Light Your Own Fire

Our Homestead, Personal Development
During last year's site redesign, I found this article written by someone that silently mentored me during the beginning website design years I spend online before 2000's bust. He is inspirational and his ideas are timeless and don't require a particular topic to be applicable. Goals, ideas, dreams, whether they are about securing the safe future of our food or getting your new baby asparagus through their first year without someone eating them all can be lost track of in the hubbub of everyday life. I am reprinting this for the blog because it inspired me all over again when I found it. Enjoy! No matter what goal we're trying to achieve, we all get a little discouraged with our progress from time to time. Hey, no problem! That only…
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How to Grow Carrots Organically

How to Grow Carrots Organically

Growing Food
Roots of many plants, like carrots are "storage" places, so if you are going to eat them, grow carrots organically. You don't want icky pesticide poison stored in your food! Okay, so my friend grew up in Mississippi and says "I've never seen uglier carrots than you grew last year!" I said, "you are just used to 'perfect' supermarket carrots and not much in a home garden can mimic the perfect (says who?) shape of supermarket produce. I didn't like how defensive I sounded... but she was right. The carrots in my hand were not pretty. Tasty, but not pretty. They had large splits that ran from top to bottom and the tops were bright green and strongly flavored. I don't talk a lot about varieties, I grab seeds from…
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Growing Carrots and Food Security

Growing Carrots and Food Security

Food Supply
Gardening is about food security. I don't talk a lot about varieties, I grab seeds from the Farm Supply store, read about them seed catalogs, and various websites, and work very often with trial and error. That is the sum total of how I write, how my garden works. You can read and read, but nothing in the world prepares a person to grow their own food like hands on growing. Like Nike said, "Just do it!" It is the only way. However, rather than get off on a long discourse on the necessity of organic gardening, let me write simply about getting started. Much could be said about gardening. When I read, then review books for this website, I often think that next to love and religion, this is…
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Growth Requirements for Common Herbs

Herb Gardening
Different herbs have different growth requirements to flourish. The growing environment that will cause one herb to grow plentiful for you will cause another to languish. The table below will help you find the right spot for the right herb. HERB LIGHT SOIL HEIGHT PROPAGATION HARDINESS Angelica Angelica archangelica Biennial Best in cool climates Light shade Moist soil 72 inches Seed in fall Hardy AnisePimpinella anisum Annual Alkaline soil Bright Well drained 18 to 24 inches Seed in spring Half hardy Basil, sweet Ocimum basilicum Annual Excellent for pots. Bright Moist soil 18 inches Seed in spring Tender Bay, sweetLaurus nobilis Woody perennial For containers. Topiary. Light shade Well drained 48+ inches Cuttings Tender Borage Borago officinalis Annual Often self-Seeds. Bright Dry soil 24 to 36 inches Seed in spring…
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