GMO Seeds Vs Hybrid Seeds

By Amber | Sep 9, 2015 | 4 Comments
GMO Seeds vs Hybrid Seeds

Heirloom and Organic Seeds: How are they all different?

There are endless discussions surrounding GMO seeds vs hybrid seeds. There is also confusion surrounding heirloom (AKA heritage seeds) and organic seeds. We could talk about all the issues surrounding these hot topic for hours. However, the goal for this article is to clear up the confusion surrounding these terms.

Sifting through all the information on GMO seeds vs hybrid seeds can be overwhelming. It’s often hard to tell the truth from corporate America fiction. Let’s blow away the smoke and take an honest, simple look at these terms.

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5 Tips For Dealing With Volunteer Plants

By Amber | Aug 19, 2015 | 4 Comments

I didn’t pull my volunteer plants this year. Don’t be shocked. I admit I have a problem. Yes, I have a problem pulling any live plant. I know in my head it needs to be done for the overall health of the garden and especially when thinning a crop. I blame my grandfather. He had trouble pulling up live plants too. His reasons were related to what the plant might produce. He lived by the “get it while you can because you don’t know when a crop will fail” experience. To help me with this “problem”, my husband and I came up with 5 guidelines for determining if a plant should be pulled or allowed to live.

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Basic Guide to Saving Seed From Your Garden

By Amber | Jul 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
Basic Guide to Saving Seed From Your Garden

Saving your own seeds can be scary, especially to a gardener who hasn’t done this before, or for long. So many questions come to mind: “How,” “What,” and “What if,”…. These are put to rest with good information, some trial, and, of course, some error. Don’t worry, I’m going to share with you just how to save seeds from your garden harvest.

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How To Grow and Preserve Pumpkins

By Amber | Jun 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Great Pumpkin

I love growing, preserving, and using pumpkins almost as much as I do sweet potatoes! I like the simplicity of starting them from seed, transplanting them into the garden, and then leaving them there until the rest of harvest rush is over. Pumpkins just sit in the garden until the vines have dried up. You can even leave them there until just before it freezes. It’s so fun to walk through the pumpkin patch and look at all the different sizes and shapes. They store well, preserve easily, and are a great food for all livestock.

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Basic Gardening For U.S. Growing Zone 8

By Amber | Feb 18, 2015 | 10 Comments

We’re in the Deep South, that’s growing zone 8 here in the U.S., so we have a nice long growing season. I pretty much have a garden year around. One thing that I really appreciate about our long growing season is that it affords us lots of room for trial and error. We can replant or redo something we tried and failed at, usually with success. This past year (2014), we lost our first tomato planting due to the heavy spring rains, but we were able to replant and enjoy a wonderful harvest. On the down side of that, it also gives the grass and weeds a long time to regroup and try a new frontal attack.

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All Garden Seeds Are Not Created Equal

By Amber | Dec 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

A Seed is a Seed is a Seed…Right? Wrong! All garden seeds are not created equal. I know there are so many people who are unaware of the GMO issue. Many people choose not to listen, not to ask questions, not to put in the time for research. It even seems there are those who choose to accept the propaganda and like the ostrich, bury their head in the proverbial sand.

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The Realities and Joys of Farmsteading

By Amber | Dec 2, 2014 | 2 Comments
Creek in Woods

The realities and joys of farmsteading are often a bittersweet mix. If you are new to the farming lifestyle, then you may not have experienced much of this. If you have been farming for a while, then you are all too  familiar with these. So often people begin farming and quickly become overwhelmed by what…

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Tips for Digging and Storing Sweet Potatoes

By Amber | Oct 24, 2014 | 11 Comments

I love sweet potatoes. Everything about them is wonderful to me. They are one of the most nutritious foods you can grow in your garden. The old timers say they help you keep your night vision and prevent cancer. Modern science has proven them right. They are a power house of nutrition and energy!

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Seed Saving Savvy

By Amber | Aug 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Saving your own seeds can be scary, especially to a farmer who hasn’t done this before, or for long. Even after all these years, I still hope I am doing it right and that they are viable. There are so many questions: “How…,”  “What can I…,” “What if…,”  all of these can be put to…

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Harvest Time Begins

By Amber | Jul 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Volunteer Okra in Zinnias

Here on the farm, harvest is in full swing; just as I am sure it is with you.  We have had the wettest year here for at least the past 9 years. Instead of putting the soaker hoses out in May, we put them out in July and then have only used them once!  This…

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