Every year, it’s always the same. The moment it’s nice enough to get outdoors, the mosquitoes come to ruin your fun. The sprays and lanterns are great for taking on camping trips, but when you’re in your backyard, there are more natural alternatives to getting rid of those pests. Grow some plants that repel mosquitoes or make your own mosquito-repellent candle to add some mood lighting to your backyard.
For a homesteader or someone that wants to be more self-sustaining, a compost pile is a must have. One bin can improve the health of your garden, increase your crop yield, and reduce your families waste. You can purchase different styles of compost bins or make them yourself. To get you started, I’ll tell you how to make a quick, simple compost bin and share a few tips for composting success.
Anxious to get started in the garden? I know I am! You don’t have to wait until the weather is perfect. Get a jump start on growing by starting seeds in late winter. You can plant all kinds of flowers and veggies inside, let them grow, and move them outdoors when the weather is right. Today, I’ll cover what plants are great for winter sowing and what supplies you’ll need to get started.
When you visit your local Farmers Market, the sheer quantity and variety can become overwhelming. It’s easy to buy too much or too little, pay too much, or leave with something you don’t use. To celebrate National Farmers Market Week, August 6-12, 2017, we’re here to help with these pro tips! Follow these instructions to make the most out of your next visit to your local Farmers Market.
1. Know What’s In Season
Following in-season charts like this one from the USDA or this one from EWG.org will keep your expectations realistic and will help you eat the freshest produce year round. Seeking oranges in Colorado or pineapple in Georgia in summer, for example, will probably lead to disappointment. On the other hand, knowing what’s in season can open up entirely new types of produce that your family may love!
If you have so much produce from your garden that you don’t know what to do with it all, I’ve found some fresh recipes to help!
Cheesy Bacon Stuffed Mini Peppers
- 6 mini sweet peppers, sliced in half, seeds and membranes removed
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 2 Tablespoons green onions, sliced
- 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese + extra for topping
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- chopped cilantro for topping, optional