Urban Homesteading: Starting a vegetable and herb garden

Planting a garden is super easy, and can be done even if you have no yard, and just a small space with some sun. I can’t even keep houseplants alive, and last year grew enough vegetables to keep me stocked for about four months straight in a single 12×5’ vegetable plot! If you're thinking, “WHOA! This is way too hard for me, I don’t think I can manage this.” It’s okay, I’ll be gentle…

Learning how to prune my everbearing raspberries

The tricky thing about everbearing raspberries is that, unlike summer-bearing raspberries that produce one big crop in late summer, these plants give two smaller crops per year. You can pretty much prune summer-bearing raspberries all the way to the ground in the winter, but if you want both crops from the everbearing, you have to know which canes to cut to the ground and which to prune back carefully and by how much.

How to start from seed

I've got a lot of seeds I haven't used up from the past two or three years, and I promised myself I wouldn't buy more until I've used what I've got. With such a variety of ages and sources, there's no telling what will make it to harvest, especially with the older seeds. But it's either throw them away or throw them in dirt to see what happens. Here's my general plan of attack for starting anything from seed…

Rescuing already-sprouted tulip bulbs

A spell of weirdly warm weather got me rummaging around in my little gardening closet, and I stumbled across something that would fill any home gardener with horror. I'd completely forgotten that I had bought a bunch of tulip and hyacinth bulbs late last summer.