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While there's nothing like picking your own groceries from the backyard, the only currency being your work, seed, soil, and water, there's nothing quite like staring at jars of home canned goodies, dehydrated foods, and even bags of frozen pesto or berries for later jam and jelly making.
All of that begins right now, or depending upon your growing season, with in the next month or so. This may be my favorite time of year. I think I say that about each season as it comes though.
Most of us are pretty familiar with planting a basic vegetable garden for preserving or putting up food. In episode #83 How Much to Plant for a Years Worth of Food we discuss the best vegetables and how much to put in if you're going pioneer style and want to try and grow as much as your own food for a year. Click Here for our FREE Chart-How Much to Plant for a Year's Worth of Food
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I get asked a lot about growing your own food without pesticides and chemicals. I can't stand the thought of spraying chemicals to kill things onto the food I'm going to be eating or feeding my family.
Today we're going to dive into companion planting and the best plants to put in to double as companions as well as your preserving. Because this homesteader expects her plants to work just as hard as she does and performing two functions at once is pretty awesome.
Companion planting is simply knowing which plants help others and planting them nearby to be good friends to one another.
Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening This book is a classic when it comes to teaching you the ins and outs of companion planting for natural gardening success!
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.