Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills
“The Art of Watering Plants”

It’s amazing how hard it can seem sometimes to keep your plants happy. It depends so much on watering, from when you water, how much, how often, and even what soil type you have! So I thought I’d put together this little primer for you on the art of watering plants to keep you ahead of the game this gardening season. Let me know if you have any tips in […]

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“The Best Edible Flowers to Grow In Your Garden”

A handful of edible flowers sprinkled over a summer salad is a sensory experience. Tossed into a cocktail, it elevates a summer evening. On a creamy panna cotta, it is pure magic. So don’t neglect to plant flowers in your garden this year—just make sure they are edible ones! Here are some beauties to consider, which in my opinion are the best edible flowers to grow in your garden this […]

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“How To Create A Vertical Garden”

If you live in an urban area or a dwelling without any land, you have more space than you might think. Is your rooftop flat and easily accessible? Does the fence along your building have a little bit of dirt to plant some pole beans? Does your fire escape have space for a planter box or a few round containers? How about your windowsill or driveway? There are plenty of options […]

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“The Best Herbs to Grow In Your Garden This Spring”

Fresh herbs absolutely transform any dish. Even a humdrum frozen meal can be made into something worthwhile with a scattering of fresh herbs on top. And there is something about picking your morning brew for tea fresh from the windowsill that sets a good tempo for the day. They will also add vibrancy to very plain, repetitive foods, and are thus useful to dry and store to have on hand, […]

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“How to Build a Raised Bed”

A raised bed is simply a mound of well-prepared soil, ready for planting, that is raised above the ground. Raised beds are especially useful when the garden soil is not ideal. You can even add a raised bed where there was no soil to begin with, on a patio or driveway where the beds can be contained with wooden boards or rocks. Planting vegetables and fruits this way can be […]

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“How To Mix Your Own Soil”

We’ve been talking a lot about gardening here lately, and for good reason — hello Spring! From garden designs to getting your yard ready and breaking down exactly what you should grow, none of these is really possible without the proper nutrient dense SOIL. When it comes to soil it is definitely not a one size fits all case, and when it comes to living a self-sufficient lifestyle you need good soil […]

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“How to Create an Essential Home Toolbox”

No matter how handy you are, everyone needs a few tools for a little self-sufficiency around the apartment or house. As the weather continues to warm up, we always get inspired to do more around the house and garden. Right now, Georgia is sanding doors for a new coat of exterior paint and building window boxes for some miniature boxwoods that will serve as a privacy screen. We’ll show you […]

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“How To Purify Your Water”

You never know where life’s adventures will take you, whether you’re lost in the woods or stuck in your apartment during a power outage or hurricane. With the weather warming up we are definitely longing to get out and go for those longer hikes and camping adventures, (see our tips for bringing your dogs along HERE). One of the biggest benefits of living a self-sufficient lifestyle is the confidence and power that […]

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“Garden Designs for Every Backyard”

This is your guide for how to do more with less, to delight in your little patch of garden behind your home or in your back alley. Making the most of what have all comes down to taking the time to do your prep work and planning your design. We touched on some tips on designing an efficient garden, HERE, and as promised G is sharing her sure-fire garden design solutions, so you […]

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“Here’s What You Should Plant in Your Garden this Year”

Deciding what you should plant in your garden this year can be daunting, there are so many splendid options. The key to choosing your plants is to make a gardening plan that inspires you and to keep to that plan when you march off to the gardening store. Every plant can be alluring when you are hungry to grow. Before you buy, consider the following questions to make the most […]

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