Simple Start: Home Gardener’s Seed Collection

Are you overwhelmed when it comes time to pick out seeds to start your home garden? Check out the Home Gardener’s Collection from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds: 20 packets of heirloom seeds + a garden planner for $40. [Read more…]

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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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…]

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…]