Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills

Steps to Growing Seedlings

I just took a bite of my first radish that I started from seed and it was so satisfying! So I thought I’d share the steps to growing seedlings with you so you can experience the same satisfaction this season. It’s so easy to practice manual literacy my friends, and you won’t regret it. To unlock a seed from its dormancy, it needs four things: water, light, oxygen, and the […]

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How To Turn Your Raised Bed into a Greenhouse

Now that you’ve learned how to build your own raised beds, here’s how to turn your raised bed into a greenhouse! Creating a semi-permanent greenhouse can increase your garden yield and stretch your growing season a few more precious weeks. The best part of these is, once summer heats up and your plants are well established, you can remove the plastic sheeting. When the weather turns colder, simply roll it […]

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Fabulous and Unlikely Growing Containers

Yesterday you read my post on the Advantages of Container Gardening. So today I thought I’d share some inspiration for how to make your container garden fun and whimsical in the form of fabulous and unlikely growing containers! After all, it is hard to make a horde of plastic containers look stylish, so here are some other ideas to try. Fabulous and Unlikely Growing Containers: A Bag of Planting Mix […]

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Advantages of Container Gardening

As you know, I recently completed an apartment renovation and am finally getting to the outside space. I did a complete outdoor makeover which I’m excited to share with you in a future post. I focused entirely on container gardening which has yielded amazing and beautiful results. From sunflowers to tomatoes and radishes, peppers, strawberries and kale. Not to mention cascading rosemary and creeping thyme. It’s amazing what you can […]

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How to Preserve Your Own Herbs

I wrote to you recently about the best herbs to grow in your garden this Spring. After all that work, do you know How to Preserve Your Own Herbs? Well today I’m going to break it down for ya. There are several ways to preserve your herbs for the cold months when there is less flavor variety available in your garden. The preserved herbs will be in their best state […]

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How to Upgrade Your Flower Arrangements

Some friends recently hosted a party for me and they really knocked my socks off. One gal said: “I wanted to make the flower arrangements wild like you.” She went to the wholesale flower market and picked her favorite flowers and then did the most amazing thing: she upcycled some basic glass vases and wrapped them in some craft paper along with some twine. It created such a perfect vibe. […]

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How to Create a Pocket-Sized 48-Hour Survival Toolkit

As you know, I’m pretty keen on knowing a few basic survival skills, from How to Find Your Way Without a Compass to How to Start a Fire Without Matches. Today I’m going to show How to Create a Pocket-Sized 48-Hour Survival Toolkit, and guess what I put it in….? An upcycled Altoids tin! A travel-sized kit that fits in a pocket, purse or glove compartment, is truly useful. A recycled Altoids […]

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Garden Crop Rotation

Garden crop rotation is essential for gardening through the years. Even though it is tempting to repeat your garden pattern year after year, it is best to give vegetables of the same family a new spot in the garden or containers each year. This will ensure that any lingering pests and diseases won’t be in the soil and that the new plant will have a strong start in the garden. These […]

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How to Weed By Not Weeding

This is my favorite way to deal with weeds when the season begins—no uprooting required! It saves you time and also increases worm activity in your soil so that if you do eventually want to work the soil, it is soft and pliable. You will need a lot of cardboard, which you can often get for free at bike shops, grocery stores, and random Dumpsters near you. Alternatively, you can […]

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DIY Floating Shelf

I recently completed an apartment renovation and there was so much that I learned. One of my favorite parts were the finishing elements to make a blank space feel homey. Some of my crazy woodworking projects in the past have been super popular on this website, so I thought I’d share another one with you today! This one, a DIY Floating Shelf, is much easier, and a fun weekend project […]

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