Bell Peppers,all about planting,growing,caring and storage

Peppers are a tender, warm-season crop. They resist most pests and offer something for everyone: spicy, sweet or hot, and a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. For this page, we will focus on sweet bell peppers.

Botanical name: Capsicum annuum

Plant type: Vegetable

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: Loamy

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Broccoli Florets,all about planting,growing,caring and storage

Broccoli is a cool-season crop that, like spinach, can be grown in the spring or fall. In fact, you may be able to get a continual harvest throughout both seasons if you time planting correctly. A member of the cabbage family, broccoli is rich in vitamins.

Botanical name: Brassica oleracea

Plant type: Vegetable

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: Sandy

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Build A Rainwater Collection System In Your Backyard! 9 Tips for Rainwater Collection !

Natural rainwater is an excellent resource for just about any activity that requires water. Gardening, laundering, bathing, and drinking can all be done with natural rainwater, as long as proper cleaning is practiced prior to use.

Although it may take a bit of extra money for the initial setup of a rainwater harvesting system, you can save usually between 30 and 50 percent on you water bill by using natural rainwater.

Rainwater is typically very clean, and best of all, it is absolutely free. Collection of rainwater will improve self-sufficiency and may also be extremely beneficial in case of emergency.

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A Nutritious Garden for the Prepared Family

Since I was small, I’ve been raised to be able to take care of myself in case Something Bad were to happen. I grew up foraging, sewing, shooting, and cleaning the deer my father brought home. On the east coast, where I was born and spent much of my childhood, there just don’t seem to be quite as many people preparing their kids with these kinds of skills. That’s one of the reasons my father decided to migrate out west, here to Idaho.

I was always a little bit of an outsider out east because no one else went mushroom hunting and shooting with their dads. So it was nice to come out here and realize that I wasn’t alone in my upbringing!

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Vegetables That Are Extremely Easy To Grow From Seed

Posted on December 5, 2015 by Garden Prepper December 5, 2015

Learning to produce your own food is a freeing and rewarding experience. It is also sometimes a necessity in certain conditions. Knowing how to grow a few easy vegetables could be the difference between having a full, healthy meal and being hungry. Below are the three easiest vegetables to grow from seeds.

Radish

The radish should be one of the first vegetables any survivalist looks to when in need. Not only are they one of the easiest vegetables to grow during the cool seasons, they are also one of the fastest. Several crops of radishes can be harvested during spring and fall because of how quickly the radish reaches maturity.

Radish seeds can be planted later in the year than any other root-based crop and still produce a useful harvest. Planting should occur in rows with seeds placed two inches apart and half of an inch in the ground. They shouldn’t be planted in the shade or near larger vegetables because they require a lot of sunlight. The radish can reach maturity in less than a month after planting the seed.

Radishes also come with a plethora of health benefits, as do most vegetables. They are healthy sources of fiber, potassium and folate. Their high fiber content promotes healthy digestion and helps the body retain water.

Beans

There is a huge variety of beans that are all easy to grow and quick to harvest. Any small garden can benefit from beans, whether snap beans, tepary beans, or lima beans. The correct type of bean may depend on the local climate and soil conditions.

The snap bean is the most common type of bean planted because they grow to maturity within 55 days and can produce many harvests through the season. There is also some variety among snap beans themselves. They differ in color and shape, as well as size. Snap beans can be planted in intervals of three weeks once the soil temperature is in the 60 to 70 degree range.

The tepary is another type of dry bean, but it is far less common than the snap bean. They are more suited for hot and dry climates. The tepary is most often seen growing in the Southwest United States because it can survive the desert climate. They require up to 90 days to reach maturity.

Most types of beans will produce multiple flushes after the first set of beans have been harvested. This means one seed can produce quite a lot of beans without the need to plant more.

Cucumbers

The cucumber is another plant that yields a lot of vegetables from just one seed. So many in fact, that they need to be planted with at least two and a half feet between each seed. They require heat and a lot of water but if the right conditions are met, cucumbers are an amazing vegetable to have in any garden. They are also low-maintenance and easy to harvest.

