Pioneering Today-4 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds in the Garden

One of the things I love about the pioneer lifestyle is they didn’t let things go to waste like we do in modern society. They reused old clothes as patches for other items or quilts. And there’s one thing at our house that we have plenty of-coffee.

The coffee grounds you see below are called toddy grounds. It’s a finely ground coffee that you allow to soak in cold water for 12 hours. It has 67% less acid than hot brewed coffee and doesn’t bother my ulcer or stomach. It has the same amount of caffeine and I can heat it up if I want a hot cup of coffee. It stores in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and is the only way I can drink coffee. But regular hot brewed coffee will serve your purposes just the same. :) 4 Tips to ReUse Coffee Grounds in the Garden @MelissaKNorris

The pioneers re-used everything and one thing most north westerners have plenty of in their home is coffee grounds. We enjoy a good cup of coffee on a daily, if not hourly, basis. Don’t toss those old grounds when you’re done with them. In true pioneer fashion, we’re going to put them to good use. 4 ways used coffee grounds benefit your garden and plants.Tweet this Continue reading

My Heirloom Gardening Guide-Plant to Save Money Ebook is Out!!

I’m so excited to announce the release of my new ebook Heirloom Gardening Guide-Plant to Save Money. Not only do I feel it’s a valuable resource for folks wanting to grow heirloom plants, become more self-sustainable, and preserve their own food, but it’s FREE!HeirloomBook3D

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Is the Bible Against GMO Gardening?

Chances are you’ve heard the term GMO (genetically modified organism) lately. In most cases this is in reference to scientists and major farmers growing plants that have been genetically modified. This is very different from hybrid seeds. Genetically modified seeds are injected with DNA from completely unrelated species. I’m talking animal cells, bacteria, and even

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Pioneering Today-Preparing a New Garden Bed

The deeper your pioneer roots go, the more you’ll want to plant. After planting our garlic bulbs in raised beds for two years, we’ve decided we want to plant more.

If you need to enlarge or create a new garden bed, fall is the perfect time to get started.

When you’re starting with lawn, lay a heavy and dark tarp over the grass. Make sure to weigh it down. Don’t use white or clear, the light will still get through and you’ll create a greenhouse effect instead of killing the grass.

Killing the grass for a new garden bed

Leave the tarp down for at least two weeks. Lift up a corner to make sure the grass is dying. It’s best to do this in the fall when grass is already beginning to go into dormancy.  Continue reading

Pioneering Today-Heirloom Seed Saving and Gardening

My vegetable garden provides me with great enjoyment. I feel immense satisfaction from planting a seed, watching it grow, and produce. I wonder if God feels that way about us?

I also like knowing my family is eating healthy food, untouched by chemicals, and who knows what else on its way to the store. Plus, I get to harvest my food at its peak for best taste and freshness.

It’s a lot of work. Doing most things from the ground up is. But it’s worth it.

Right now is the perfect time to order your seeds if you don’t already seed save. Heirloom seeds are seeds left as God made them, untouched by the hand of science. This means you can save the seed from the plant and it will grow the following year. Money in your pocket and independence from the stores.

When going through seed catalogs you may run across the term open-pollination. Open-pollinated, also known as heirloom or standard, are plant varieties that have stable traits from one generation to the next. Plants that open-pollinate will be pollinated from other plants within a mile radius via the wind and insects.

So, if you don’t want your plant to pollinate with the neighbors, then you might have a problem. But, you can always cull the plants that start to drift from the “original” or you might end up liking the cross better. And you will still be able to save the seed, as hybrids don’t cross-pollinate and are sterile.

Beans, lettuce, peas, and tomatoes are self-pollinating so you don’t have to worry about these usually.

We use Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (no kickbacks, just love ‘em). If you’re concerned about GMO seeds, I’ve got you covered. Heirloom seeds can’t be GMO seeds, but for more information on the difference between heirloom, hybrid, and GMO, sign up for my email list and get my book, Heirloom Gardening Guide-Planting to Save Money for free!

Many times, you can find small local farms that sell heirloom starts that are acclimated for your area.

Hybrid seeds mean they’ve been crossed within their same species by scientists in a lab. They are usually sterile and are not candidates for seed saving.

Organic seeds mean they have been grown and collected where no synthetic pesticides or chemicals have been used. Certified organic also means they cannot be genetically modified.

My husband’s is corn on the cob, but I love a good fresh tomato.

Do you have any tips for heirloom gardening or seed saving? What’s your favorite vegetable, the one you can’t wait for it to ripen and bite into, juices dripping down your chin?

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