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Saving time in the garden is important, because modern homesteaders need all the time they can get for preserving, crafting and some time enjoying their haven.
One of the things that all of us wants is to have is a beautiful crop from whatever it is we’re planting. We want to get the most produce that we possibly can out of the things that we’ve put in, and we want them to be healthy plants.
Healthy plants are going to produce us more crops and require a lot less work and time. I don’t think there’s any of us who have a whole lot of time laying around or who want to do more work than is necessary. Now, as homesteaders, we’re not afraid of work, but we don’t want to add any extra when we don’t have to.
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Soaker hoses- I’ve had this same hose for over 4 years now and it’s still going strong.
Episode #142 Edible & Medicinal Weeds in Your Backyard– How to Harvest, Cook & Preserve Them
Watering is obviously really important to our plants so we don’t want to forget about that. But first let me say:
When you are watering with your plants, there is a balance.
Mistake # 1 Too much water. This can actually be harmful to your plants, especially to tomatoes and some other things that don’t like to be overly wet.
Mistake # 2 Not enough water. When it comes to tomatoes, making sure that the watering is adequate is really important in order for the tomato to grow and to draw up the nutrients into the plant. This allows us to avoid blossom-end rot and blight.
Blight is a fungus and can wipe out an entire crop. It can also live in the soil, so you really want to prevent that. This means that excess overhead watering, AKA rain or overhead sprinklers, can have a negative effect and can lead to blight.
Solution: Soaker hoses(I’ve had this exact hose for over 4 years). These are basically a porous hose that leaks out just a small amount of water, kind of like a drip irrigation, it weeps the water out of your hose and into the ground. Some benefits of soaker hoses are:
When you use a soaker hose, you’re just watering at the ground, so you’re not getting water and moisture all over the foliage, which is really what we want.
It’s much better if you can do a deep watering a couple of times a week versus trying to water every single day.
Try going vertical, it has many advantages and we use this on our homestead even though we have a lot of space. You can fit more stuff into a small amount of space. Some plants require trellising in order to be prolific and in order to actually grow. An example is pole beans. If you do not give it a trellis system, it won’t grow and you’re not going to get nearly the amount of harvest from it.
The best time to put them in is at the time of planting. There’s a couple of reasons for this.
You’re going to save yourself time and possibly some health of your plant by putting them in at the time of planting.
Weeding can suck up a whole lot of time, trying to keep that garden neat and tidy. There are a few options when you are trying to save your time with weeding.
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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.