Cucumbers are extremely sensitive to frost and don’t do well in cold conditions. The soil should be at least seventy degrees before planting the seeds. Don’t plant them until two weeks has passed since the last frost.

They are available in vine and bush variety. The vine cucumbers grow along the ground and have a higher yield, but the bush cucumber is more compact and easier to care for. Bush cucumbers can even be grown inside of a container.

Avoiding Pests And Other Problems

As easy as these vegetables are to grow, it’s possible to encounter unwanted problems such as pests. It’s important to pay close attention to the garden and inspect the plants on a regular basis. Only plant during the appropriate seasons and in areas with enough sunlight that the plants can grow to full maturity.

Homestead heroes: best fruits and vegetables for self-sufficiency

Posted on September 6, 2015 by Garden Prepper September 6, 2015

My small farm started as an effort to become food self-sufficient. Only after I was producing more than enough produce, dairy and proteins for my own family did I start selling farm products. I’ve been selling direct to the public for a few years now, but self-sufficiency is still my number one planting priority. I favor homestead crops that are nutritious, dependable, high-yielding and hearty. The following are a few of my favorites:

Berries

Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are high-value fruits with high levels of nutrition. Berries have more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable.

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Although it takes 1-3 years to establish good-producing bushes, berries are perennials that offer a new crop each year without extra cost or effort. Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are easy to preserve and keep well for year-round consumption. Expect a yield of 15 pounds per 100 square feet.

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Tomatoes

Fresh, diced, stewed, sauced or preserved whole tomatoes are a versatile homestead crop. Tomatoes are the most popular home canning item. If you have adequate food preservation skills you can never grow enough.

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Tomatoes are a great non-citrus source of vitamin C, making them an especially heroic homestead crop for northern gardens.

Winter squash

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Winter squash is easy to grow, hearty and high-yielding. Squash seeds are direct sown and do not require weeding once plants are established. A single winter squash plant produces between 4-10 squash. Given proper space and growing conditions, winter squash produces a yield of 50-100 pounds per 100 square feet.

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Shelling beans and cowpeas

I raise livestock for meat, dairy and egg proteins on my farm, but not all gardeners want to keep livestock. Beans and cowpeas are two vegetable proteins that can fill protein needs for food self-sufficiency.

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 Legumes grow, die and dry on the vine before shelling. Beans and cowpeas are ready to pick when they rattle dry on the vine. Harvest begins after the busiest part of my growing season ends; I enjoy spending the first afternoons of fall shelling my way through buckets of beans.

Alliums

Doctors praise the immunity building characteristics of garlic and onions. Alliums deter the growth of bacteria, mucus and candida yeast. They promote whole body detoxification and healing.

Alliums can be grown year-round. I grow bunching onions in early spring and again in fall. I also over-winter bulb onions, garlic and shallots. Bulb onions yield a hefty 100-150 pounds per 100 square feet.

Chives and scallions can be used fresh or preserved with dehydration. Garlic, shallots and bulb onions keep well for several months.

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Leafy greens

Leafy greens like kale and spinach are the most nutritious vegetables on earth. Both kale and spinach contain calcium and iron, vital minerals often attributed to animal protein sources. Gardeners who don’t keep livestock appreciate the ability to grow these critical minerals in leafy greens.

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 Many leafy greens can be cut to stalk and regrown to maximize harvest. Intensive growing methods can yield between 100-200 pounds per 100 square feet.

Community Gardens: The Secret To Urban Self-Sufficiency

There are a lot of obstacles to overcome when transitioning to a more self-sufficient life. Unfortunately, sometimes the area you live in is the biggest roadblock, and moving isn’t an option. When it comes to growing your own food, you might find yourself stuck in a difficult position.

There are three major disadvantages to starting a large garden in an urban atmosphere:

  • Lack of space
  • City permitting requirements
  • Social issues with your neighborhood

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The Straight Poop on Using Chicken Manure as Fertilizer [VIDEO]

Posted on August 21, 2015 by Garden Prepper August 21, 2015

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Chicken manure is chock full of nutrients that will benefit your garden .

