vegetables and other food items will give you the highest yield and provide the most nutrients for your family.

Most of us grow our own food in an attempt to be more self-sufficient and rely less on the grocery store.  So, with that in mind, what should we be growing to achieve this goal?

In this post, I’m going to give you the top 5 crops I think you should consider when trying to increase your food self sufficiency.

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Seed Starting Mix Recipe

Seed Starting Mix Recipes from Five Little Homesteaders

Seed starting is one of my favorite things.  I always start out so organized and planned out.  There is so much hope and anticipation.

You also don’t need a lot to get started – some seeds, some pots, a good seed starting mix recipe and water.  Simple.

I’ve written several posts in the past about seed starting.  I’ve talked about using grow lights and about testing the seeds for viability.  But today I want to talk about what you use to actually grow them in.  A good seed starting mix recipe is a key ingredient to growing successful, strong and healthy plants from seed.

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Top 10 Gardening Posts

Top 10 Gardening Posts from Five Little Homesteaders

I’m so excited!

This week I’m part of a blogging round-up (of sorts) for Garden Week - http://craftingagreenworld.com/garden/ !  I’m joining up with several other bloggers to bring you some great gardening info – just in time for your spring gardens!

I thought that I’d kick the week off with a roundup of all of MY top gardening posts from my last year of blogging.  I’m sure that most of you have missed some (if not all!) of these great posts.  Take a moment to travel back in time and check out some of the knowledge I shared about gardening.

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