Before Grocery Stores…

“Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.” ~ Alexis de Tocqueville ~

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11 Unique, Lightning-Fast Vegetables You Can STILL Grow From Seed

Written by: Mary Dyer Survival Gardening [ repost: http://www.offthegridnews.com/survival-gardening-2/11-unique-lightning-fast-vegetables-you-can-still-plant-from-seed/  ]   By the time August ends, your vegetable garden likely has a number of bare spots. This is a good thing, indeed, and a sign that the bounty of a successful harvest has enriched your dinner table and replenished your cupboards and freezer for the …

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Seed Saving 101: How to Save Seeds

Seed Saving 101: How to Save Seeds Preserve your harvest from year to year with these easy seed-saving basics. [repost: http://www.motherearthliving.com/vegetable-gardening/seed-saving-how-to-save-seeds.aspx?newsletter=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=03.03.16%20MEL&utm_term=MEL%20eNews%5D By Tabitha Alterman September/October 2011 Growing an organic garden from seeds you saved yourself is the ultimate in gardening self-reliance. But that’s only one reason to take up this hobby. In addition to the …

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Growing Broad Beans

Broad Beans, lima beans, fava beans and horse beans are a staple in our diet.  They are meaty, chocked full of flavor and frankly, delicious.  Do not eat them raw though... They are excellent cooked with deep flavored herbs such as sage, oregano, rosemary and thyme. Sow In early January; sow Broad Beans seeds indoors …

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How BIG a Backyard Do You Need?

Interesting... When Summer turns to Fall and the air is crisp, my mind drifts to the planning stage.  For those at the exciting beginning stage of homesteading, this is for you! Here is a fun graphic to illustrate how much land you need to live off and be self sufficient.

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Growing Radishes

Radishes are under-utilized in our diet. Radishes are good source of vitamin C, folate, riboflavin, thiamine, iron, magnesium, copper and calcium.  They are also full of anti-oxidants, phytochemicals, electrolytes and dietary fiber.  Radishes can be grown year-round; just select the right variety for the season.  There are over 200 varieties of radish, so pick and …

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Powerhouse Fruit & Vegetables

Top 40 Powerhouse Fruit and Vegetables

These nutrient dense fruit and vegetables provide 10% or more of the daily value of seventeen nutrients such as: potassium, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K.  These nutrients reduce the risk of chronic disease.  Cook some up or eat raw today! (most …

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