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How to Grow Basil the EASY Way

I have a confession, I am not a basil growing expert and I pretty much put no effort into my basil patch. It smells nice and we freaking love us some pesto and other basil heavy dishes so we need a lot of it. But that’s sort of where the passion ends. Basil is a means to an end to me. And you know what? I think that’s fine. It’s a leafy herb and it pretty much grows like a weed if you let it and just don’t sweat the small stuff....

May 16, 2023 · 6 min · Nextdoor Homestead

How to Plant and Grow Healthy Strawberries in Containers and Pots

It has been a long, cold, and dreary Spring here in the garden and we are so very ready for some sun! And I don’t think any plant better symbolizes Summer sun than the humble strawberry. So let me show you exactly how to plant strawberries into containers for years of delicious homegrown berries. In this article, we’ll cover everything from the soil that is optimal for strawberries, container types that keep them healthy, to feeding and watering strawberry plants for the biggest harvests....

May 16, 2023 · 6 min · Nextdoor Homestead

How to Plant Healthy Blueberry Plants in ANY Soil

Blueberries are one of the most challenging edible plants to grow successfully for us home gardeners. They require a ridiculously acidic soil, they’re prone to both heat and cold damage, and they don’t set fruit very well in isolation. Additionally, their roots are shallow, bad at taking up water, and not very good at penetrating dirt. You know, the things we normally associate with roots! And a lot of that is simply because wild blueberries (and there are many different species) that were cultivated into modern varieties originally evolved to thrive in places like dense woody thickets, swampy bogs and rocky barrens....

May 16, 2023 · 12 min · Nextdoor Homestead

How to Grow the Healthiest Pepper Plants in Containers: From Seed to Harvest

What if you could harvest hundreds or even thousands of peppers throughout the season by growing just a handful of plants in just a few containers? Well with the right pepper strategy, you can! Sweet pepper or hot pepper, it doesn’t matter because they both grow marvelously in pots. Let’s look at how to do just that, from seed to harvest. Select An Incredible Pepper Variety Start with a packet of seeds from a pepper variety you’re spectacularly excited to grow....

May 10, 2023 · 13 min · Nextdoor Homestead

These are the 8 EASIEST Vegetables to Grow for Begginer Gardeners!

I recently discovered that most lists of the easiest vegetables to grow are actually just copies of the most popular vegetables to grow. Which would be fine except things like tomatoes, cabbage, and carrots are on all those lists and are, in fact, not easy to grow! They’re very manageable plants but in no world are those the easiest veggies to get started with. So today I want to share with you the actual easiest to grow plants I’ve cultivated in the garden that meet all those criteria....

May 10, 2023 · 9 min · Nextdoor Homestead