Green Thumb Series Part 3- How Planting Zone and Weather Affects your Garden

How Planting Zone and Weather Affects your Garden

This is an ongoing series, Part 1 is here, Part 2 is here. As a green thumb you need to know what you can plant, when you can plant it, and how to give certain plants special care if the growing zone is not quite right for it. Each plant has its own specific requirements some are pickier than others, and some very hardy and can tolerate just about anything. Learning what you can plant is only one part of the equation, you must also learn when to plant it. Planting Zones There are several ... [ Read More ]

Green Thumb Series – Part 2 Finding the Right Location

Green Thumb Series - Part 2 Finding the Right Location

As we discussed in part 1 of the green thumb series soil can almost always be amended to make it viable for growing a garden. What is more difficult is finding the right location for your garden. While gardening of some type can be done almost anywhere, there are plenty of variables that can affect where and what you grow. Plants need 3 things in order to grow, light, water, and good dirt. The location you choose for your garden can be watered, the soil can be amended but you must consider ... [ Read More ]

Green Thumb Series – Part 1 Making Sure You Have Good Soil

Green Thumb Series - Part 1 Making Sure You Have Good Soil

  I hear the term I have a brown thumb from people all the time. I would hear it a lot when people would stop to admire my gardens, and ask me how I did it. I never really knew what to say to them, and when people would comment on what a green thumb I had, I would wonder what makes me different than everyone else. I suspect that growing plants is a lot like art, the secret is that anyone can do it, if they take the time to learn how. This series is dedicated to all of the things that ... [ Read More ]

Recovering and Passing on Lost Skills

Recovering and Passing on Lost Skills

  As a culture we tend to live in the moment. While in one sense this is not a bad thing, when living in the moment means not thinking about potential outcomes in our future, we are at risk of leaving our children ill-prepared to meet their future. History shows that disasters do happen, and when they do, will future generations have the skills they need to weather those disasters? I have heard so many people say, that will never happen…. Perhaps not in our lifetime, but eventually? ... [ Read More ]

How Long is Long Enough for Emergency Preparedness?

How Long Should You Prepare for an Emergency

  February is emergency preparedness month here at Old Fashioned Families, I will be sharing a post at least once a week about being prepared, and we will be talking about preparedness on the forums which you can visit here. Disasters come in all sizes and shapes and can happen anytime or anywhere. This is a topic that we should all pay attention to no matter where we live, but there is plenty of debate as to how much preparedness we should engage in. At one extreme there are those ... [ Read More ]

5 Tips For Organizing and Keeping Track of your Garden Tools

5 Tips For Organizing and Keeping Track of your Garden Tools

      Late winter and early spring is the perfect time to think about all of the important tasks that need to be done before the gardening season gets started. I usually start thinking about my gardens right around Christmas, and start planning in earnest right after the first of the year. While it is too early to even consider planting anything, it is not too early to get all of your tools organized and do any maintenance on them they might need. There is a post here ... [ Read More ]

Gifts for Your Favorite Furry and Feathered Friends

Gifts for Your Favorite Furry and Feathered Friends

      I don’t know about you but I like to include the feathered and furry friends in my Christmas planning. They may not know it is Christmas but they certainly appreciate the thought you put into the extras you get for them. It is also a great way to teach kids compassion and love for all living beings. In addition to donating to your local animal shelter or charity program that helps keep pets fed and in their homes, don’t forget to add a little something extra to ... [ Read More ]

40 Free or Cheap Kindle Books for Your Home and Homestead

40 Free and Cheap Home and Homesteading Books

  I know not all of you homesteaders will agree with me, but I LOVE kindle. Don't get me wrong…. There is nothing like the feel of a real book in my hands and I am not an advocate of paper books going away. That said, even if you are a firm opponent of kindle books, hear me out. There are a ton of good reasons why you should learn to enjoy kindle books. First of all, kindle books are almost always cheaper than the paper versions. Even better you can get a lot of kindle books for free ... [ Read More ]

Taken a Long Break

View From My Front Yard

  I have taken a long break from the blog, and for good reason. This past spring, after realizing that our small farm homesteading dreams were not working out the way we wanted them to, we made the decision to make a very important move. When we moved to the east coast 9 years ago, it did not take long before we realized that it was not right for us. We have spent much of the last 9 years debating whether to move back or not. We finally made the decision this past spring to do so, and ... [ Read More ]