This spangled hamburg is one of eight birds in my backyard flock. As a typical laying chicken, she lays between 250 and 300 eggs a year. Over that same period of time, this typical chicken — tiny though she seems — will produce roughly 90 pounds of manure. Multiply that by 8 birds and that’s a lot of poop. For some that doesn’t mean much more than the chore of mucking out the coop a few times a year. For the home gardener, however, that manure is worth its weight in…fertilizer. Chicken manure must be used carefully, but is among the most desirable organic fertilizers and will give your garden soil a spectacular boost without spending a dime.

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Chicken manure is chock full of nutrients that will benefit your gardening plot. Topping the list is a healthy dose of nitrogen. While this is great news for a gardener dealing with nitrogen deficient soil, this also makes this manure very “hot.” Plants, especially young plants, that come into contact with fresh chicken manure will be “burned” by the nitrogen content and will quickly wither. Fortunately, there are several good methods for appropriately aging chicken manure for use as a fantastic natural fertilizer.

Composting

Chicken manure is a superstar for composting. It can be added to an existing compost bin, but does just fine combined with carbon-based matter such as fallen leaves or dry grass clipping and left in a pile or corralled in chicken wire bins. Left unattended, the compost will be ready for use as fertilizer in 6-12 months. Turned occasionally, waiting time is reduced to just 4-6 months.

Manure “Tea”Composting is one of the important function in the nature which replenishes the soil with essential elements to support life on earth. Composting is a simple but complicated process. People have aversion for composting just because of lack of understanding.


We make waste and throw it outside just because we are less imaginative, less creative and do not bother about others. In my previous video on landfill you can see the plight of a village which is being dumped with waste from a city. Dont we feel ashamed of it? Dont feel inhumane?

Let us do composting at home / work. It is simple, joyful and creative. It is a big step towards building a zero waste society. I made this video to encourage people who are living in cities and always complain about lack of space for doing something. We have to find space in our mind. Then it can work even in a pot! Unleash your creativity and enthusiasm to contribute to save our Planet!

Fill a burlap sack with manure and weigh it down with a couple of bricks or a large rock. Place the sack in a large plastic trash can and fill the can with water. This can be a little messy, but reduces your wait time to just 3-4 weeks and yields a nutrient-packed brine than can be used to treat garden soil or water individual plants.

We all know that a good dose of manure or compost is the perfect Rx for your garden and yard. We also know the local garden store charges a steep price for brewing manure and compost tea. Well, worry no longer, we’ll show you how to brew up your own Manure and Compost tea, quickly, easily and cheaply in a five gallon bucket with just a little cheese cloth.

Off-Season Tilling

If your garden plot will be left dormant in cooler months, fresh manure can be spread over the soil at a ratio of approximately 50 pounds per 100 square feet once the fall harvest is complete. Till the plot to turn the manure into the soil. The soil will be ready to be tilled again in the spring, already packed with nutrients provided by your own backyard flock. Allow 3-4 months for the soil to temper before planting.

Compost! Everybody’s Doing It!100 Things You Can (and Should) Compost

I consider composting a sacred act. A person who composts thoughtfully is a shepherd over the transformation from death into life. Without the holy cycle of decay and rebirth that the composter harnesses for her garden, life on this planet could not exist.

For your soil, there is no better ingredient than compost, whether you till it into your garden beds or use it as mulch around shrubs and trees, it is considered essential to organic and sustainable food production. Once it’s in the soil, finished compost—or humus—increases fertility, adds both micro- and macronutrients, buffers pH, prevents diseases, and improves soil structure.

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11 Vegetable Diseases An Aid to Identification and Control

Actually, dozens of diseases may afflict a vegetablegarden, but fungus, bacterial,  viral and environmental factors that cause root rot are the most common to vegetable gardens planted across the United States. Diseases caused by fungus are among the most prevalent to plague vegetable garden planters and growers, and can turn a once thriving and flourishing garden into a disaster.

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