The Indestructible DIY Tomato Trellis

I’ve finally found it:  A tomato trellis that won’t blow over or collapse under the weight of my tomato plants.  And it’s made from common materials from the hardware store and uses just a few common tools. [Read more…]

So God Made a Farmer

This site is called “The Petite Farmstead,” and I occasionally call myself a farmer.  But I’m not a real farmer.  I love growing things, especially food, and my garden is much larger than average, but I am no farmer.  I have the joy and privilege of living amongst real farmers and ranchers, and they are truly the salt of the earth.  [Read more…]

How to Build an Easy DIY Grow Light for Seedlings

Have you ever started your growing season with glee, only to be disappointed by spindly, weak seedlings? Don’t give up!  You might be missing one critical factor in your seed-starting process: light.  You can fix that problem by building an easy DIY grow light for seedlings.  Simple, affordable parts from your local hardware store will do the trick.

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Make Your Morning Coffee More Fun

Creature Cups by Yumi Yumi give you an extra jolt with your morning coffee — but it’s not from caffeine! [Read more…]

Helpful Resources for Seed Starting & Spring Garden Planning

Garden planning can be daunting, especially when you’re a newbie.  What to plant?  When should I start it indoors?  When to transplant?  What the heck is an average last frost date?  These resources make it easy to know exactly what you should plant and when for your region.   [Read more…]

Friday harvest @ The Petite Farmstead

After a late start with a wet, cold, rainy spring, we’re finally starting to see some veggies here at The Petite Farmstead. [Read more…]

6 Handmade Gift Ideas for the Gardener in your Life

Because I love you guys, I’ve rounded up some fun, useful, and sustainable gifts for that petite farmsteader in your life over at etsy.com.   [Read more…]

Attack of the Killer Ladybugs (Plus 9 Other Natural Ways to Get Rid of Aphids)

It’s official: for the first time in my current garden location, I have aphids.  That’s the bad news.  The good news: they’re only interested in my sunflowers (so far). This led me to do some research on some natural ways to get rid of aphids. [Read more…]

Easy & Free DIY Weed Barrier

Weeds are the bane of any home farmer’s existence.  You can pull them, but it seems like they grow back twice as fast.  You can spray them, but risk killing your veggies in the process. And who needs all those chemicals anyway?  Here’s an easy way to prevent weeds, use less water, and fertilize your garden for cheap or even free.
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Rhubarb: How to get the most from your harvest

Rhubarb.  It’s hard to find a person in my circle of friends that doesn’t love it.  But what do you do with it?   [Read more…]