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Review – Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre


My brother bought me the book Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre a while back. He knows my passion for gardening as well as a desire to learn everything “homesteading” that I can. I live in a typical suburban community – so I am maximizing my property within confines of the Rules and Regulations of the community Homeowners Association.

I have been gardening for 10 years and every year has

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Free online garden planner & resource


I recently came across a great free online garden planner where you can create a garden of up to 12 feet x 4 feet, add your crops – and print it out. Great for smaller raised beds.

The website also has many educational resources such as Getting Started, When to Plant, Container Gardens, Compost and Fertilizer, as well as numerous guides on individual fruits and vegetables.

Worth checking out.



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GARDENING: Raised bed update…..


The raised bed I built a few weeks ago is doing well. The cucumber plant has climbed the cage I surrounded it with and is reaching out the top. There are approx. 1 “boatload” of mini-cucumber growing on the vine. If we do not get rain I water it every day or so. There are a few pepper plants in the bed as well and they also are growing just fine.

Having the bed and

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Video of the Week: Tomato Fertilizing Tips – Quick, Simple, Inexpensive

YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

This is a great video on fertilizing tomato’s using fish fertilizer and epsom salt. Great information in preparation for a survival garden. Time for me to

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Garden looking good so far…..


The garden is looking good so far this season. In previous years I tended to overpack my gardening space with plants. I guess my thoughts behind this was to try to get the maximum harvest possible as if it was a survival situation. I did use a decent amount of fertilizer (Miracle Grow) so the plants never seemed to suffer from malnutrition.

This year I planted the least amount

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Re: Spring is here – almost time to till my garden

In response to my mentioning getting ready to till up my garden I received the following. Figured it was worth sharing:


Hi John

I would like to share the MANTIS Tiller with you and everyone.

We have had the MANTIS for several years now and it is so easy and does what they say it will. This MANTIS is a small lightweight tiller that goes through about anything. We have used to till our

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The $2 garden

This post originally appeared over at Country Side Magazine – it can be seen in its original form HERE.

Good stuff!



The $2 garden

By Kat Reiff


I spent 14 wonderful years as a low-income single mother. A tiny townhouse apartment with a micro back patio and an equally micro front garden was our home all 14 of those years. Yes, we lived in poverty and riches

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Fall garden planted…..with old seed

I have found gardening to be a continuous learning process. Fall/Winter gardening is something I have little experience with and decided to do a little this Fall.


In one raised bed I planted lettuce (Red Seeded Simpson), broccoli, carrots, and radish.



In a small portion of my main garden I planted peas, broccoli, and more lettuce (Romaine).


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The garden continues to produce……


I started my gardening this year in early April.


Back then I started cucumbers, zucchini, and summer squash from seed along with a few other things. Here in South Carolina some crops can be planted twice to get two rounds of growing. Just this past weekend I had to pull up a few cucumber and squash plants that had produced everything they could. I replanted both cucumbers and summer squash.


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Survival Gardening: Squash and Zucchinni


Spring is fast approaching and many will start gardens for the very first time. Wanna have guaranteed (well…..almost) success? Over the years I have found it incredibly easy to grow both zucchini and crookneck summer squash. I have grown these in containers, raised beds, as well as in the ground.

Provided there is decent soil, water and sunlight – throw the seeds in the ground and in several

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Quick garden update


Every year I battle grass and weeds in my main garden. Every year I lose.

This year after my spring/summer crops went by – I decided to try something different to eliminate or reduce the unwanted vegetation. I covered my entire garden with thick black plastic. The idea here is to block the sun from reaching the soil for several months – and everything underneath should die off – and not return.

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The Self-Sufficient Gardener Garden Club


I was excited to find out recently that Jason over at The Self-Sufficient Gardener has made some changes to his website – and is now offering a rather unique membership opportunity. This Garden Club Membership in very inexpensive and has a lot of great content. Check out the info below. Another huge benefit…well, just kidding….is every sale of the membership provides some loose change to this website.

Check ’em out.


What do you get

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Welcome to the jungle… garden jungle!


Picture from the back-side of my garden couple days ago.

If you are a frequent reader then you know I love gardening. My interest in preparedness motivated me 8 years ago to start my first garden.

That first garden did well. At about half the size of my current one and not really having a clue what I was doing – I was swimming in cucumbers and summer

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Growing corn in containers?

It lives!!!!!!

I love gardening.

Sitting down at the supper table with a plate of food that I grew myself is an experience like no other. Beyond that – having the skill and confidence to be able to grow your own food if needed……..priceless.


Container and soil ready to go.


One of the crops that I have just recently started growing is corn. Last year I had a small but great looking

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Awesome Seed Bank deal from The Berkey Guy!!


Hello all –

The Berkey Guy just contacted me about a deal I just have to tell you about.

From now until Friday(May 6th) – every person that purchases an Emergency Seed Bank will also receive a new product – the Herb Seed Bank. This is an awesome deal as the Herb Seed Bank is a $99 value.

I am a HUGE believer in gardening now for healthy fruits and vegetables as well as learning

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Guest Post: Why You Need To Garden Now


by J.Burk

It’s easy to find excuses not to garden: I’m too busy, I don’t want to ruin the lawn, I don’t have enough space, I’ll start when I move to the country. There might even be a few who bought a container of heirloom seeds, tossed it into the freezer and checked gardening off their to-do list.


The main fallacy in all these excuses is that you need

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Simple Growing: Zucchinis


For those that have never gardened – getting started can be a daunting task.

Getting going in gardening can be accomplished many ways such as using raised beds, containers – and of course in-ground. I highly recommend to get into gardening ASAP if you are not already. It is a skill that is developed over time and much sweat and practice.

If you are just starting off I have one plant – one crop –

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Creating a raised bed garden

All 4 sides connected.

I recently made a second raised bed garden to add to my fruit and vegetable growing capabilities. Living in a typical suburban neighborhood my space is limited. In this particular case I built this raised bed for blueberry and blackberry plants.

To get this project done – I assembled all needed components in one area to begin construction. This raised bed is to measure 4′ foot wide by 8′ foot long and will

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Growing potatoes in buckets

bucket potatoes, survival, gardening, TSHTF, preparedness, food storage

Alright guys….this is a post I wrote last Fall for another blog but they never published it. Wanna grow some potatoes? It is amazingly easy. Check it out…….

Over the past few years I have tried growing potatoes. Not wanting to use precious garden space for experimenting with potato’s – I tried growing them in containers. I found it surprisingly easy. In the Spring of 2010 I planted 27 buckets and had great success. Potatoes

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Welcome “Backyard Food Productions”


Hello all –

I am very happy to announce that ModernSurvivalOnline is now an affiliate for Backyard Food Productions. Several weeks ago I was contacted by them and asked if I wanted to receive a copy of their educational DVD for review and giveaway. Of course I said “YES!” and have received the DVD.

I have now watched it a couple of times and am just so impressed. Being someone who did

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4 Best Methods for Off-the-Grid Food Production from Activist Post

I saw this article over at Activist Post – thought you might be interested.

– – Rourke

Original article appears here: 4 Best Methods for Off-the-Grid Food Production

For most of us producing all of our own food is just a fantasy. It evokes visions of multiple acres of fertile land, long work days, and expensive machinery. However, none of these are necessary to achieve self-sufficient food production.

There are many gardening techniques that can

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